Popular Lassen Park Attraction Closed During 2018

Popular Lassen Park Attraction Closed During 2018

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Bumpass Hell.

It sounds like a place to avoid like hell when you’re on vacation.

But Bumpass Hell, the top hydrothermal feature in Northern California’s Lassen Volcanic National Park, is one of the “must-see” stops along the 30-mile-long main road through the park.

Unfortunately, those headed to Lassen this summer this summer literally won’t be able to “go to Hell.”

The Bumpass Hell area closure is newsworthy since the park’s through-road is expected to open in time for the Memorial Day weekend.

However, the closure itself is “old news” since it has been in the works since at least last October when the ChicoER News reported that the park planned to replace at least part of the boardwalks the run through Bumpass Hell and address safety and maintenance issues along the trail into the area.

Visitors to Lassen in 2018 will have to get “up close and personal” with fumaroles, boiling pools, mud pots, and the “rotten egg” smell of Sulphur at other hydrothermal locations within the park, or make do with a “virtual visit” to Bumpass Hell via this video.

(Lassen Volcanic National Park is the favorite federal park in the West of Tales Told From The Road editor, Dick Jordan. He has visited the park several times. Read more about Lassen in this Tales Told From The Road story.)


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