Lava Cast Forest and Cave

Lava Cast Forest

Casts of Fallen Trees

  • Easy (Lava River Cave)
  • 2.2 miles round trip
  • 200 feet elevation loss
  • Open May 2 to October 14

  • Easy (Lava Cast Forest)
  • 1-mile loop
  • 100 feet elevation gain
  • Open May through November

The Newberry National Volcanic Monument is packed with geologic curiosities left by the Newberry Volcano. Two of the most astonishing attractions call for short hikes—an underground stroll through mile-long Lava River Cave and a paved loop through the Lava Cast Forest. The two trails are short enough, and close enough together, that you can do both in a single afternoon.

Start with Oregon’s longest and most hikable lava tube, Lava River Cave. Drive . . .

This chapter is an excerpt from 100 Hikes/Travel Guide: Central Oregon Cascades.

Entrance of Lava River Cave