The route to the Butte Lake campground is the only way to get to the Cinder Cone Trail, which is an hour's drive eastwards from the northern entrance to the park. It includes a 7-mile dirt road which is entirely passable in normal passenger cars at a 15-20mph speed. The trip is entirely worth the time and effort! The trail is 4 miles round trip and takes 2-3 hours of moderate-to-strenuous hiking. It offers spectacular views of the Cinder Cone, the surrounding lava beds, painted dunes, lakes and remote peaks. You can also hike to the bottom of the Cone. See the pictures and judge for yourself!
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