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Best Easy Day Hikes: Bend & Central Oregon
by Lizann Dunegan (Falcon Guides)
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.
This is one of my favorite "park" hikes anywhere. Every year we visit Bend we come to this place. It is so peaceful, quiet and simple. I usually prefer natural trails, but this paved trail is wide and easy to navigate. I highly recommend this hike to everyone.
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