The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and nature trips and is best used from March until November. Rescue may involve a fine for having hiked upward and then getting trapped. Along the trail, scenic views of the Lava â¦ The trail is primarily used for hiking and rock climbing and is accessible year-round. Pretty sure last time I walked up there the road wasn't so nicely paved. Latest. Great view on a sunny day of the lava fields and mountains. From Sunriver, you can access the path to Lava Lands via a small parking area off East Cascades Road between Circles 7 and 9. Hiking poles and/or ice cleats would be helpful in crossing the rolled over log bridge. Overview Lava Butte is situated Northeast of Las Vegas just outside the Lake Mead National Recreation Area. We chose to do the little 1-ish mike extra path directly behind the center and it also has pretty views. The temperatures on the lava flow trail are quite warm in July, so you need to dress accordingly and bring sufficient water and sunscreen. Loved the trail. Good elevation gain, but gradual enough with the wrapping around. The views are breathtaking and way beyond what I have come to expect in Las Vegas. The ride can be extended by starting from one of the Deschutes Rvr Tr2 campgrounds and riding to Lava Butte. Many of the volcanic rocks are lite weight enough to roll and shift. This trail features a seasonally active fire lookout tower at the top of Lava Butte (elevation 5020â) and breath-taking panoramic Cascade Mountain views from Mount Scott in Crater Lake National Park all the way up north to â¦ One way to do that is to follow the power line road, then begin the ascent ever onward towards the top of the butte. It was nice and sunny. Steady incline the whole way on pavement. Great trail. Stellar views even with snow clouds! Length 3.8 miElevation gain 593 ftRoute type Out & Back In some places, it may be impossible to climb back up or back towards the trail from which you came, as refrigerator sized rocks and boulders may slip, trapping the hiker, or obliterating safe back-track passage. Look southeast toward other cinder cones bumping out of the landscape in the Northwest Rift Zone. There are 360 degree views of Lake Mead, Lake Las Vegas, the Las Vegas Strip, and the Rainbow Gardens. Itâs a buzzkill to get glares from you muzzled hikers when Iâm trying to breathe clean perfect air! A few challenging hills to climb, It can be a difficult hike. It's steep so prepare yourselves! Fantastic views of lava flows, fault and the cascades. Would be good for families. Sweeping views of Lava Beds and the Modoc National Forest can be seen from here, and the trail is a fantastic spot to view the sunset. As Lava Butte Trail wraps around the south side of the butte, look out over the Lava Butte Lava Flow that originated from the Breach on Lava Butte. I signed and skimmed it and found some interesting logs. I encourage all masked up to really consider what is truly going on and really stay home if you are living in that much fear. Great views! It was a lot different than the map shows here, so, if you're interested in signing all the geocache books, be ready for a good climb. The trail is primarily used for hiking and rock climbing and is accessible year-round. Beautiful views and a relatively easy hike. The trailhead is well marked off of Lake Mead Blvd. Easy. You can stroll through a well-preserved breach and gutter system on the cinder coneâs southern flank, the source of Lava Butteâs flows and observe many classic lava flow features along the way. The fire tower was great with a room to get out of the wind. The climb to the peak itself is pretty short, maybe 2 hours, but intense. There are three trail heads that lead to Lava Butte Lakes. After about 0.4 miles, you will reach the start of the Lava Butte trail at the end of the campground next to unit 30-D. Theres a book at the top where you can sign and read other entries which my kids love doing! bring lotsa water and sun block. The trail dips sharply downhill with impressively large tree stumps on either side before reaching the log crossing over the Wind River at about 0.5 â¦ On a clear day in May, youâll see more buttes and mountains than you can count. Walked up with baby carrier and doggo. Nice hike during the off season when cars are not on the road. lots loose rocks so be careful with your footing. This trail does not exist. I'm glad it was open for use. Views are decent. Further a restroom and water available at the visitor center, and a restroom with no water at the summit of Lava Butte. Saddle Island via River Mountains Loop Trail, Seven Falls Canyon Loop [PRIVATE PROPERTY], Lava Butt OHV Trail: Hollywood Blvd to Lake Mead Blvd. Hiking info, trail maps, and 23 trip reports from Lava Butte (2,871 ft) in Nevada. Deschutes River Trail: Meadows Golf Course Loop [PRIVATE PROPERTY], Deschutes River Trail: Aspen Campground to Lava Island Falls, Deschutes River Trail: Meadow Day Use Area, Deschutes River Trail: Benham Falls to Slough Meadow, Deschutes River Trail: Dillon Falls to Aspen, Deschutes River Trail: Benham Falls to Seventh Mountain Resort, Catch & Release, Lower Storm King, and COD Loop, Catch and Release, Storm King, Tiddlywinks, Tyler's Traverse, Deschutes River Trail: Lava Island Trailhead to Benham Falls, Deschutes River Trail: Big Eddy to Benham Falls Campground, Deschutes River Trail: Lava Island to Big Eddy, Lava Butte from Lava Lands Visitor Center. Such a unique different look with the lava and bright yellow weeds. Lake Mead National Recreation Area charges a fee to enter. The entire area is a large lava rock talus field with no marked trail. Lo mas bonito fue que encontre una tortuga grande de desierto, No set trails so you need to find your own way. My son took the long route (Big Dave trailhead) that climbs up a ridge (Lava Butte Ridge) and then down to the lakes. This is a great cardio hike, even thought it's a short hike, the peak itself is steep, will get you breathing fast and that heart rate up. Log a climb. Peak Map. From the south get off of the Cottonwood Road and take it north for 2 miles as it parallels Highway 97 before it goes underneath Highway 97 and right to the Lava Lakes Visitors Center. The safe way up and down would be to ascend the eastern side of the mountain (actually an old cinder cone plug), and go back down the way you went up. On 11/20/20, there was snow covering most of the road but it wasnât generally icy so you donât need spikes. It is part of a system of small cinder cones on the northwest flank of Newberry Volcano, a massive shield volcano which rises to the southeast. Recreation fees are required. Lava Butte is a prominent mountain in southern Nevada, which is now easier to access than in previous years. My Chrysler 4-door was not the ideal car for getting to the trailhead. Easy trail conditions. You can also purchase a park specific annual pass for $45. its quite rocky, rolled my ankle numerous times. Easy paved trail w/ slight incline. Lava Butte Trail is covered by the Termination Point, WA US Topo Map quadrant Beautiful views as you climb up to the top. All told challenging even for avid hikers with a rewarding summit. Masks are undies for the face and donât protect us but keep us all disconnected and afraid of one another. If you are entering on foot or bike the fee is $15 per person. Join/Login. (true of most silicon rocks). Trail of the Molten Lands, Lava Lands. Did this hike on a sunny day near the end of February. Besides agate, there is some gold placer in the area, but to access that, will require lugging equipment up and down the trails. Activities . Lava Butte is a cinder cone in central Oregon, United States, just west of U.S. Route 97 between the towns of Bend, Oregon, and Sunriver, Oregon. The third of a mile Whispering Pines Trail loops past a section of lava close to the ponderosa pine forest, while the longer Black Rock Trail skirts the edge of the forest for several miles westwards. Lava Butte The trail itself is 95% snow free but washed out log bridge crossing made for interesting start. Charlie. From that parking area, there is also access to the Deschutes River Trail. Lava Butte (11 miles south of Bend on Highway 97) is an extinct volcanic cone with a paved road to the top and Lava Lands Visitor Center at its base. Super easy paved trail. The USGS (U.S. Geological Survey) publishes a set of the most commonly used topographic maps of the U.S. called US Topo that are separated into rectangular quadrants that are printed at 22.75"x29" or larger. This was a pretty fun "hike". Took a different route than most people. I enjoyed this hike very much! with no shade. Cool hike, but not my favorite. Lava Butte OR is just over 11 miles south of Bend on Highway 97. Young in geological time, this basalt flowed out of a vent on Lava Butte's southern side between 6,000 and 7,000 years ago at a temperature of 1,200 degrees Fahrenheit. The overlook gives a good âbirds-eyeâ view of the lava flows. Accessibility: Lava Lands Visitor Center has â¦ Hiking Trails of Lava Butte. The Rainbow Gardens reminded me of The Wave in the Vermillion Cliffs area in Utah/Arizona. The approach takes 1-1.5 hours over rolling hills of volcanic ash. View Map. Descending the western side of the butte can cause an insurmountable problem to go back up/down the way you came, and could cause a need for a rescue operation from Civil Air Patrol or some other such agency. Best advice: let the snakes go their way, and once passed, you go your way. I would suggest the hiker approach the butte from the east side, as it is a gentler slope, and there are varied agate specimens for gathering. I went solo today, but I would highly recommend attempting this with a partner. our latest hike up was last wk in Oct. great weather for it , my brother joined us with his two kids as well, his youngest being 4 yrs old , did amazingly! A road runs right up to the wash acroos which Lava Butte rises majestically from the desert floor. Steady climb all the way to the top but not too long. Afterwards, take the short drive (or hike!) Take some time to learn about the fascinating history and environment of Lava Butte. Peak List. No shade. Lava Butte/Rainbow Gardens is a 4 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Henderson, Nevada that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as difficult. Road trail leading to the top, can easily wear tennis shoes. I recommend this one to many. some of the rocks are larger than cars, and when stepped on, can slide a bit under the relatively light weight of the hiker. Trail is the consistency of a running track. The eastern ridge is easier than the other approaches. Youâll need a day use permit to access and enjoy Lava Lands. I recommend taking water to quench your thirst as the climb is up, up,â¦ Lava Butte Standing tall and proud and rising up over 600 feet, Lava Butte is where you can get some of the best views of the lava flows that occurred approximately 7000 years ago. The trail begins from the western edge of the parking area near a â¦ Length: 0.3 mile loop Difficulty: Easy Time: 30 mins Trailhead Elevation: 4950 feet Elevation Range: 4950 feet to 5000 feet Elevation Change: 50 feet Season: Summer to Fall Peaks by Region. Visitors may access Lava Butte by non-motorized at any time generally from dawn to dusk. I did this along with the lava lands trail at the top which is 0.4 miles (all trails had this as a separate trail from this one). Not dog friendly at all. Compare elevation, range, calories and other trail â¦ Totally paved, with the exception of the optional rim ridge. This is an extremley challenging scramble, it's not a hike. Lava Butte/Rainbow Gardens is a 4 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Henderson, Nevada that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as difficult. The trail takes you on a short, one-mile tour of one of the largest currently-exposed lava fields of the Cascade Volcanic Arc. We went late afternoon and most of the mountains were backlit but still beautiful. Beautiful hike. From Memorial Day to Labor Day, there is a shuttle running from the Lava Lands Visitor Center that can also bring you up to Lava Butte. the 360 views are worth it, you will want a camera. The Big Nasty Trail is a fantastic loop trail that is named after a brush-covered formation of rough lava rock. what a view! Not very many people probably because of no shuttle and visitor center not open. Lava Butte from Lava Lands Visitor Center is a 6.1 kilometer moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Bend, Oregon that offers scenic views and is rated as moderate. I say hike loosely because it was a climb the whole way up. Visit the website here. Lava Butte is 11.7 miles south of Bend Oregon on US 97. Lava Butte Trail provides a loftier and abridged sample of the views available along Red Cinder Road. The Lava Butte Trail is located 17.3 miles from Stevenson, Washington (WA) in Gifford Pinchot National Forest. but it is a lung buster. 420' ascent is at a 1.5% incline. Please note this is a road leading up to Lava Butte. Description This trail is another of the trails that will lead riders around the Rainbow Gardens. Highlights Approximately 30 minutes from Las Vegas and located in the Sunrise Management Area, the Rainbow Gardens and Lava Butte loop is a scenic trail will allow for an enjoyable and relaxing drive. The parking lot is gated off, but many people park along the road and walk in. The footing going up is precarious at best. There was still patches of snow along the trail to the Lava Butte but it was starting to melt. Pavement was clear but had to be careful in patches of icy snow. Went hiking this past weekend and the weather was wonderful. This is a 5.2 mile out-and-back hike with 1500 cumulative feet of elevation gain that takes about 2-4 hours to complete. 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