The accessible Lava River National Recreation Trail offers an unusual half-mile hike.
This paved interpretive trail provides remarkable views of lava that flowed from Yapoah Crater approximately 2,000 to 2,700 years ago.
As you traverse the trail you will find interpretive signs which offer geologic information describing the numerous lava formations along the trail.
At a Glance
Highway 242 is closed in winter - approximately November - July
McKenzie River Ranger Station
Access from the Dee Wright Observatory.
The Lava River Trail is just east of the observatory and accessed from the parking area.
The trail is wheelchair accessible, but please note that even though trail is paved it is “most difficult” for wheelchairs due to steep grades (at 0-8%) with drop-offs.
And, though the majority of the trail is accessible, be aware that there is a “hiker loop” at the back of the trail which is not barrier free.