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Trail of the Molten Land #3922 is a 1 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Bend, Oregon that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, 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.

Length 1.0 mi Elevation gain 124 ft Route type Loop

Dogs on leash

Kid friendly

Hiking

Nature trips

Walking

Partially paved

Views

Wild flowers

Wildlife

No shade

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Getting There

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

There is a $5 day pass fee to explore the area if you don't have a Northwest Forest Service Permit.

The visitor center is 11.7 miles south from Bend on Highway 97.

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Kelly Dallum
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nice walk/hike. All paved trail, no cover. narrow walkway. steep in spots to lookout. Beautiful views.

Brian Kindle
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Liz Chandran
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Hiking

Paved path through otherworldly lava flow. Some Elevation, beautiful view at the top.

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Kelli Kennedy
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Hiking

Pretty short little hike. Cool views and information stations along the way. Amazing history.

Molly Liepins
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HikingNo shade

Join a Ranger guided hike. It's worth it! Very impressive and easy hike for young (3yo) & even for grand parents.

Kait Palmer
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HikingNo shade

The trail itself is easy but if it’s warm out bring a hat and sunscreen—the lava rocks can really make it feel warmer than the air temp!

Richard Coit
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Hiking

I wouldn’t say this was moderate but it was definitely neat to see the lava flow very different perspective and landscape

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Gabriella S.
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Hiking

Very exposed, bring sunscreen and water. The paved trails are fairly easy but could be difficult for those who don’t walk/hike often.

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AllTrails User
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Epic. Moon.

Mara C.
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This place is incredible. I could spend a week checking it all out. Will definitely return, highly recommend! Came in the off-season (November 5) after visitor center closed for the year. We had the whole place to ourselves hiking to the top of the Butte.

Ashley Walker
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Worth it !!!

Frannie Feds
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Easy and super informative trail. 4-year-old loved it and the parents learned a lot too. Maybe bring more water - it’s the high desert and wasn’t hot but coming from high humidity we are feeling the dry air!

Elnora Chambers
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Hiking

We don’t normally take in ranger talks, but we did here and were pleased we did because the ranger was super well informed and was happy to answer questions. After the talk he walked onto the lava with us and shared more info. Well worth the stop.

PhLo M
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Hiking

This is one of many great stop for tourists unfamiliar with the Newberry Caldera in Central Oregon. Since I have been regularly visiting the area for over thirty years, I tend to pass up these well-known sites. Though there are dozens if not hundreds of more remote destinations nearby, it's worth a visit to see all the official attractions. It had been a few years since I walked through the lava flow, so it was enjoyable. It can be crowded since it is an easy and accessible trail, though there weren't many people when I visited this time.

Amy Brunner
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Nice trail and very exposed during the summer as there are not many trees

NM Boocher
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Quick walk next to the visitor center. Kids liked it. We’d do it again. 3.5/5

Brian Amundson
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Hiking
Mandi Chestler
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Walking

Nice stroll through a geologically fascinating area. Besides the little Visitors’ Center Loop, be sure to walk to the top of Lava Butte to get an excellent view of the area.

Angel Flores
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Short paved path. Nice lookout

Christine Brady
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Hiking

GORGEOUS!!! Super easy kid-friendly loop with amazing views of the lava fields. I'm from VA and had never seen anything like this. Only downfall, would be the heat radiating from the pavement during the heat of summer.

Chris Benson
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Hiking

Short, but awesome.

Stuart Z
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Walking

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

Jesse Morton
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Hiking

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.

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

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

Todd Rossi
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Walking

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.

Karyn Minchew
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Hiking

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

Bronek Grulich
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Hiking

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...

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