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.
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