(4/23) With the prescribed burn going on, I don't want to take chances of getting caught in the smoke. The winds are blowing to the south. The burn is north of Lave Top Butte. So this is rescheduled for Friday afternoon. Sorry!
IMO-One of the coolest butte we have around here.
Pretty close too, just a few miles past Bessie Butte on road NF-1810. The hike distance will be dependent on road conditions to how close we can get to the butte. Could be 4 miles or 2 miles, with an elevation gain of about 400 feet.
For those who care to, we can hike down into the crater.
Hiking around the rim of butte will be on uneven lava rock, some scrambling. Should make it back to cars before dark, but bring a headlamp or flashlight to be safe.
We'll meet at the north end of Fred Meyer's parking, under the gas price signs at 5:30 pm. We'll leave at 5:35 pm.