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  • Trees consumed by lava

    Lava Cast Forest in Central Oregon was formed 6,000 years ago
  • In the Lava Cast Forest in Central Oregon, grave-like hollows mark where trees were engulfed by lava 6,000 years ago from the nearby Newberry Volcano.
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  • In the Lava Cast Forest in Central Oregon, grave-like hollows mark where trees were engulfed by lava 6,000 years ago from the nearby Newberry Volcano.
    Located off Highway 97 south of Bend, the Lava Cast Forest Geologic Area covers five square miles and features a one-mile asphalt hiking path.
    The beginning of the trail is marked by giant 300-year-old ponderosa pines — mere babies in the ancient volcanic landscape.
    Most of the area is covered in dark, porous rock that is left over from lava that poured out of fissures.
    Here and there, bright reddish-orange Indian paintbrushes stand out against the almost black rock, providing splashes of color.
    It doesn't take long to reach the first hole along the trail that marks where a tree was torched by flowing lava. All that remains is a formation that looks like a chimney that begins underground, then rises to the surface, with hardened lava piled around the opening.
    Some of the holes are vertical, while others are horizontal, marking where lava pushed over and burned up once-standing trees.
    Various features along the trail — including the holes, plant communities and living trees — are marked by numbered signposts. Brochures available at the beginning of the trail explain the features.
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