Summary: This is a well marked trail in the high desert. There are juction signs at each trail crossing. You'll hike mostly level as you only drop 700 feet over 10 miles. This hike is best in June and early July (the mosquitos come out in late July) or when it gets cool before the snow comes in September and October. When it snows you can probably cross country ski (but I have never done it).
You'll hike in the shade of the pines and some open ground. You'll go by three lakes, lava fields, and one marsh area. You'll have great views of the Three Sisters.
There are bathrooms at both ends and camping at both ends. You'll need a wilderness parking pass also.
Trailhead: From Bend, Oregon follow the signs to Mt. Bachelor, once on Cascade Lakes Highway drive approximately 25 miles (past Mt. Bachelor turn off) and turn left at the Sparks Lake camp ground sign, go a short distance on gravel road and look for trailhead sign and small parking lot on your left. Hiking from this direction drops 700 feet to Lava Lake. You can also continue Cascade Lakes Highway to Lava Lake camp ground and hike in the opposite direction (or do an out and back from either direction). (Lat:44.0189 Lon:-121.685)
Trail Guides for Sparks Lava Lake Trail:
Best Seasons: Year-Round
User Groups: Hikers, Dogs, Bikes, Horses,
Ranger Contact: US Forest Service
Localhikes Reporter: This hike was submitted by Craig Cole, who has posted 74 other hikes on this site
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