Hole-in-the-Ground

LaPine, Oregon

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Hole-in-the-Ground has a geological history identical to that of nearby Big Hole. Although smaller than Big Hole (0.5 mile in diameter versus 1 mile), Hole-in-the-Ground is the more impressive because it is deeper and unforested (or much less forested). Both are formerly underwater volcanic craters (actually, collapsed lava domes or “maars”), plopped in the middle of a lodgepole pine area. They are both at a higher elevation than Christmas Valley proper, and both are on the sandy (or ashy) volcanic soil that lodgepole pine simply adores. Highlights include a great big volcanic crater. In fact, two of them. The road from Highway 31 is wide and gravel, except for the last few hundred feet to the overlook. The road back out to Highway 31 is narrow and incredibly dusty, with one steep spot.

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"Hole-in-the-Ground has a geological history identical to that of nearby Big Hole. Although smaller than Big Hole (0.5 mile in diameter versus 1 mile), Hole-in-the-Ground is the more impressive because it is deeper and unforested (or much less forested). Both are formerly underwater volcanic craters (actually, collapsed lava domes or “maars”), plopped in the middle of a lodgepole pine area. They are both at a higher elevation than Christmas Valley proper, and both are on the sandy (or ashy) volcanic soil that lodgepole pine simply adores.

Highlights include a great big volcanic crater. In fact, two of them. The road from Highway 31 is wide and gravel, except for the last few hundred feet to the overlook. The road back out to Highway 31 is narrow and incredibly dusty, with one steep spot."

Activity Type: Off-Highway Drives
Nearby City: LaPine
Distance: 8.2
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Difficulty: Easy
Local Contacts: Deschutes National Forest
Local Maps: USGS Hole-in-the-Ground
Driving Directions: Directions to Hole-in-the-Ground

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May 2018