Schonchin Butte is named after the Modoc Indian Chief, "Old Schonchin", who lived on the land during the late 19th century. The Schonchin Butte Trail was built by the Civilian Conservation Corps between 1939 and 1941 and leads to the top of a 30,000 year old cinder cone where magnificent panoramic views of volcanic lava flows and cinder cones are visible from the fire lookout; you can be a guest of the lookout on duty during the summer months.
The Schonchin Butte Trail has a maximum elevation of 5,283 ft (1,610 m), a minimum elevation of 4,807 ft (1,465 m), and an elevation gain of 3,311 ft (1,009 m) in the [ A to B ] direction.
The following chart shows the total calories that you may expend on the Schonchin Butte Trail while hiking in the [ A to B ] and [ B to A ] direction at a typical speed and is based on gross weight (which includes anything carried), the topography, trail length and trail conditions.
|[ A to B ] or [ B to A ]|
|Steps 1||Length 2||Min Ele 3||Max Ele 4|
|1,887||0.8 mi||4,807 ft||5,283 ft|
|[ A to B ]|
|Time 5||Floors 6||Gain 7||Loss 8|
|30 min||0.4||3,311 ft||1,109 ft|
|[ B to A ]|
|20 min||0.0||1,109 ft||3,311 ft|
The length of the Schonchin Butte Trail is 0.8 mi (1.4 km) or 1,887 steps.
A person in good physical health can hike the Schonchin Butte Trail in 30 min in the [ A to B ] direction, and in 20 min in the [ B to A ] direction.
Download free Schonchin Butte Trail topo maps and the adjoining quads to plan your hike. These are full-sheet, 7.5 Minute (1:24,000 scale) Lava Beds National Monument topographic maps.
Yes, and it's free! The Schonchin Butte Trail is located on the Schonchin Butte topo map. Use the adjoining quadrangle legend to download the map.
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