Bumpass Hell: Popular hiking trail to reopen after two years

The trail to Bumpass Hell, one of Lassen Volcanic National Park’s most popular attractions, will reopen Friday after a closure of nearly two years.

The opening follows completion of improvements on the 1½-mile trail between Bumpass Hell parking area and Bumpass Hell basin. The trail provides the shortest route to the basin.

Bumpass Hell basin is an area of hydrothermal fumaroles and boiling mud pits crossed by a boardwalk, also recently reconstructed.

Hikers will see continuing rehabilitation efforts along the trail and within the basin. This includes restoration of an alternative quarter-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.

The trail was closed in October 2017 for the multi-year project. In all of 2017, it was open only seven weeks, because heavy snow had kept it closed until late August.

The previous year, the trail had been opened on July 4 — and then was shut a week later because two people broke bones when they slipped on the icy path.

More information and photos about the project are available at go.nps.gov/BHEA.

Source:: East Bay – Lifestyle


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