Exploring Lava Tubes and Bumpass Hell

We’ve spent the last few days here in Shingletown, CA, visiting with Teresa’s relatives. Today, uncle Roy had the day off, and we explored the area. We drove 30 minutes east to Subway Cave, a lava tube system near Lassen Volcanic National Park.Subway Lava Cave

The outside temperature when we got our start was about 60 degrees, but once you were in the cave, it dropped to just over 40. The lava tubes extended out in several directions and varied in size. We had to duck down a few times as the ceiling dropped.

Subway Lava Cave Exit

We then put our National Park Pass to work, and rolled into Lassen Volcanic National Park. Lassen Peak’s largest and most recent eruption was on May 22,1915. The park holds painted dunes, cinder cones, boiling lakes, and Bumpass Hell. Bumpass Hell, named after a man who lost a leg from falling into boiling water, is a 16 acre area full of steam vents and bubbling pools of water and mud. The sounds, and smells (sulfer), were very interesting.

Trail to Bumpass HellTeresa and Roy in the Mud

Bumpass Hell

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2 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Christine on October 10, 2009 at 11:34 am

    Sounds like a very interesting place. Reminds me a little of the caves you took us to in Oregon. Hope the fridge is fixed. can’t wait to see where you go next!
    love Mom

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  2. Wow, that was an interesting part of the trip eh? Could you feel the heat from he boiling pools? Good luck in the next adventure~

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