Lassen Volcanic National Park: Bumpass Hell to Kings Creek Campground

Hit two alluring lakes while exploring a landscape carved by fire and chiseled by ice on this picturesque 9.2-mile out-and-back lined with plentiful wildflowers.
Avatar:
Author:
Publish date:
Social count:
0
Hit two alluring lakes while exploring a landscape carved by fire and chiseled by ice on this picturesque 9.2-mile out-and-back lined with plentiful wildflowers.

Trail Facts

  • Distance: 7.3

Waypoints

BH001

Location: 40.466099, -121.514099

Gradual 500-ft. climb; to SE, see Bumpass Mtn. and surrounding terrain

BH002

Location: 40.46077, -121.510002

Descend into thermal area

BH003

Location: 40.45723, -121.5028

L @ 3-way to overlook of park's largest geothermals.
Stay on trails and boardwalks that protect brittle crusts

BH004

Location: 40.45752, -121.5028

Bumpass Hell Overlook; thermal warning! Watch steam vents and mud pots. Man who gave Bumpass Hell its name lost a leg after falling into the boiling waters

BH005

Location: 40.45203, -121.495903

Traverse beautiful meadows; glimpses of Crumbaugh Lake

BH006

Location: 40.456261, -121.483002

Cold Boiling Springs Lake, where trapped CO2 gas rises and mimics boiling

BH007

Location: 40.45557, -121.484001

R @ 3-way to Crumbaugh Lake; descend through cool forests

BH008

Location: 40.449741, -121.488503

L @ 3-way; see Crumbaugh Lake. Lava cliffs encircle lake basin

BH009

Location: 40.448109, -121.488197

Crumbaugh Lake. Take in secluded olive-green cradle ringed with greenery. Return to WPT 7; turn R, heading ENE to Kings Creek Campground

BH010

Location: 40.459911, -121.474503

Kings Creek picnic area; retrace route to car. Sidetrip: 1.9-mi. trek E along road to Kings Creek Falls for photogenic 30-ft. cascades; follow signs