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Big Obsidian Flow (Summer 2019)

The Big Obsidian Flow trail is located in the Newberry National Volcanic Monument which is just outside of La Pine, Oregon.

The Big Obsidian Flow is a 1 mile interpretive trail that takes you through a field of obsidian and pumice. There are informational signs along the way and a nice view of Paulina Lake.

     

From the parking area take the paved trail to a metal staircase where you will enter the flow. From here the trail is rocky and can be pretty dusty during the dry months. The trail loops through the flow and you will see chunks of obsidian and pumice of all size. There are a few small shrubs, trees and flowers that have managed to grow out in the field. There are a few viewpoints on the trail as well.

     

Please follow the posted rules- this place is very fragile and unique.

     

Distance: 1 mile (easy)

Elevation: 125 feet (easy)

Pet Friendly: No- there are many signs warning against taking your dog on this trail. The obsidian is very sharp and can easily cut your dogs paws.

Good For: All ages

Bathrooms: Yes in the parking area

Parking Fee: NW Forest Pass or Newberry entrance pass

Seasons: Summer through early Fall

Popular: Yes

Warnings: None

Big Obsidian Flow (Summer)

The Big Obsidian Flow is located in the Newberry National Volcanic Monument which is in La Pine, Oregon.

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The Big Obsidian flow is a one mile interpretive trail that takes you through obsidian (black glass) and pumice. There are 7 signs along the way and great views of Paulina Lake. It’s also worth mentioning that this is a great area for bird watching!

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From the parking area follow the paved path that leads you to a stairway. The stairs take you up to the flow where you wind through obsidian and pumice for a mile. There are many benches and viewpoints along the way.

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Distance: 1 mile

Elevation: 50 feet

Difficulty: Easy

Pet Friendly: No, the obsidian can easily cut dogs paws.

Goo For: All ages

Bathrooms: Yes

Parking Fee: There are fees to enter the monument and some additional parking fees.

Seasons: Spring through fall.

Popular: Yes

Overall: Very interesting area with nice views.