The Whitney Butte trailhead is located near the Merrill Ice Cave. The trail enters the Black Lava Flow Wilderness Area at the western boundary of the monument. Although this trail is long, it's a relatively easy trail to hike. Bring plenty of water, especially during the summer months as there are no water facilities available along the trail.
The length of the Whitney Butte Trail in Lava Beds National Monument is 3.3 miles and requires around 1.5 hours to hike one-way. The trail has a maximum elevation of 4,906 feet, a cumulative elevation gain of 1.5 miles and a cumulative elevation loss of 1.7 miles.
The following chart shows the total calories that you can expend on the Whitney Butte Trail while hiking (round-trip) at a typical speed and is based on gross weight (which includes anything carried), the topography, trail length and trail conditions.
Schonchin Butte Topo Map: Download the free Whitney Butte Trail topo map 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.
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