McKenzie Lava Flow and George Lake

McKenzie Pass, Oregon

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Nowhere is the volcanic history of the Cascade Range on better display than here. The massive lava flows around McKenzie Pass are so desolate they look as if they spewed out of the ground only yesterday. This hike takes you across these jagged flows all the way to their source at Little Belknap Crater. From there the stark panorama is punctuated by views of the Three Sisters, a trio of tall, relatively young volcanoes. If you prefer an overnight outing, continue to George Lake, a tranquil, forest-rimmed pool directly beneath the pinnacle of Mount Washington, an ancient volcanic plug that is now extinct. The sharp lava quickly destroys tennis shoes, so wear good boots. Also remember that a dog’s unprotected paws will be cut to shreds.
100 Classic Hikes in Oregon

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100 Classic Hikes in Oregon

by Douglas Lorain (The Mountaineers Books)

Nowhere is the volcanic history of the Cascade Range on better display than here. The massive lava flows around McKenzie Pass are so desolate they look as if they spewed out of the ground only yesterday. This hike takes you across these jagged flows all the way to their source at Little Belknap Crater.

From there the stark panorama is punctuated by views of the Three Sisters, a trio of tall, relatively young volcanoes. If you prefer an overnight outing, continue to George Lake, a tranquil, forest-rimmed pool directly beneath the pinnacle of Mount Washington, an ancient volcanic plug that is now extinct. The sharp lava quickly destroys tennis shoes, so wear good boots. Also remember that a dog’s unprotected paws will be cut to shreds.

©  Douglas Lorain/The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Backpacking, Hiking
Nearby City: McKenzie Pass
Length: 5.2
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 3 hours to Little Belknap Crater; 2 days to George Lake
Season: Late June to October
Local Maps: Geo-Graphics Mount Washington Wilderness
Topo Map: McKenzie Lava Flow and George Lake Topographic Map
Guide Book: 100 Classic Hikes in Oregon Guide Book
Driving Directions: View Directions
Trail Directions: View Guide

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