A key highlight of a visit to Lassen Volcanic National Park is the short hike to Bumpass Hell. The area took its name from Kendall Vanhook Bumpass, a hunter/cowboy/prospector who is said to have discovered the area in 1864 while looking for stray cattle. As the story goes, Bumpass broke through the thin crust and burned his foot on his first visit.
Lassen Volcanic National Park
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Though the towering peak of a dormant volcanic is the main attraction of Lassen Volcanic National Park, there are many other fascinating aspects to this park in northern California. Take Bumpass Hell, for instance.
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North of Yosemite, Sequoia, Kings Canyon, Joshua Tree, and a host of other national park units in California, you might say Lassen Volcanic National Park gets no respect. You might also say it's a jewel in the rough, one that doesn't draw crowds, instead allowing you to enjoy this incredible landscape in relative solitude. A measure of solitude, of course, when compared to the Yosemite Valley, the Giant Forest, even sections of Death Valley come the cooler winter months.
Thinking about tackling Lassen Volcanic National Park’s iconic trail, the Lassen Peak Trail? Test your stamina with the much shorter Ridge Lakes Trail not far from the Kohn Ya-mah-nee Visitor Center just inside the park’s Southwest Entrance.
Astute observers, and wide-ranging park travelers, easily identified this week's Mystery Photo as the seismograph station at Lassen Volcanic National Park in northern California.
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If there's no other hike you do at Lassen Volcanic National Park -- and hiking to the park's roof atop 10,475-foot Lassen Peak is not for everyone -- the nice walk to Bumpass Hell is the one to do.