Big Obsidian Flow Trail

Newberry National Volcanic Monument, Oregon

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.

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Best Easy Day Hikes: Bend and Central Oregon - 3rd Edition (Falcon Guides)
Lizann Dunegan
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"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." Read more
Day Hiking Bend and Central Oregon (The Mountaineers Books)
Brittany Manwill
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"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." Read more
Hiking Oregon (State Hiking Guides Series) (Falcon Guides)
Lizann Dunegan
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"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." Read more

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
Views
Features
Deschutes National Forest, Crescent Ranger District
Local Contacts
USFS Deschutes National Forest, Newberry National Volcanic Monument
Local Maps