Wilderness Trail to Lava Trees

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  • Giant Blazing Star (Mentzelia laevicaulis) in Craters of the Moon National Monument.

Hiking

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4 (miles)

 Moderate

Out & Back

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Idaho

Wilderness Trail to Lava Trees is a moderate hike in Craters of the Moon National Monument near Twin Falls, Idaho. The monument says "you will have a sense of solitude as you travel into the Craters of the Moon Wilderness. The trailhead is 1/10 mile from the parking lot back along the road. The trail goes over Broken Top cinder cone and crosses a pahoehoe flow close to Buffalo Caves. The caves are located 100 yards northwest of the trail against the south side of Broken Top. You then pass a series of lava trees and several cinder cones before reaching Echo Crater, Some people backpack to this point and camp overnight. Backcountry permits are required for overnight trips and are available free of charge at the visitor center.

History

In the summer of 1969, Apollo 14 astronauts including Alan Shepard, Edgar Mitchell, Joe Engle, and Eugene Cernan trained in Craters of the Moon National Monument. They explored the lava landscape and learned the basics of volcanic geology in preparation for future trips to the moon.

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Entrance and Camping Fees
Contact: Craters of the Moon National Monument and Preserve P.O. Box 29 Arco, ID 83213

Idaho Trails

Craters of the Moon Trail Guide

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