Fleener Chimneys Trail
ElevationAscent: 58' 18 m
Descent: -40' -12 m
High: 4,516' 1,376 m
Low: 4,469' 1,362 m
GradeAvg Grade: 10% (6°)
Max Grade: 17% (10°)
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“An easy run to some unique lava formations.”— QuinTCM TCM
The initial portion of the trail is paved and contains several rock stairs. Walking along the paved trail, head past the turn off for the picnic area moving east and continue northwest. Climb some stairs. The trail turns to dirt at the top of the stairs. Also at the top of the stairs is a formation called the Dragon's Mouth. This is an excellent example of a surface tube that was formed when pahoehoe lava flowed from the base of the spatter cones that created Fleener Chimneys. Follow the trail a little further to the chimneys. The chimneys themselves are ringed by metal railings.
Fleener Chimneys are spatter cones that were formed when magma and gases were released from Gillems Bluff, a major fault in the earth's crust. The gases and magma exploded out of the fault and burped up globs of molten lava that slowly built up the spatter cones. Lava flowing beneath the chimneys moved north and formed Devils Homestead lava flow, which extends 3.5 miles north along Gillems Bluff and is easily visible.
The book "Lava Beds Caves" by Charlie & Jo Larson is an excellent resource on some of the many formations found within the park. It is available for purchase at the Visitor Center.
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Land Manager: U.S. National Park Service - Lava Beds National Monument