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Lava Lake Trailhead

From Oregon Hikers Field Guide

Lava Lake Trailhead (Jerry Adams)

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Hikes starting here

Driving Directions

From Portland, drive south on I-5 for 38 miles. Drive east on Highway 22 for 80 miles. Drive west on Highway 20 for 3 miles. Drive south on Highway 126 for 20 miles. Drive east on Highway 242 for about 20 miles to McKenzie Pass. Total 161 miles, 3 hours. Note: Highway 242 is closed in the winter so check to make sure it's open.

Lava Lake Trailhead is one mile east of McKenzie Pass. The parking area is 1/2 mile down a gravel road from the highway.

Fees and Regulations

  • Northwest Forest Pass required

Other information

As long as you're at the trailhead, check out the Dee Wright Observatory at McKenzie Pass. You get great views of surrounding mountains over a huge lava field. The observatory is a stone structure, built in the 1930s by the CCC. It's open all the time - no doors or gates that can be locked or anything.

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