U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORBUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT
|Alturas Field Office|
Wilderness Study Areas
TIMBERED CRATER LAVA
These stark and barren landscapes are testaments to the power of volcanic forces. Rugged volcanic formations, including islands, fissures, and domes, checker the landscape. Many of the domes are lava tubes or caves; other domes have collapsed, forming interesting profiles and minature valleys. The visitor can see and learn first hand about the forces that melted and twisted rock. Although there are no identified trail heads, access points can be found on the Modoc Country Map (or call the Alturas Field Office for exact locations).
The vegetation is just as dramatic as the volcanic landscape. A variety of pines, oaks, and junipers grow amid the volcanic formations. In the spring, the redbud bush dominates the area with its brilliant purple to lavender blooms. In the fall, the changing leaves of the deciduous trees and brush species paint the landscape orange and red. The greens of the conifers and the blacks of the volcanic scenery provide a constant backdrop to the seasonal colors.