Lava Lands


Oregon's Topographic Origins

"Lava Lands" is a short drive south of Bend. Most of the state's terrain has been formed by volcanic outbursts, some as recent as 1300 years ago. There are more to come.

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Heading Out - and Up

Part of our group grinding up the trail. Actually, it was very easy until the final ascent - which we avoided.


The Trail Not Taken

An optional leg of the trail ascends a volcanic feature at about 30 degrees. Owing to the heat and no wind at all we decided to turn back at this point. The anticipated "Death March" didn't happen.


Rabbit Brush (or Bush)

This is about the only vegetation that thrives in this harsh terrain.