Schonchin Butte Trail
ElevationAscent: 460' 140 m
Descent: -457' -139 m
High: 5,286' 1,611 m
Low: 4,826' 1,471 m
GradeAvg Grade: 12% (7°)
Max Grade: 24% (14°)
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“Exposed trail to the top of a cinder cone with commanding views of the surrounding wilderness.”— QuinTCM TCM
Family Friendly A great hike up a cinder cone volcano that offers commanding views of the surrounding wilderness. Everyone loves volcanoes and this is an excellent way to gain some elevation without too much effort.
The trail immediately begins to gain elevation and is exposed for its entire duration. After hiking west for maybe .4 miles, the trail turns east for a short distance before again turning west right before the top. At the top of the cinder cone is the Schonchin Butte Fire Lookout that was built by the Civilian Conservation Corps. During summer months, a firefighter is on duty and can provide information as well as administer a a Junior Fire Lookout program for kids. Make your way around the top of the cinder cone and soak in some of the views before heading back down.
Land Manager: U.S. National Park Service - Lava Beds National Monument