Lava Cast Forest is a 0.9 mile loop trail located near La Pine, Oregon that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, trail running, and nature trips and is best used from May until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

0.9 miles
62 feet

dogs on leash

kid friendly


nature trips

trail running



partially paved

wild flowers

A short walk through a lava field that has left behind impressions of old trees. Formed approximately 7,000 years ago when hot molten lava flowed from the nearby Newberry Volcano, the landscape holds lava casts of the ancient trees that were growing there at the time. Over the years, Ponderosa pine, penstemon flowers, and Indian paintbrush have flourished in the rocky terrain adding life and beautiful splashes of color to the landscape.

5 months ago

Easy 1 mile loop with my 4 and 7 year old boys. The scenery was otherworldly and kept my kids entranced. Only part of the trail is considered handicap accessible, but for parents with really little ones: all of it is doable with a good jogging stroller (though a double stroller would be tight).

7 months ago

Super cool formations and kid friendly! We had a 4 & 6 year old and they did great!

8 months ago

Awesome! I’m ok with the 9 miles of washboard dirt road... I had the place to myself and it was so cool. I’ve never seen formations like this before. Come see it before it gets turned into a natl park or the road gets paved and you have to fight the crowds

Friday, November 24, 2017

Part of the trail is wheelchair-accessible. Walked/ran the trail in the pouring rain. Worth seeing. Kid-friendly.

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Cool casts! Great geological formations.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Lovely and easy short trail. Very quite. We whent at the end of the day and got some "dramatic" beautifull view with the sun and some forest-fire smoke.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Easy hike. The casts are cool when you read how they are formed. Impressive lava flow and breif views of the 3 sisters

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Very easy hike with cool scenery. Very bumpy drive in on 9 mile gravel road. Worth doing once.

Sunday, June 29, 2014

The drive in is on a LONG gravel road. We didn't realize that one time when we were pulling our trailer, but couldn't find a place to turn around so we just had to suck it up and drive it all the way in. Other than pulling a trailer - the drive in is worth it. Nice, easy, paved path through the lava cast forest. It looks like another world. Great geology lesson for kids (and grown-ups, too.) Some mountain views in the distance.

Friday, June 20, 2014

cool paved trail. short and simple. it would have been nice if the descriptions signs were maintained. I would have liked to learn more details about the lava flows. more than a drive up a good gravel road than I expected.

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

A bit of a drive out there but worth it. A very short, paved and easy 1 mile loop. Has some really cool lava formations. Went on a windy rainy day and it felt a lot like the Oregon Coast. The ponderosas even made all of the same coastal noises you'd expect. Very fun trip

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

A fascinating walk on a paved loop that takes you through an old lava flow. The views of the distant mountains are spectacular. Along the way you can see where ancient trees once stood as evidenced by the cylindrical holes formed by lava engulfing the trees, solidifying, and the tree then burning out. The road in is well maintained gravel and well marked. We hit this trek right after the first snows had melted. A clear crisp day with snow tipped peaks in the distance. Beautiful.

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Fun hike with amazing geology!

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Gorgeous, especially in the snow!

Saturday, February 11, 2012

This is a great trail to do for all fitness levels. There are one ore two small inclines that get your heart pumping a little harder, but the rest of it is pretty flat and easy. We went when there was snow, and the contrast between the lava rock and the white snow made for some of the most beautiful scenery I've ever seen! Especially with the cascades all lined up in the background! The only thing is that the weather can change drastically by the time you finish the make sure to bring warm cloths with you.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

A nice, short and paved trail that passes through a field of solidified lava. The main attractions here are the large empty shafts that have been formed by lava rapidly solidifying around trees during a flow. The trees are now gone, and all that remain are the variety of mostly empty holes.

Monday, September 05, 2011

Short, paved and well worth the trip. Awesome formations and views of the mountains.

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Very beautiful views! Our kids absolutely loved seeing all of the lava holes where the trees had been encased. I love how there are little markers along the trail explaining all of the landmarks.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

very easy trail, paved- so even for wheelchairs & strollers; but worth the scenic views of lava & obsidian flow

nature trips
Saturday, July 16, 2011

Very scenic - definitely worth the trip. Although short and paved, awesome scenery. Nice family trail or folks who can't walk far or on uneven ground. Actually, nice for everyone.

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