Clear Lake Loop Willamette National Forest Clear Lake Trail McKenzie River Trail Hike Oregon
The pristine Cascadian jewel called Clear Lake, was forged in the fires of a volcanic eruption, three centuries ago. The lave flow that dammed the lake still occupies stretches of the shoreline. A loop trail around Clear Lake weaves through resilient old growth forests and fields of volcanic rock, offering beautiful lake views around almost every turn. The 5-mile loop hike combines Clear... Read more.
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Tagged with · Cascade Range · Free Trails · Lakes · Lava · McKenzie Bridge · Sisters · Willamette National Forest
Distance: 5 miles · Elevation change: 75 feet
By: Published: Last updated: January 11, 2018
Inferno Cone Trail Craters of the Moon National Monument Idaho cinder cone hike
Inferno Cone Trail is a short but steep path up the cinder cone at the center of the scenic loop drive in Crater of the Moon National Monument. This 6,181-foot summit provides a panoramic view of the surrounding volcanic landscape. Inferno Cone Trail is just half a mile round trip with 160 feet of elevation gain. The killer overview of Craters of the Moon is well worth the effort. As... Read more.
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Tagged with · Cinder Cones · Lava · Summits
Distance: 0.5 miles · Elevation change: 160 feet
By: Published: Last updated: September 7, 2017
Caves Trail in Craters of the Moon National Monument, Idaho, A hike above and below the surface of a lava flow exploring Indian Tunnel, Dewdrop Cave, Boy Scout Cave, and Beauty Cave - lava tube, lava cave, lava tunnel hiking
One of the coolest things to do anywhere there are lava flows is hike through lava tubes. This makes Caves Trail the most exciting hike in Craters of the Moon National Monument. The 1.6-mile hike visits four lava tubes, that each provide a unique experience. A sign at the trailhead explains: The Craters of the Moon landscape is more than just surface volcanic features. Below ground there... Read more.
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Tagged with · Caves · Lava · Lava Tubes
Distance: 1.6 miles · Elevation change: 75 feet
By: Published: Last updated: September 7, 2017
Camping Craters of the Moon National Monument Lava Flow Campground Idaho camp
If you are planning to stay overnight at Craters of the Moon National Monument, you are in luck. A 51-site campground is located near the park entrance. Accommodations are scarce around Craters of the Moon, so it's a good thing the campground is there. If your flashlight runs out of batteries, you'll have to drive 18 miles to the small town of Arco to pick up supplies. Lava Flow... Read more.
Tagged with · Arco · Lava · Tent Camping
By: Published: Last updated: January 3, 2018
Lave Canyon hike Mount Saint Helens National Monument Gifford Pinchot National Forest Washington
With a name like Lava Canyon, you aren't likely to overlook this trail in the blast zone of Mount Saint Helens. What can you expect from this hike? For starters, you'll travel down a narrow canyon with precarious edges and exiting waterfall views. Then you'll cross the canyon on a suspension bridge that bounces and sways a bit too much for comfort. If that sounds good, get ready for an... Read more.
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Tagged with · Cascade Range · Creeks · Gifford Pinchot National Forest · Lava
Distance: 1.25 miles · Elevation change: 250 feet
By: Published: Last updated: December 21, 2017
Ape Caves Trail Washington hike Mount Saint Helens National Monument Gifford Pinchot National Forest Ape Tube
Do you want to go on a long hike in a dark tunnel? Ape Cave is the place. Ape Cave is one of the longest lava tubes in the world, measuring approximately 2.5 miles from end to end. Hikers may travel unguided through the lava tube. Make just a few preparations and Ape Cave will deliver a one-of-a-kind adventure. From the cave's main entrance, visitors have two options: Head down to... Read more.
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Tagged with · Cascade Range · Caves · Gifford Pinchot National Forest · Lava · Lava Tubes
Distance: 3.75 miles · Elevation change: 400 feet
By: Published: Last updated: December 21, 2017
Trail of two forests hike Washington lava forest tunnel Mount Saint Helens National Volcanic Monument Washington Gifford Pinchot National Forest
Trail of Two Forests offers a window into two time periods of forestation shaped by nearby Mount Saint Helens. The current forest is obvious - moss, fern, trees, and fighting shrubs that have regrown over lava that covered this land approximately 2,000 years ago. The second forest is ghosts of trees that once stood here. As slow-moving molten lava cooled, it surrounded trees and began to... Read more.
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Tagged with · Cascade Range · Gifford Pinchot National Forest · Lava · Lava Tubes · Nature Trails
Distance: 0.25 miles · Elevation change: 25 feet
By: Published: Last updated: December 21, 2017
Mojave Desert Petroglyphs North Lava Bed Wash 17 mile point Mojave National Preserve California
Visitors driving though Mojave National Preserve between Baker and Kelso Depot may wish to stop near Seventeen Mile Point for a quick walk to simple petroglyphs drawn into the volcanic rock outcroppings along the road. While certainly not the only petroglyphs in the preserve, these might be the easiest to get to. A petroglyph engraved into the rock On Kelbaker Road, 13.4 miles from... Read more.
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Tagged with · Free Trails · Lava · Petroglyphs
Distance: 0.25 miles · Elevation change: 25 feet
By: Published: Last updated: June 9, 2017
Lava Tube Trail Mojave National Preserve hike California desert cave -- A field of cinder cones stands out dramatically from the surrounding Mojave Desert between the city of Baker and Kelso Depot Visitor Center. Within the lava field is a short trail leading to a tube formed long ago by molten lava. A ladder takes hikers down into the tube where skylights (holes in the rock ceiling) illuminate a subterranean world.
A field of cinder cones stands out dramatically from the surrounding Mojave Desert between the city of Baker and Kelso Depot Visitor Center in Mojave National Preserve. Within the lava field is a short trail leading to a tube formed long ago by molten lava. A ladder takes hikers down into the tube where skylights (holes in the rock ceiling) illuminate a subterranean world. From the... Read more.
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Tagged with · Caves · Free Trails · Lava · Lava Tubes
Distance: 0.6 miles · Elevation change: 150 feet
By: Published: Last updated: January 24, 2018
Amboy Crater Mojave Desert hike California
Amboy Crater is nestled halfway between Barstow and Needles, just off historic Route 66. It is located near, but not within, Mojave National Preserve. A visit to Amboy Crater will definitely take you back in time. Ten thousand years ago, this cinder cone volcano erupted, transforming the surrounding landscape. A 3-mile round trip trail leads up and into the crater, connecting to a path... Read more.
By: Published: Last updated: June 7, 2017

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