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Lava Cast Forest Trail

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This is a paved loop trail through lava flows that cooled around trees that have rotted away, leaving casts behind.


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Map Key

0.9

Miles

1.5

KM

Point to Point

5,791' 1,765 m

High

5,719' 1,743 m

Low

77' 23 m

Up

88' 27 m

Down

3%

Avg Grade (2°)

21%

Max Grade (12°)

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Features Geological Significance · Views

ADA Accessible

Family Friendly This is a short paved trail with cool lava features the whole family can do.

This trail is considered ADA accessible, but the western half isn't official, although it is paved: the trail narrows after a small wooden bridge and would be difficult in a wheelchair.

Need to Know

Day use fee required.

Description

Lava Cast Forest Trail is at the very end of the 9-mile dirt road which should be accessible for any 2-wheel drive car. There is a toilet and parking for only a few cars, although this area is infrequently used, so there should be parking available.

There are interpretive signs along the route to help you learn about the interesting history of this area where three different lava flows came together over different time frames. The most interesting aspect of this trail is the ghostly casts left behind by trees that rotted away after cooled lava surrounded them. These holes are still clearly visible reminders of the forest that was once here. You'll also have nice views of the Newberry Volcano and nice views of the Sisters from one section.

Flora & Fauna

Indian paintbrush adds splashes of red to the black, rocky landscape. Chipmunks and ground squirrels are common.

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Karl W

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Indian paintbrush among the lava.
Aug 1, 2019 near Three R…, OR
A vertical cast made from lava cooling around a tree, which then burned and rotted away.
Aug 1, 2019 near Three R…, OR

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Aug 12, 2020
Javi Turek
Jul 27, 2019
Karl W
Aug 22, 2017
Valerie Norton
https://valhikes.blogspot.com/2017/08/tree-cast-forest.html