Explore the most popular trail running trails near La Pine with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

hiking
12 days ago

Great trail that is lightly used even during peak times. Lots of mosquitos though

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

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

snowshoeing
3 months ago

Beautiful hike with mild very gradual elevation gain and stunning waterfall at the end! There is a snowmobile trail that also leads to the falls, so be sure you find the trail through the woods off to the side of the snowmobile trail so you can enjoy the beautiful forest. The snowshoeing or cross country skiing trail is a little hard to find from the very start, but is easily visible from the cabin just a few feet up the snowmobile trail. The forest trail is also well marked with blue diamonds on the trail throughout the entirety. Highly recommend also checking out the lower falls viewpoint only 1/4 mile down in addition to upper level lookout. Of note, you need a Sno Park pass to park for this hike which we didn’t find listed anywhere else!

7 months ago

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

hiking
9 months ago

Cool casts! Great geological formations.

hiking
10 months ago

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.

hiking
10 months ago

Nothing spectacular, just a good long day hike! We started by the little store and had about 17 miles of mostly uphill hiking before a 4 mile downhill. Views were hindered by smoke as well.

hiking
10 months ago

This trail sucks. In the directions description it says to take the Peter Skeen Ogden trail but the map takes you to a snowmobile trail that is 2.5 miles of dust and boring. The waterfall at the end was breathtaking though.

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

To Shayla - that means you went to the wrong place.

backpacking
11 months ago

We stopped a Dorris lake for a couple of nights in mid July. The hike was very easy. LOTS of mosquitos. We used lots of deet and mosquito head nets, still got bit. Lake has a few views, I found best from hiking to South end of lake or swimming to middle. Lake was perfect temp. I saw a few fish jumping too far to reach with my setup. Wish I had a float tube. Lake had a shallow rocky/sandy long shelf all around lake. A couple of really good campsites on back side of lake, trail is a bit difficult to follow around lake, but well worth extra privacy. Bring lots of deet, head nets, and bite cream! We hid in tent in the morning and evenings.

hiking
Friday, July 14, 2017

Nothing but hiking on a dirt road following the power line.

hiking
Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Great easy day hike. Pristine lakes.

Saturday, August 29, 2015

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

hiking
Monday, August 24, 2015

Great backpacking trip. 6 miles from the Lucky Lake trailhead and a great lake with a view of the South Sister.

hiking
Monday, August 24, 2015

This trail goes between the Winnopee Lake trail and the PCT passing the snowshoe lakes. The lower Snoeshoe lake is particularly lovely.

hiking
Monday, August 24, 2015

I did the piece between Lucky Lake and Cultus Lake. Nice trail. Lots of blowdowns in June. Mostly flat, easy trail. Could be a nice day hike from the Lucky Lake trailhead to Cultus Lake and back.

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

We hiked the 6 mile section from The Twins trailhead north east to Charlton Lake. Quite a bit of elevation gain and loss until you end up at the lake, but there are some beautiful campsites right on the lake. The mosquitoes were almost no issue but the bees were quite active.

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.

hiking
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.

hiking
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

walking
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.

hiking
Saturday, July 21, 2012

Fun hike with amazing geology!

walking
Sunday, June 17, 2012

Gorgeous, especially in the snow!

walking
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 trail...so make sure to bring warm cloths with you.

on Lava Cast Forest

hiking
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.

walking
Monday, September 05, 2011

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

hiking
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.

hiking
Thursday, July 21, 2011

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

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