• 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?

pioneer reenactment

"the Devil's Vomit" is how one Oregon- bound pioneer described his encounter with Craters of the Moon. Hundreds of pioneers travelled through the area on the Goodale's Cutoff section of the Oregon trail in the 1850's and 1860's. More...