Big Obsidian Flow Trail

EASY 25 reviews
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Big Obsidian Flow Trail is a 0.7 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near La Pine, Oregon that offers scenic views and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and nature trips and is best used from June until October.

DISTANCE
0.7 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
209 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

kid friendly

hiking

nature trips

walking

views

rocky

no dogs

A very unique hike through an obsidian lava flow beneath Paulina Peak in Newberry Crater, Oregon. Throughout the flow, there are interpretive signs telling the history of the area, from the eruption 1,300 years ago, to the colonization of plants and animals, to the use of the glass by native tribes and its trade throughout the west. You'll have great views up to the top of Paulina Peak above you and across Paulina Lake.

4 days ago

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4 days ago

interesting, beautiful. a must see when visiting the area,

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19 days ago

24 days ago

Really awesome views!

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29 days ago

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1 month ago

Unique experience. Lots of pretty obsidian rocks to look and pet.

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8 months ago

obsidian was a geological wonder. hike was easy but wear substantial shoes

9 months ago

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Sunday, June 05, 2016

This place is pretty neat! Anyone passing through this area must see this. Just Awesome!

Sunday, October 04, 2015

If you have an interest in geology then this place is a must. We found the Obsidian Flow fascinating and the interpretive signs very informative.
There is one thing you should be warned about however; this is NOT dog friendly and there is a warning sign advising you of same at the car park. This is due to the sharpness of rocks on the trail.
Though only short, the walk isn't easy, more your moderate grade. It's uphill and, at times, on rocky tracks.
The view from the top, while good, isn't as expansive over the lakes as you might expect. However, don't go for the views is my advice, go for the experience.
I had pictures to go with this but can't work out how to enter them.

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Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Spectacular- it is like walking on a different planet. Worth the drive!

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Beautiful landscape and view. Nice quick easy hike

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Friday, September 05, 2014

Unique and beautiful. Great view of Paulina Lake. Fun to see the different forms of earth from the lava rocks, and pumice to the obsidian. Lots of information about it all as well!

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Sunday, July 13, 2014

Incredibly unique hiking experience and the views are spectacular. DO NOT WALK YOUR DOGS ON THIS TRAIL unless you have boots for them. Obsidian is sharp like glass and their pads will get cut and retain tiny slivers of obsidian.

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Sunday, June 15, 2014

Beautiful view in early spring. A little treacherous in icy weather.