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Lava Butte (5020'/1530m) summit

View from the top of Lava Butte (elev. 5,020'), a cinder cone located along Highway 97 in Newberry National Volcanic Monument south of Bend, Oregon.  Views extend towards the main portion of the Newberry Caldera, the forests in-b/w leading to the Cascade Range, which includes Mt. Bachelor, the Three Sisters, Mount Jefferson, & Mt. Hood.  On an exceptionally clear day one can see from Mt. Adams in Washington state practically down towards the tip of Mt. Shasta, California.  The mountain is a prominent feature w/ a lava flow dated about 7,000 years that blocked the Deschutes River several miles away.  One can drive up to the top (shuttle bus is used during summer months) where the top is adorned by a fire lookout that was first established around 1928 but has seen rebuildings since.  It is the most visited lookout in Oregon though access inside is not allowed when it is staffed.  A trail circles around the summit crater.

Copyright: William L
Type: Spherical
Resolution: 12804x6402
Taken: 30/10/2016
Uploaded: 30/10/2016
Updated: 20/09/2018


Tags: lava butte; oregon; summit; fire lookout; tower; newberry national volcanic monument; lava lands; visitor center; crater; cinder cone; central; bend; cascade range; volcano; mountains; flow; northwest rift zone
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