dogs on leash
Fantastic day activity, impressive lava tube. Can handle the hike in boots or athletic shoes. Takes about 1.5 hours to the end and back. Animal friendly, busy on weekends as expected. Like others have mentioned, take a minute to turn off your lamps and enjoy the primordial dark, definitely worth it.
Don't underestimate the tricky downhill on this hike...lots of roots and rocks to negotiate. I started late afternoon and made summit in only 2 hours, 5 minutes. However, I made the mistake of thinking it would take considerable less time to descend...but still took me 1 hour, 45 minutes...the last 1/2 hour in the dark with my headlamp!!!! While I did get to see a beautiful sunset and several elk grazing in the lower snowbowl slopes, this is not a great hike to be doing in the dark while you're tired!!!!
Derek L. on Cinder Hills Loop Trail
Great trail. 4Runner was perfect.