Flying Over Black Lava Fields to Snowy Peaks in La Pine, Oregon
The swooping curves up the old logging road's skinny lanes are treacherous and unforgiving. But as the lush, green pine forests give way to lava fields, the adventurous shall be rewarded—for these are colors not normally seen. Fields of jet-black rocks dotted with green life roll for miles under the suddenly expansive blue sky. At the peak sits a castle built of lava bricks. It looks almost medieval, or as ancient as the mountains it watches. And there are many. From the Dee Wright Observatory one can see six peaks, from Mt. Washington to the north, to the Three Sisters in the south. Traveling down is an option as well: 30-minute hikes reside in the lava tubes below.