IMG_6944If you are looking for a nice hike in the Bend, Oregon area, and want to see some beautiful volcanic areas, you might want to make the trip to the Lava Cast Forest which is located in Central Oregon’s Newberry National Volcanic Monument. So grab your CamelBak, other Hydration Pack or Hydro Flask, check out these hiking tips, and get ready for a nice hike, and beautiful scenery!

From bend take the exit off Highway 97 14.8 miles south on Hwy. 97 (3 miles south of Lava Lands Visitor Center), as if you are going to Sunriver, but head east instead. You’ll follow an unpaved road for 8.6 miles east on F.S. Rd. 9720, and then 0.7 miles south on F.S. Rd. 9720 950 to the parking area for the Lava Cast Forest. This road is snow-covered in winter.

At the Lava Cast Forest you will be walking through a 6,000 year old lava flow where you will find the casts of ancient trees. The Newberry Volcano to the south spewed hot pahoehoe lava to the Earth’s surface, spilling through standing forests. The trees became encased in stone when the lava cooled. What remained were “casts” of the trees, many of which go down several feet below surface level. The surrounding landscape includes molds of the trees, some new plant growth including flowers, Indian paintbrush, and Ponderosa pine trees.

There is a one mile paved self guided interpretive trail with barrier free access. The trail loops through the area where hot molten lava erupted from the northwest flank of Newberry Volcano and engulfed the forest.

Lava Cast Forest Photo Gallery

View photo gallery of the Lava Cast Forest located in the Newberry National Volcanic Monument near Bend, Oregon.

The Newberry National Volcanic Monument is located approximately ten miles south of Bend in Central Oregon. Established by Congress in 1990, the monument is managed to preserve for present and future generations the unique geologic landforms and many resources found in the area. Visitors are attracted to the area by the rare formations of cinder cones, lava flows, Lava Cast Forest, caves, lakes, streams and waterfalls. You can get more information on the Newberry National Volcanic Monument and the Deschutes National Forest at the U.S. Forest Service page.

ELEVATION: 5750 feet

FACILITIES: vault toilet, paved Lava Cast Interpretive Trail looks at tree molds

SPECIAL ACTIVITIES: hiking

OPERATED BY: Forest Service

FEE: Recreation Pass Site – Vehicle Permit – $5.00 Day Pass or $30.00 Annual Pass or other valid Recreation Passes

Please note: The Northwest Forest Pass is required at some trailheads on National Forests in Oregon and Washington. These passes are distinct from the wilderness permits. Go to the Recreation Passes & Permits page for more information on the Northwest Forest Pass, including cost and how to get a pass.

Map of parking area and trail.

Hydration Packs, Hydro Flasks & Hiking Tips

Hydration Packs help Outdoor enthusiasts stay hydrated without having to carry a water bottle. and give the hiker hours of hydration. You can find a wide variety of hydration packs at Amazon.com that will suit the need of almost every hiker and outdoor enthusiast.

If you prefer not to carry a hydration pack, but instead prefer to carry a couple water bottles, I recommend purchasing a Hydro Flask from Amazon.com. Hydro Flasks will keep cold drinks cold for up to 24 hours, and hot drinks hot for up to 12 hours. Perfect for hiking.

What do I carry? Well both, because I like having lots of water on a hiking outing. And don’t forget to check out this list of hiking tips for some of the other essential items you should always have when out hiking.