Mckenzie Lava Flow And George Lake Trail is a 15.9 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Black Butte Ranch, Oregon that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible from July until July.
We hiked into George Lake from the Big Lake Trailhead. I have camped at Washington Ponds a number of times and always wanted to visit George Lake. The hike on the PCT is interesting since you walk through a variety of burned areas. The segment from the PCT to George Lake was very challenging. We used a GPS with coordinates we got from LatLong.net which helped. We headed in a bit too far west and came up high on the ridge. We hiked back out from farther east lower on the ridge that separates the lake from the PCT. Never found any trails in the area. Considerable burn and blow down damage in the area. We did find the lake very nice with several good campsites on the west side of the lake.
This was a burning hike, due to the reflection of the summer sun on the lava rock. It was a virtual sana with very little shade as the rocks retained the heat. Bring plenty of water and plenty of space on your camera because while you swelter, you will fall in love with the amazing views of the 3 Sisiters in the distance. I really enjoyed areas of life, or small islands of trees on the lava field. I am always so impressed with lava flows... This area was beautiful seeing how the flows took over parts of a forest yet spared others...