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Lava Cast Forest: Scenic Beauty and Ancient Setting Presented by Trackers Northwest

November 9, 2012

Based in Portland, Oregon, Trackers Northwest has provided camping experiences and wilderness education to children and families since 2004. The Deis family founded Trackers with the goal of fostering an increased feeling of connection with the natural world. Here are a few of their insights on one of the most fascinating outdoor experiences in Oregon.

Lava Cast Forest, accessible near the town of Bend off Highway 97, offers a hike through a lava flow that dates back some 6,000 years. The Newberry Volcano spewed a blast of lava that burned out a series of trees whose outlines are now encased in the stone formed when the lava cooled. The casts left behind by these trees sometimes go several feet down into the earth, surrounded by Indian paintbrush and other new plant growth on the surface. The view from the trail also winds through black and red cinder cones, waterfalls, streams, lakes, caves, and other stand-out natural features.

Lava Cast Forest is a part of the Newberry National Volcanic Monument, established by the U.S. Congress just over 20 years ago. Visitors can enjoy a paved, one-mile-long, self-guided trail tour. Be sure to dress warmly and wear sturdy footwear.

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