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Big Obsidian Flow Trail

EASY 29 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.

24 days ago

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1 month ago

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1 month ago

Love it. Hiking through lava is an amazing experience. Footing can be a little rough. leave dogs home. this stuff is sharp.

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2 months ago

2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

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

hiking
2 months ago

2 months ago

Really awesome views!

hiking
3 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

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

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3 months ago

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3 months ago

10 months ago

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

11 months ago

hiking
Wednesday, September 07, 2016

Friday, September 02, 2016

hiking
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.

hiking
Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Saturday, June 20, 2015

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