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Trail of the Molten Land (Accessible)

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0.6 mile 1.0 kilometer point to point
96% Runnable
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Elevation

Ascent: 57' 17 m
Descent: -41' -12 m
High: 4,554' 1,388 m
Low: 4,504' 1,373 m

Grade

Avg 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

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Features Geological Significance · Views

Although this is a paved loop, only the eastern side is considered ADA accessible. The western half is narrower and potentially too steep for wheelchairs in parts.

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Fee required and parking can fill up on busy weekends.

Description

This interpretive trail is accessible from the visitor center and is paved the entire way, ensuring it is easy going. Each sign has a slightly wider paved area so there is room for people to read about the area's history and/or pass other groups. Some benches offer places to rest along the way too.

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.

Flora & Fauna

Chipmunks and ground squirrels abound.

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The path to Trail of the Molten Land
Mar 19, 2019 near Deschut…, OR
Paved interpretive path
Mar 19, 2019 near Deschut…, OR
Snowballs of Lava: Great Balls of Fire
Mar 19, 2019 near Deschut…, OR
"S" Paved trail
Mar 19, 2019 near Deschut…, OR

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