Schonchin Lookout Trail

Lava Beds National Monument, California 96134

Elevation Gain485ft
Trailhead Elevation4,817ft
Elevation Min/Max4817/5209ft
Elevation Start/End4817/4817ft

Schonchin Lookout Trail

Schonchin Lookout Trail is a hiking trail in Siskiyou County, California. It is within Lava Beds National Monument. It is 0.9 miles long and begins at 4,817 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 1.3 miles with a total elevation gain of 485 feet. The Schonchin Butte Parking is near the trailhead. There are also a waste basket and restrooms. Along the trail there are benches. The trail ends near the Schonchin Butte FIre Lookout viewpoint and Schonchin Butte (elevation 5,308 feet).

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101 Hikes in Northern California: Exploring Mountains, Valleys, and Seashore (Wilderness Press)
Matt Heid
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"Lava beds national monument is a land smothered by recent lava flows, pocked with cinder cones, devoid of all surface water. A world both hostile and fascinating, it’s almost entirely visible from the fire lookout atop Schonchin (SKON-chin) Butte (5,253')."

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Incredible location! The reason this isnt a 5 star is the trail is well worn from cattle. There where several herds of cattle that
I came across. Petterson lake, Amazing! Awsome fishing (I caught 30+ large trout) There are many lakes and trails around that arnt on all the maps. If you go you have to check out Devils Horn, a local told me about it, incredible.

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Trail Information

Lava Beds National Monument
Nearby City
Lava Beds National Monument
Lava Beds National Monument
Local Contacts
USGS 7.5-min. Schonchin Butte
Local Maps