While hiking on this trail we met up with a couple from Liverpool, England. John had questions for them about the Beatles, which led to quite a long conversation with them. From the summit of this lava flow we could see Pauline Lake, one of the two lakes within the Newberry Monument. It and East Lake have hot springs with temperatures as high as 135 degrees Fahrenheit, and in 1981 temperatures higher than 500 degrees were found in a geological survey. These temperature measurements indicate that Newberry is a high threat volcano.
Sunday, September 1, 2013
Newberry National Volcanic Monument
Our second day in central Oregon was spent looking at different features of this caldera. Newberry Monument is the largest volcano in the Cascade arc, covering an area about the size of Rhode Island. It has two deep lakes and lava flows of pumice and obsidian. Our first stop was at Lava Butte. John spent his time there at the Visitor's Center looking at all the exhibits which had way more information on the monument than I had the patience to read. After a few minutes there I headed out to explore the fields of lava which surrounded the building. It reminded me a bit of Craters of the Moon.