National Monument in 1990, the area has become much more crowded. So the crew here has instituted a first-come first-served free pass system, where, at the entrance to Lava Butte, you can get a parking pass. I imagine a lot of the time, it's unnecessary, but when the lot gets gridlocked, it's a nightmare. The pass is good for half an hour, which would be plenty of time for the loop trail around the crater here. However, I was worried about time; like the previous day (See Geo 365, Feb. 18 through March 31), I had planned a lot for this day. The loop trail was something I didn't want to try to cram in. Just as at Hole-in-the-Ground, note that trees have become established on the north-facing south interior of the crater, but have a hard time elsewhere. I think these are lodgepole pines, rather than ponderosas.
Photo unmodified. August 21, 2011. FlashEarth Location.
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