Whitney Butte Trail is a hiking trail in Siskiyou County, California. It is within Lava Beds Wilderness and Lava Beds National Monument. It is 3.7 miles long and begins at 4,900 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 7.4 miles with a total elevation gain of 575 feet. The Merrill Ice Cave entrance is near the trailhead. There are also a picnic site, parking, and restrooms.
Whitney Butte Trail Professional Reviews and Guides
"Hike through an open landscape past chunks of recently extruded dark lava to the top of a small volcano, where you’ll have sweeping views of Mount Shasta, Lava Beds National Monument, and other volcanic landforms of far northeastern California. Start the adventure by exploring the dark and frigid recesses of Merrill Ice Cave."
--John R. Soares & Marc J. Soares, 100 Classic Hikes in Northern California (The Mountaineers Books).
"The trail starts at the Merrill Ice Cave and skirts Whitney Butte en route to the Callahan Lava Flow. The lava flow is a jagged wasteland of jumbled and twisted black rock, stretching off to the southern horizon. Stark landscapes and harsh high-desert beauty await the well-prepared hiker who carries plenty of water and adequate sun protection. Terrain: Dirt path, Volcanic highlands and sagebrush steppe."
--Dan Brett, Hike America: Northern California (The Globe Pequot Press).
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