Bumpass Hell is a geothermal area that spans 16 acres and has hot springs, fumaroles, and mud pots. Bumpass Hell is the result of fissures that tap the volcanic heat.
It is named after Kendall Vanhook Bumpass, a cowboy who worked in the Lassen area in the 1860s. One day Bumpass stumbled and his leg was badly scalded when it broke though a thin crust above a mud pot. He described it as "hell." A newspaper editor was interested in the story and convinced Bumpass to take him to this place. Unfortunately, Bumpass' leg broke through the crust again and had to be amputated. Take home lesson: Stay on those trails...
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