Lava River National Recreation Trail #3540
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
|Operational Hours:||Access is dependent on McKenzie Highway (OR Hwy 242), which is closed in the winter. Check tripcheck.com for conditions. Closed 10/21/2021 for winter season.|
|Restrictions:||Highway 242 (McKenzie Highway) is not suitable for trailers or long recreational vehicles.|
|Closest Towns:||McKenzie Bridge, OR (west)
Sisters, OR (east)
|Restroom:||At Dee Wright Observatory|
|Information Center:||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.
- Mt. Washington Wilderness
- Three Sisters Wilderness
- Scott Lake Campground
- Dee Wright Observatory
- Pacific Crest Trail
- Lava Camp Lake Campground (Deschutes National Forest)
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.
|Difficulty Level:||Easy to Intermediate|
Alerts & Warnings
- FIRE CLOSURES: Lookout, Bedrock, Cedar Creek, Beachie Creek & Lionshead
- Fall Pile Burning and Prescribed Fire Planned
- Portion of McKenzie River Trail closed; trail detour in place
- Christmas Tree Permits Available Now; 6th Annual Ornament Hunt Nov. 17-Dec. 31
- Forest Road 46 open from Detroit to Estacada