An end-of-summer guided hiking tour of Newberry National Volcanic Monument on Aug.30 is being sponsored by the Friends and Neighbors of the Deschutes Canyon Area, a conservation group. The day trip includes four short hikes totaling three miles.
The hikes include a 1-mile loop on a paved interpretive trail across a basalt flow near the Lava Lands Visitor Center. The second hike is a half-mile trail around the rim of Lava Butte. Following these two hikes, participants will travel to the south end of the monument to hike near Paulina Falls and the Big Obsidian Flow.
The hikes are rated as moderate in difficulty. While the hike is free, participants are required to pay $2 for the shuttle bus to the top of Lava Butte, plus a $5 per car entry free to the monument.
The group will meet at 10 a.m. at the Bend Walmart parking lot for carpooling. The trip will end at 3 p.m. following the Big Obsidian Flow hike. The hike is limited to 10 participants, and dogs are not allowed for this trip. For more information and registration, visit www.fansofdeschutes.org.