• View of the Great Rift

    Craters Of The Moon

    National Monument & Preserve Idaho

Stop 6 - Tree Molds and Broken Top Loop

Big Cinder Butte

View of Big Cinder Butte from Tree Molds parking area


A spur road just past Inferno Cone leads to this trailhead. View the imprint of lava-charred trees alond the Tree Molds Trail (2 miles). Broken-Top Loop Trail (self-guiding trail brochure pdf) circumnavigates a cinder cone (1.8 miles). The Wilderness Trail leads to molds of upright trees called lava trees (4 miles) and the vast wilderness area beyond.

Tree Molds Trailhead Sign (pdf)

Broken Top Loop Trailhead Sign (pdf)

Did You Know?

Did You Know?

Watch out for bombs! Before they cooled, volcanic bombs were hot globs of lava that were hurled from volcanoes along the Great Rift. They form a variety of interesting shapes described as "breadcrust", "spindle" and "ribbons" by geologists. More...