Rambling Rodericks travel blog

Mt. Bachelor, the Sunriver ski mountain (west side)

Mt. Bachelor again, from the north

Newberry Volcanic Monument entrance, south of Bend

Lava field & Broken Top, Three Sisters, Mt. Scott & Mt. Washington

Going to the top of the Red Cinder Cone

Cinder Cone caldera around which we hiked (1/2 mile)

Mt. Bachelor & the other 5 I mentioned from cinder cone top

Lava trail path from Visitor Center below

The cinder cone and lava bed along the trail

How the area was formed

Instead of proceeding to Bend by heading from Willamette Pass Summit to the end of Hwy 58 at its intersection with Hwy 97, we turned north and drove along the Cascade Highway. From it we saw many, many white capped peaks, lava flows and glacier made lakes. We ended this lovely drive in the city of Sunriver, one of the premier ski places in the west. It looked like the ski facilities had closed only a day or so earlier.

From Sunriver we drove into Bend for the night. The next morning we went to the Newberry National Volcanic Monument. We drove to the top of a cinder cone and looked over the surrounding area which was riddled with lava flows and patches of vegetation. We walked (nearly ran) the rim circumference of the cones caldera opening in the scant 45 minutes allotted to us to drive up the spiral road, park in the limited space, do the “look-out tower” and hike around. Once down from the cinder cone, we toured the museum, and then walked the path through the lava flow, reading the interpretive signs along the way.

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