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Lava Falls

 2 votes

1.3 Miles 2.1 Kilometers


Singletrack

16' 5 m

Ascent

-2,512' -766 m

Descent

4,178' 1,273 m

High

1,676' 511 m

Low

36%

Avg Grade (20°)

75%

Max Grade (37°)

Unknown

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Intense and challenging or downright dangerous!

Megan W

Overview

Features: River/Creek — Views
Dogs: No Dogs

Description

The park service does not recommend this extremely steep, unmaintained trail, but some folks brave it. People report needing ice axes and good route finding skills. This grueling slog through lots of loose scree and over shifting blocks of lava is treacherous because a false step can start a rock slide or launch you over a drop-off.

Upon reaching river level, the trail turns right to follow the bank where you'll find a few sandy beaches and a viewpoint. The trail ends on cliffs above the famous Lava rapid where, if you're lucky, you'll see rafters caroming through. There is no shade or water on this serious excursion so plan accordingly. (River water must be filtered prior to drinking)

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Flora & Fauna

Beware of rattlesnakes and scorpions. Cactus, yucca.

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#29

in North Rim

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in North Rim

#662

in Arizona

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Did this hike yesterday it was great if you like pushing yourself. It took me just over an hour to get down and about 1:20 to get back up. It was probably one of the hardest hikes I have done in awhile. I did hang out for about 2-3 hrs at the bottom to watch a group ride lava. I attach a link of the hike out. movescount.com/moves/move18… Nov 6, 2017

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