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Lava River Trail

This short, paved interpretive trail offers remarkable views of lava that flowed from Yapoah Crater.

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

Length: 0.50 miles
Loop Trail? No
Type: Nature Trail
Agency: USDA Forest Service
Entry Fee? No
Parking Fee? No

Allowed Uses:

Pedestrian - Walking/Hiking/Running

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

Driving Directions

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

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.

Additional Details

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

Average Grade: 2%
Maximum Grade: 10%
Elevation Low Point: 5,300
Elevation High Point: 5,300
Elevation Gain (cumulative): Not Available

Year Designated:
1980

Supporting Webpages and Documents

Website: USFS Trail Details

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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