Lava Butte Trail is a hiking trail in Deschutes County, Oregon. It is within Newberry National Volcanic Monument. It is 0.3 miles long and begins at 5,013 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 0.6 miles with a total elevation gain of 170 feet. Lava Butte (elevation 5,023 feet) is near the trailhead. There are also an observation tower, parking, and a restrooms.
Lava Butte Trail Professional Review and Guide
"This route combines two trails: the Trail of the Molten Land and the Trail of the Whispering Pines. The first trail takes you on a journey through an amazing lava flow to a viewpoint with spectacular views of the Central Cascade Mountains. This short hike takes you on a tour of the moonlike landscape of a spectacular lava flow—the result of an eruption of Lava Butte that occurred between 6,000 and 7,000 years ago.When Lava Butte erupted, the lava flowed in three main channels covering 10 square miles and blocking the Deschutes River in five different locations. This route begins adjacent to the Lava Lands Visitor Center."
--Lizann Dunegan, Best Easy Day Hikes: Bend & Central Oregon (Falcon Guides).
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