Lava River Trail

photo: The Lava River Trail winds through a massive lava flow and features many interpretive signs. Photo by Chris Chandler.

Type: Nature Trail
Length: 0.50 miles
Loop Trail? No
Allowed Uses: Pedestrian - Walking/Hiking/Running
Agency: USDA Forest Service
Entry Fee? No
Parking Fee? No

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Directions

Location: In Willamette National Forest at McKenzie Pass on SR 242, W of Sisters.
State(s): Oregon
Counties: Linn, Deschutes
Latitude: 44.260294
Longitude
: -121.800970

From McKenzie Bridge, OR travel east on Highway 126 for about 5 miles; turn right on Highway 242. Continue on Highway 242 for 22 miles to the Dee Wright Observatory at the top of the McKenzie Pass.

From Sisters, OR travel west on Highway 242 for 15 miles to the Dee Wright Observatory.

Description

This short, paved interpretive trail offers remarkable views of lava that flowed from Yapoah Crater. Interpretive signs share geologic information on the lava formations along the trail.

Additional Details

Width: 36 inches.
Primary Surface: Asphalt
Secondary Surface: Asphalt

Average Grade: 2%
Elevation Low Point: 5,300
Elevation High Point: 5,300
Elevation Gain (cumulative): Not Available

Year Designated:
1980

Contact Information

For more information and current conditions, contact the trail manager (listed below). For questions, suggestions, and corrections to information listed on the website, contact American Trails.

Trail management:
Steve Otoupalik
Willamette National Forest
P.O. Box 10607 McKinzie Hwy.
McKenzie Bridge , OR 97413
(541) 822-3381
sotoupalik@fs.fed.us
http://www.fs.fed.us/r6/willamette

 

Photos

The Lava River Trail winds through a massive lava flow and features many interpretive signs. Photo by Chris Chandler.

The Lava River Trail winds through a massive lava flow and features many interpretive signs. Photo by Chris Chandler.

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