Schonchin Butte Fire Lookout Trail – Lava Beds National Monument
Location: Tulelake, CA
Length: 1.5 miles
Features: Hiking trails, backpacking, waterfalls, bird watching, dogs allowed, wildlife observation, camping, wilderness
About the Schonchin Butte Fire Lookout Trail
Schonchin Butte Fire Lookout is located near Tulelake, California, and is a 2.6-kilometer moderately trafficked out and back trail. The trail primarily offers wonderful views and applicable for all hiking skill levels. Hiking, walking, and nature trips are some of the most common activities that hikers can do when they visit.
Trails In The Lava Beds National Monument
Schonchin Butte Fire Lookout is one of the most convenient places to witness the beauty of the Lava Beds National Monument. While the majority of trails go down in the park, this road goes directly up to the top of Schonchin Butte and to the fire lookout that rests on the lava rock above. To enter the trailhead, take the dirt road located on the northern portion of the path that leads to the Merrill Cave on the east side of the main park road. The road is labeled with a big sign. Follow the path to where it comes to an end and park. The trailhead is situated at the base of Schonchin Butte just across the parking area.
Top 3 Adventure Hacks
1) Keep Your Feet Dry
Long hikes can cause your feet to sweat, which can cause blisters. Immediately treat blisters or hot spots with the use of moleskin or bandages to avoid further damage and alleviate pain.
2) Pack High Energy Snacks
Energy bars, fruit bars, granola, bagels, beef jerky, or gorp trail mixes can provide you with enough energy to complete the trail without feeling exhausted. Make sure to pack one of these snacks before taking a long hike.
3) Save Your Energy
It is important to pace yourself rather than exert too much energy during the first few miles. If you want to reach the peak and still have enough energy to go back to the trail, then save your energy wisely.