There are many trails to hike in the National Park. Most are moderately
strenuous to strenuous.|
Bumpass Hell Trail was only 3 miles but it starts at 8,400 feet, climbs up over 500 feet and then down 300 feet into the park's largest hydrothermal area. It is named after a local guide who, in the 1860's plunged a leg through the thin crust covering a seething mud pot. Although badly burned, he wisecracked about his easy decent into hell.
The trail passes from one side of a mountain where it is breezy and easy climbing to the other side where there is no breeze, minimum shade and hard climbing on the way back.
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