Bessie to Lava

Total Miles
12.8

Elevation

1,735.23 ft

Duration

0.75 Hours

Technical Rating

3

Easy

Best Time

Winter

Trail Overview

Easy-going connector trail between Bessie Butte in the China Hat area, to the Lava Cast Forest. During the summer months, this is a beautiful, relatively tame way to get between these two areas. It's a bit narrow in places, depending on growth. But, with relatively low traffic, it's a great spot to wander around the lava fields away from the more accessible places. In the winter, the roughly 2000' of elevation gained over Bend means that it can offer prime snow wheeling opportunities for most of the season. Just high enough to get the early snow, but not so high of an elevation that it turns to a snowmobile trail.

Photos of Bessie to Lava

Bessie to Lava
Bessie to Lava
Bessie to Lava

Difficulty

Mostly a difficulty 2. But, the trail gets overgrown and narrow in the middle section. Expect the possibility of downed trees year round, although most often in winter.

Technical Rating

3

Status Reports

Andrew Esther
May 12, 2024
Dirt Bike
Open
Muddy/Wet
Washboard
Some washboarding, 100’ stretches. Packed gravel surface in mostly good condition. Some mild washouts, 100’ or less stretches, can easily navigate around or straddle.
Ethan Lake
Dec 31, 2023
4x4
Open
Muddy/Wet
Snow/Ice
Mild snow wheeling at parts of trail with higher elevation, especially near lava cast forest

Access Description

Take China Hat Road to Bessie Butte from Bend. If starting in Sunriver, follow directions to Lava Cast Forest, then continue on.

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