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Volcano and Lava River Hike (Flagstaff)

Wandering Soles Hiking Club
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Aug 12 6:30AM - 5:30PM

Description: Escape the heat in Phoenix and spend the day in Flagstaff with a Red Mountain Volcano Hike and Lava River Cave Adventure. We will start with a Volcano Hike and then do some Lava Cave exploring afterwards. We'll stop for a picnic lunch before heading back.

Secondary Carpool Location: McDonalds on Carefree Hwy and I-17 at 7:30 am.
3140 W Carefree Hwy, Phoenix, AZ 85086

Hike Difficulty: Easy to Moderate

Start Elevation: 7684 ft.

Total Distance: Red Mountain Volcano Trail #159 - 2.5 mile RT. Lava River Cave 40 ft. descent underground, 2 mile RT cave hike.

Drive Time: 3+ hours

Directions to Red Mountain Trail #159: From Phoenix take I-17 North towards Flagstaff. In Flagstaff, continue onto S. Milton Rd which becomes historic Route 66. Turn left onto N. Humphreys St. Turn left onto W. Columbus Ave. Continue West onto US-180/W Fort Valley Rd. Drive 25 miles on US-180, at milepost 247 turn left at a large Forest Service sign that announces the Red Mountain Geologic Area.

Estimated Return Time: Saturday 6pm

Minimum Attendees Required: 4

Additional Information: Involves driving on forest service dirt roads. Due to monsoon season be prepared for changing weather conditions. Temps inside the cave range from 35-45 degrees. Bring a headlamp/flashlight, extra light source and extra batteries. You will be 40 feet underground in a cave. It will be pitch black. Climbing will be involved. The rocks are sharp and slippery. Wear sturdy shoes.

Red Mountain Trail #159 - Red Mountain, located in the Coconino National Forest of northern Arizona, 25 miles northwest of Flagstaff, is a volcanic cinder cone that rises 1,000 feet above the surrounding landscape. It is unusual in having the shape of a "U," and in lacking the symmetrical shape of most cinder cones. Studies by U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and Northern Arizona University scientists suggest that Red Mountain formed in eruptions about 740,000 years ago. More information can be found here.

Lava River Cave - One of Arizona's "coolest" places in the summer, this mile long lava tube cave formed roughly 700,000 years ago by molten rock that erupted from a volcanic vent in nearby Hart Prairie. The top, sides and bottom of the flow cooled and solidified first, after which the insides of the lava river continued to flow, emptying out the present cave. More information can be found here.

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