Lava River National Recreation Trail #3540

  

Photo of Lava River Trail showing the asphalt paving surrounded by a field of lava and peak ahead

Located near the Dee Wright Observatory, this paved interpretive trail offers a unique half-mile hike through lava that flowed from Yapoah Crater approximately 2,000 to 2,700 years ago. As you traverse the trail, you will find interpretive signs that offer geologic information describing the numerous lava formations along the trail.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: 8/2/18: Trail is clear.
Operational Hours: Access is dependent on McKenzie Highway (OR Hwy 242), which is closed in the winter. Check tripcheck.com for conditions.
Open Season: July (snow dependent)
Usage: Heavy
Restrictions: Highway 242 (McKenzie Highway) is not suitable for trailers or long recreational vehicles.
Closest Towns: McKenzie Bridge, OR (west)
Sisters, OR (east)
Water: None
Restroom: At Dee Wright Observatory
Information Center: McKenzie River Ranger Station

General Information

Directions:

Access from the Dee Wright Observatory. The Lava River Trail is just east of the observatory and accessed from the parking area.


General Notes:

Map of Lava River trail

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Accessibility:

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.


Activities


Hiking

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Highlights

Location

 
  Area/Length : 
.5 mile

  Elevation : 
5300 feet

 



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