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Lava Creek Trail

Dirt trail winds through sagebrush with forest and mountains in the distance.
Lava Creek Trail provides views of past lava flows while following the creek.

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Follow Lava Creek and the Gardner River. Along the way, you can see Undine Falls (60 feet / 18 m) and the confluence of Lava Creek with Gardner River. Near the west end of the trail, a footbridge crosses the Gardner River.

Safety notes: Return by the same route (another 4.2 miles), or have a vehicle shuttle arranged.

Trailheads: Across road from Lava Creek picnic area or across road from Mammoth Campground.

Details
This is a 4.2-mile (6.7-kilometer) through-hike trail that begins and ends at different trailheads. Either plan on leaving a vehicle at one end, arrange for being shuttled back to the start, or plan on the hike being twice as far if doing it as a there-and-back hike.
Entrance fees may apply, see Fees & Passes information.
This trail is located in the northern part of the park, with the trailhead either across the main road near the Mammoth Campground or across the Grand Loop Road from the Lava Creek Picnic Area.
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Last updated: June 6, 2018