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La Pine, Oregon, United States

Lava Cast Forest

A short walk through a lava field that has left behind impressions of old trees.

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Difficulty: Easy
Length: 0.7 miles / 1.1 km
Duration: 1 hour or less
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Overview: This is a cool little trail that takes you through a lava flow.  As the lava flowed around trees it left casts/holes of where the tree was. 

Formed approximately 7,000 years ago when hot molten lava flowed from the nearby Newberry Volcano, the landscape holds lava casts of the ancient trees that were growing there at the time. Over the years, Ponderosa pine, penstemon flowers, and Indian paintbrush have flourished in the rocky terrain adding life and beautiful splashes of color to the landscape.



Tips: Directions:
Southbound travellers take Hwy 97 South from Bend 10 miles passed Exit 143, take Exit 153, take first left after exit, follow signs to Lava Cast Forest. Paved road will turn to gravel. It is about 9 miles one way to the parking lot at Lava Cast Forest.

Northbound travellers take Exit 153, take first right after you exit, follow signs to Lava Cast Forest. Paved road will turn to gravel. It is about 9 miles one way to the parking lot at Lava Cast Forest.

Make sure you bring some water. Can get very warm with little shade.

Points of Interest

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Parking Area Trailhead

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Holes

These holes were formed when the lava flowed around trees. Later after the trees rot away all that was left was these casts.
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Views of the lava flow

Great views of the lava that oozed out of Newberry Crater 6,000 year ago.
Pictures in this guide taken by: JMilesMiller

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