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Bumpass Hell Trail to Open 9/13

Posted September 7, 2019

Lassen Volcanic National Park plans to re-open the Bumpass Hell Trail September 13, following the partial completion of a multi-year trail rehabilitation project.

“We look forward to welcoming hikers on the newly rehabilitated Bumpass Hell Trail,” said Superintendent Jim Richardson. “The trail improvements enhance both the hiking experience and the condition of the historic trail.”

The re-opening follows completion of improvements on the 1.5-mile trail between Bumpass Hell parking area and Bumpass Hell basin. The resulting trail is wider, smoother, and better designed to withstand erosion. The trail provides the shortest route to Bumpass Hell basin and the recently reconstructed boardwalk.

Hikers will see continuing rehabilitation efforts along the trail and within the basin. This includes restoration of an alternative 0.2-mile basin access trail and overlook enhancement. The second basin trail will remain closed until construction is complete and access to overlooks may be limited.

Lassen Volcanic began the multi-year project to rehabilitate the Bumpass Hell Trail and boardwalk in 2018. The purpose of project is to ease maintenance for the Bumpass Hell Trail and boardwalk, while preserving natural and historic resources, improving interpretive opportunities, and accommodating high visitor use to and within the Bumpass Hell Basin.

More information and photos about the project are available at

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