Trail of the Molten Land (Accessible)
ElevationAscent: 57' 17 m
Descent: -41' -12 m
High: 4,554' 1,388 m
Low: 4,504' 1,373 m
GradeAvg Grade: 3% (2°)
Max Grade: 12% (7°)
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“A paved path through a geologically recent lava flow that offers cool, barren volcanic rocks and views of the Sisters”— Karl W
The trail quickly enters the massive lava flow and switchbacks up to offer awesome views of Lava Butte, Mt Bachelor, Broken Top, the Sisters, and more. The snow capped mountains over the rugged black rocks that seem to barely support any plants after over 7,000 years make for a jarring juxtaposition - and great photos.
The north end of the loop intersects the Phil Brogan View Point trail which is well worth taking.
Follow the trail around to the west and south to complete a loop and then follow the trail back to the visitor's center.
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Land Manager: USFS - Deschutes National Forest Office