Lava Cast Forest Trail
ElevationAscent: 77' 23 m
Descent: -88' -27 m
High: 5,791' 1,765 m
Low: 5,719' 1,743 m
GradeAvg Grade: 3% (2°)
Max Grade: 21% (12°)
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“This is a paved loop trail through lava flows that cooled around trees that have rotted away, leaving casts behind.”— Karl W
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.
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Land Manager: USFS - Deschutes National Forest Office
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