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Lava Butte is about as easy as it comes. A paved trail takes you the minor distance up to a nice forest service lookout. Although the elevation is low, the Lava Butte cinder cone is the only thing around so there are great views. Because of it's easy access off the highway south of Bend, it makes a good rest stop. A park attendant will charge though to drive up to the parking lot near the top since it is inside the Newberry National Volcanic Monument

Lava Butte

Distance: 1/4 mile
Elevation Gain: 100 feet
Summit Elevation: 4,970
Access rating: Level 1
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From Bend, take 97 south for several miles. The turn on the right is well signed and you will see the Butte for some time before you get there.
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Small crater on the summit
Picnic area at the parking lot
The hike
Near the top
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