Birding · Hot Spring · River/Creek · Views · Wildlife
Highway 89 is closed in the late fall, most of spring, and winter. In those later seasons, it may be open to the Bumpass Hell Trailhead, but even that is dependent on weather.
The crowded trail maybe too frustrating for trail running.
This is a pretty easy trail that is family friendly. It features a gradual gain in elevation until you enter Bumpass Hell. From here, there is a steeper grade heading back down, ending in boardwalks over a series of thermal pools. The trail is pretty even and easily completed with a decent treaded shoe.
There is lots of educational material at the boardwalks for kids and adults alike. The trail is mostly uncovered, making a hat and water necessary as the sun is really hot here. The trail starts at a large parking lot that fills up by noon so come early. It's a little over 3 miles but can be extended if you add Crumbaugh Lake Trail or Mill Creek Falls Trail. Either way, this is a great unique, quick trail with or without kids.