Schonchin ButteSchonchin Butte
is a cinder cone
Frothy lava, cooled in the air, created the large cinder cones throughout
Lava Beds National Monument
Schonchin Butte's three quarter mile long trail leads to a panoramic view from the historic fire lookout.
The lookout is staffed from June to September.
is a geological word for any landform that sticks up abruptly,
but cinder cone
is a more descriptive geological way of describing
this landmark. Erupting more than 30,000 years ago, it spewed ash and cinders
into the air much like a can of soda when shaken.
A lava spatter rampart is at the very top. From the lookout panoramic views
of the Medicine Lake volcano, Mount Shasta
, Mount McLoughlin, the
Clear Lake Hills and the Warner Mountains can be seen.
On a really clear day, the south rim of Crater Lake
can be seen.