Coffeepot Crater Loop Trail

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Coffeepot Crater Loop Trail is a 0.5 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Jordan Valley, 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 April until October.

Distance: 0.5 miles Elevation Gain: 42 feet Route Type: Loop


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Wednesday, May 09, 2018

Although this trail is only a simple walk around the crater, this is a stunningly beautiful place far off the beaten path. Coffeepot Crater is one of the youngest lava flows in the country, relatively unchanged by time since it occurred. The shades of purple, red, and orange in the volcanic rock are incredible. The last three miles of the dirt road to the parking lot are very rough. I would advise only those with high clearance vehicles to attempt it - I drive a Forester and had to slow down quite a bit in places to avoid potholes. I've read that you can hike down into the crater, but I chose to explore the terrain around it instead of in it.

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