If one didn’t know better, the names of attractions at Lassen Volcanic National Park could be a deterrent, names such as Bumpass Hell, Devil’s Kitchen, and Boiling Lakes.
From the Bumpass Hell trailhead, it’s about 1.3 miles to this large hydrothermal area. You’ll know you are getting near when the strong rotten egg (sulfur) odor invades your nostrils. This area was named after Mr. Bumpass who lost his leg in 1865 when he broke through the surface of a scalding hot mud bank in an active geothermal area.
The first body of water seen while hiking down to Cold Boiling Lake is Crumbaugh Lake.
It’s about a half mile from Cold Boiling Lake to Crumbaugh Lake. Another option is to access this area from King Creek Picnic Area where it’s less than a mile to Cold Boiling Lake.
The wildflowers were blooming along the trail between Bumpass Hell and Cold Boiling Lake.