August 3, 2015

Bumpass Hell hike


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Kings Creek in Kings Creek Meadow

Kings Creek Meadow seems to have escaped the destruction of the 1915 eruption.

Lassen Volcanic National Park, California

August 3, 2015
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Glacial erratic boulder

A huge glacial erratic boulder next to the parking lot at the Bumpass Hell trailhead.

Lassen Volcanic National Park, California

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Mount Tehama viewpoint

From this viewpoint one can see the circle of peaks that remained after the collapse and erosion of Mount Brokeoff (Mount Tehama).

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View over Bumpass Hell

A short side trail at the edge of Bumpass Hell leads to this small hilltop giving a view over the fumarole area.

Bumpass Hell Trail, Lassen Volcanic National Park, California

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East edge of Bumpass Hell

There is an interesting contrast between the scorched earth of the fumarole area and the surrounding lush meadow and forest vegetation.

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End of the boardwalk at Bumpass Hell

The end of the Bumpass Hell boardwalk has a cold spring and stream on one side and sulfurous steam vents on the other.

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High walkway across Bumpass Hell

The wooden walkways through Bumpass Hell both protect the natural features from wear by foot traffic, and keep the unwary away from dangerous boiling water and steam.

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Mud pots

Bubbling mud pots occur several places in Bumpass Hell. It is said that the Disney animators studied them for a scene in the animated classic Fantasia.

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The Big Boiler steam vent

The Big Boiler has always been the most active feature in Bumpass Hell, emitting clouds of steam and making a loud roaring noise.

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Coordinates: 40.4577 N -121.5021 W
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Stream exit from Bumpass Hell

A small stream gathers the runoff from the hot springs and exits the caldera through a narrow gap.

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Coordinates: 40.4573 N -121.5024 W
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Lupines on the Bumpass Hell Trail

Mountain wildflowers, especially lupines, cover the slopes of the Bumpass Hell caldera in summer.

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Bumpass Hell Overlook

From this point one looks down a hundred feet into the fumarole area known as Bumpass Hell.

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Trail along Bumpass Mountain

The trail to the fumarole area begins by traversing the rocky slopes of Bumpass Mountain.

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Upper Kings Creek

Upper Kings Creek Meadow is a picnic area and trailhead. It is a short hike downstream from here to the main meadow.

Lassen Volcanic National Park, California

August 3, 2015
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Kings Creek Meadow

Kings Creek circles around in this large flat meadow, presumably a former lake basin.

Lassen Volcanic National Park, California

August 3, 2015
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coordinates: 40.46 N -121.4675 W
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