Lava Lands Visitor Center Loop

MODERATE 22 reviews
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Lava Lands Visitor Center Loop is a 1.1 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Sunriver, Oregon that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and scenic driving and is best used from May until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
1.1 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
147 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

hiking

nature trips

scenic driving

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

Short interpretive trail at Lava Lands Visitor Center in Newberry Crater National Monument.

hiking
3 days ago

walking
24 days ago

Great views of regional mountaintops and volcanic rocks. Mostly paved, short walking. Worth paying the toll for the views.

hiking
4 months ago

hiking
9 months ago

Took my almost 3 year old up. Made it darn near all the way up on his own, only carried him 150 yards or so. Beautiful views at the top on a clear day. Saw as far as Mt Adams to north and Mt Mazama/Mt Scott in Crater Lake National Park to South.

11 months ago

Unlike any other... because of the interesting history and the look. Nice little hike, fun for little ones.

walking
Thursday, June 23, 2016

Saturday, June 18, 2016

Very informative regarding volcano, butte and lava flow. Fascinating!

hiking
Sunday, September 27, 2015

walking
Friday, August 21, 2015

An easy walk up the road from the visitor's center to the fire lookout on top of Lava Butte. 1.75 miles each way +/-, 500' elevation gain. Great views of the Sisters, Jefferson, and Hood. Still just a bit too much smoke from fires near Hood to see Adams. Temps in the high 80's, wore my Keens and hand carried a bottle of water.

hiking
Thursday, July 30, 2015

This is a great hike for kids and adults too. Awesome views!

hiking
Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Much better to hike, but even if you drive, there is a short loop on top of the rim. "Must see" in the same time, very busy...

hiking
Saturday, April 18, 2015

hiking
Monday, January 19, 2015

A really neat experience with kids, a chance to show them some great geology. The hike itself is almost over before it starts and is always crowded with a somewhat narrow path, but it's certainly a must-see in Central Oregon and the view at the top is great. The history and information displays throughout are great.

hiking
Friday, May 02, 2014

hiking
Thursday, October 17, 2013

Didn't do the drive up the crater but hiked several of the trails that stemmed off of the visitors center. No more than a mile out and back. Some decent views but after going to Craters of the Moon in Idaho this area leaves a lot to be desired on the views.

hiking
Monday, June 17, 2013

I agree with most on here who state that, even though driving to the top is an option, it is much better to hike to the top. Furthermore, the loop around the crater is only a quarter mile with minimal elevation gain/loss. In turn, it would be ideal for families with kids.

hiking
Monday, May 27, 2013

A short easy paved trail that starts outside the visitors center. The endpoint is a great view of the lava flow with the Sisters Peaks in the background. Very informative interpretive trail. Wheelchair accessible.

hiking
Sunday, April 21, 2013

hiking
Monday, December 24, 2012

This hike is a fun one to get some energy out of the kids, lots of informative displays and great views!

hiking
Saturday, September 22, 2012

Easy and short hike that gives you the experience of hiking through the middle of a lava field without really having to as the path was paved. My young boys thought it was pretty cool. I liked the great unobstructed views out to the Three Sisters, Mt. Bachelor, Lava butte and more.