Parkdale Lava Adventure A32

Curious Gorge invites you to explore the rarely-seen Parkdale Lava Flow via an off-trail rugged route that visits the lip of the crater that birthed the lava flow.

Below are some LIDAR images of the Parkdale Lava Flow and crater:

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Next are some maps of the route Curious Gorge suggests to thoroughly explore the crater and the flow as a loop.  Don’t try this loop without the written description in Curious Gorge.

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Below are a few photos from the Parkdale Lava Flow crater loop:  The first is a view of the low crater over the Eliot Branch Creek debris flow. This is the photo in Curious Gorge with the arrows drawn onto it.

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Next are photos on the Parkdale Lava Flow.

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Once you’ve bushwhacked up to the crater rim, the “view area” isn’t large or noted in any way…except you might find a geocache box there and have a clear space to sit for a while.

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Finally, here is a view of majestic Mt Hood from the route back down to the debris flow and your parked car.

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