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Lava Cast Forest

EASY 13 reviews
La Pine, Oregon
Lava Cast Forest is a 1 mile loop trail located near La Pine, OR that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, trail running, and nature trips and is accessible from May until October.

1.0 miles 52 feet Loop

kid friendly

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

wild flowers

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


11 months ago

Very easy hike with cool scenery. Very bumpy drive in on 9 mile gravel road. Worth doing once.


2 years ago

The drive in is on a LONG gravel road. We didn't realize that one time when we were pulling our trailer, but couldn't find a place to turn around so we just had to suck it up and drive it all the way in. Other than pulling a trailer - the drive in is worth it. Nice, easy, paved path through the lava cast forest. It looks like another world. Great geology lesson for kids (and grown-ups, too.) Some mountain views in the distance.


2 years ago

hiking

cool paved trail. short and simple. it would have been nice if the descriptions signs were maintained. I would have liked to learn more details about the lava flows. more than a drive up a good gravel road than I expected.


2 years ago

hiking

A bit of a drive out there but worth it. A very short, paved and easy 1 mile loop. Has some really cool lava formations. Went on a windy rainy day and it felt a lot like the Oregon Coast. The ponderosas even made all of the same coastal noises you'd expect. Very fun trip


2 years ago

walking

A fascinating walk on a paved loop that takes you through an old lava flow. The views of the distant mountains are spectacular. Along the way you can see where ancient trees once stood as evidenced by the cylindrical holes formed by lava engulfing the trees, solidifying, and the tree then burning out. The road in is well maintained gravel and well marked. We hit this trek right after the first snows had melted. A clear crisp day with snow tipped peaks in the distance. Beautiful.


4 years ago

hiking

Fun hike with amazing geology!


4 years ago

walking

Gorgeous, especially in the snow!


4 years ago

walking

This is a great trail to do for all fitness levels. There are one ore two small inclines that get your heart pumping a little harder, but the rest of it is pretty flat and easy. We went when there was snow, and the contrast between the lava rock and the white snow made for some of the most beautiful scenery I've ever seen! Especially with the cascades all lined up in the background! The only thing is that the weather can change drastically by the time you finish the trail...so make sure to bring warm cloths with you.


4 years ago

hiking

A nice, short and paved trail that passes through a field of solidified lava. The main attractions here are the large empty shafts that have been formed by lava rapidly solidifying around trees during a flow. The trees are now gone, and all that remain are the variety of mostly empty holes.


4 years ago

walking

Short, paved and well worth the trip. Awesome formations and views of the mountains.


5 years ago

hiking

Very beautiful views! Our kids absolutely loved seeing all of the lava holes where the trees had been encased. I love how there are little markers along the trail explaining all of the landmarks.


5 years ago

hiking

very easy trail, paved- so even for wheelchairs & strollers; but worth the scenic views of lava & obsidian flow


5 years ago

nature trips

Very scenic - definitely worth the trip. Although short and paved, awesome scenery. Nice family trail or folks who can't walk far or on uneven ground. Actually, nice for everyone.