Big Obsidian Flow Trail

Newberry National Volcanic Monument, Oregon 97739

Distance0.5mi
Elevation Gain308ft
Trailhead Elevation6,388ft
Top6,601ft
Elevation Min/Max6388/6601ft
Elevation Start/End6388/6388ft

Big Obsidian Flow Trail

Big Obsidian Flow Trail is a hiking trail in Deschutes County, Oregon. It is within Newberry National Volcanic Monument. It is 0.5 miles long and begins at 6,388 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 0.7 miles with a total elevation gain of 308 feet. The Big Obsidian Flow Trailhead parking is near the trailhead. There are also restrooms and an amphitheater.

Big Obsidian Flow Trail Professional Reviews and Guides

"An interpretive loop trail through a huge mountain of obsidian equal to 1.1 square miles or about 640 football fields. Dogs are not allowed on the trail due to numerous sharp rocks. The paved trailhead passes through skinny lodgepole pines before climbing a steep set of stairs to the obsidian flow. Standing on the natural volcanic glass, very similar to the glass in your windows, you’ll see Lost Lake.

As you continue climbing, you’ll see much of the monument and, off in the distance, the Cascade Mountains, including the Three Sisters. Special attractions: A walk up the face of one of North America’s largest obsidian flows; opportunity to explore the many facets of Newberry Volcanic National Monument."

"The Big Obsidian Flow Trail is an easy and convenient way to check out Oregon’s youngest lava flow. Located in Newberry National Volcanic Monument, this fascinating path crosses the lava flow and highlights the volcanic history of the area.

One of the main attractions at the 55,000-acre Newberry National Volcanic Monument is the Big Obsidian Flow Trail, which provides a fascinating tour of Oregon’s youngest lava
flow. The trail, which begins as a flat, paved path, offers
panoramic views of the flow and includes interpretive signs."

"If you only have time to make one stop at Newberry Caldera, this should be it. It’s a popular spot because it’s one of the most fascinating hikes in the state. The gnarly volcanic habitat here looks like something out of an old fairy tale."

"The Big Obsidian Flow Trail is an easy and convenient way to check out Oregon’s youngest lava flow. Located in Newberry National Volcanic Monument, this fascinating path crosses the lava flow and highlights the volcanic history of the area. Interpretive signs along the way explain how Native Americans visited the area to collect obsidian for making jewelry and tools.

One of the main attractions at the 55,000-acre Newberry National Volcanic Monument is the Big Obsidian Flow Trail, which provides a fascinating tour of Oregon’s youngest lava flow. The trail, which begins as a flat, paved path, offers panoramic views of the flow and includes interpretive signs intended to make understanding the landscape easy. The lava rock is very sharp,so be sure to wear sturdy shoes."

Big Obsidian Flow Trail Reviews

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7/20/2005
A fun trail if you enjoy signs about the surroundings every few steps... Not really a trail to go on for views. But it was short, easy, and informative.
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Trail Information

Newberry National Volcanic Monument
Nearby City
Newberry National Volcanic Monument
Parks
Dog-friendly, Kid-friendly
Accessibility
Deschutes National Forest, Crescent Ranger District
Local Contacts
USFS Deschutes National Forest, Newberry National Volcanic Monument
Local Maps

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Jul 2018