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A Newberry National Monument guided hike is planned by a Crooked River Ranch group.

U.S. FOREST SERVICE PHOTO - Paulina Falls will be included in a FANs hike, set for Friday, Aug. 30.Friends and Neighbors of the Deschutes Canyon Area are planning four short hikes, which they are calling the Newberry National Monument Guided Hike, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 30.

The moderately difficult set of hikes, which will total 3 miles, will be guided by John Magee.

The series of hike will explore some of the extraordinary volcanic wonders within Newberry National Volcanic Monument.

Beginning at the north end of the monument adjacent to Lava Lands Visitor Center, hikers will take in the "Trail of the Molten Land," a 1-mile loop on a paved interpretive trail across a basalt flow to a viewpoint. The elevation gain is 150 feet.

Next, the "Lava Butte Rim" hike is a 0.5-mile trail circling the rim of the cinder cone volcano, with great views. Once again, the gain in elevation is 150 feet.

There will be a shuttle bus from the Visitor Center to the fire lookout tower at the top of the crater, at a cost of $2 per person. Exact change is requested, as the driver does not give change.

After completing those hikes, the group will leave Lava Visitor Center and drive to the south end of the monument. Following a very short walk from the parking lot to view the falls from near the top, the hike will then include the 0.5 mile down-and-back hike to enjoy the spectacular view from along Paulina Creek near the bottom of the falls. The elevation gain is 200 feet.

The "Big Obsidian Flow" hike begins with ascending a steep flight of stairs to be surrounded by a huge flow of black volcanic glass on a 1-mile loop with great views. The elevation gain is 500 feet.

Visit fansofdeschutes.org to learn more and sign up for the hike. If you have questions, call 541-771-3267.


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