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Mt. Lassen Volcanic National Park - Part I

lassen sign

400,000 years ago there was a volcano that erupted and almost completely destroyed itself. What's left of this volcano is called Mt. Lassen and its peak stands 10,457 feet above sea level in the northeastern part of California. It exploded big time in 1914, some of which was caught on film. It's still geothermally active: brewing, bubbling and spittin' out steam and sulpher. Some areas of Mt. Lassen are reportedly getting hotter, which means it's likely to erupt again in the future.

mt lassen from afar

Mt. Lassen is mostly quite heavenly: steep glaciated valleys, clear mountains streams and lakes surrounded by lush pine forests and fields of wildflowers.

But when the boyfriend and I went there with metalgypsy and whosplittheatom, we checked out the hellish parts...

bumpass hell sign

There once was a man named Kendal Bumpass. He loved to wander in Mt. Lassen's hydrothermal areas. Then he stepped in a boiling mud pot and lost a leg. After that he didn't like it so much. In fact, he said it was a descent into hell. People couldn't help refering to this area as, "Bumpass Hell." Let's hope, dear readers, you will never have an entry way into hell named after you!

Bumpass Hell [below]

mud pots overview

From what I understand, this is a fumarole [below]. Fumaroles are vents that let out volcanic gases emitted by magma cooling at great depths.

sulpher rising

Sulfuric acid eats the rocks and leaves behind a white, powdery mixture of silica, kaolinite and aluminum.

bumpass hell5

A mud pot is the intermediate phase between a fumarole and a boiling spring.

close up mud pots3

I do not want to lick these boiling mud pots. I do not want to marry them or hump them or have their hissing, sulpheric little magma babies. I do not want this Sam I am.

mud pot1

Scorched earth.


Mt. Lassen Volcanic National Park - Part II - "Subway Caves" coming to a friends page near you...


( 11 comments — Leave a comment )
Aug. 16th, 2006 05:56 am (UTC)
Nice pictures.
Aug. 16th, 2006 08:13 am (UTC)
Aw, Mt. Lassen. I have a photo of me standing in the brush in front of that same scene with the peak in the background. How refreshing - I loved it there.
Aug. 16th, 2006 11:59 am (UTC)
Wow! Those are great pictures. Is that in northern California? It looks about cool as fuck.
Aug. 16th, 2006 01:27 pm (UTC)
Yeah, it's in northern California.
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Aug. 16th, 2006 11:26 pm (UTC)
I think we drove past that wild horse sanctuary on the way home. We drove past *a* wild horse sanctuary anyways.
Aug. 17th, 2006 12:04 am (UTC)
Wow, I did not know this. We hope to hike to the peak next year. I haven't seen Burney Falls...there's so much there I haven't seen yet.
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Aug. 17th, 2006 01:42 pm (UTC)
Trinity Alps
Funny that you should mentioned the Trinity Alps. Someone on my friends list posted some wonderful pictures of her 4 day backpacking trip in the Trinity Alps.


I've only explored a tiny slice of the Trinity Alps: Beegum Gorge. I wrote about it and posted some pics last trip about camping there but you may not have been my lj buddy at that time so here's a link:

Aug. 16th, 2006 09:49 pm (UTC)
wow,you're so lucky!
Aug. 18th, 2006 02:04 pm (UTC)
Nice pics. I've driven through the Lassen area a few times, but knew nothing of its geological history.
Aug. 19th, 2006 09:06 pm (UTC)
rocks that rock you
So now I'm thinking Mt.Lassen and not the Red Woods. You got your self a California book going, don't ya know.
Aug. 21st, 2006 03:31 pm (UTC)
Hi Babe,

I loved the bump ass pass, too! I find it ironic that the volcano exploded in 1914 because that was the year your grandma was born. She always was a hottie! Can we go there, too? We want to see it all! Love ya lots, Mom
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