Camp at Lava Lake

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Added by Nienna Komorebi

Free Campsite outside of Sisters, Oregon that parallels a trailhead for the Pacific Crest Trail.

Beautiful spot to set your tent up for a night or longer. About 12 spots scatter the immediate campground area, but while hiking we spotted several more dispersed throughout the towering Ponderosa Pine trees. Most of the spots circle a small lake. The ground in this site is a VERY soft dirt, perfect for earthing! I couldn't help but be barefoot the entirety of our visit there. A short walk downhill & left from the campsite you'll come across the McKenzie Pass for the Pacific Crest Trail. There are permits for day use and overnight use at the trailhead. Heading left on the trail eventually leads you to a crystalline lake and back country campground which I highly recommend making the trek to. Would be a lovely spot for a picnic and is very remote. 

We saw three people the entirety of our hike. This area is dog friendly.  I didn't see a time frame for allowed camping but please don't overstay your welcome. Be prepared to pack out your garbage with you. Spot does get too snowy in winter, so if you're planning a visit in spring call Sisters Ranger Station at 541-549-7700 to check the snow situation.

Directions: From Sisters, Oregon head West on HWY 242 for 14.6 miles. Campsite will be off the road on the left. Once you turn left follow the road, staying straight, until you get to the site. (you'll see a camp bulletin board and bathroom)

Happy Camping!!!

Pack List

  • Wilderness Permit necessary from Memorial day to Oct 31st. Sisters Ranger Station at 541-549-7700.
  • Tent
  • Hiking Shoes
  • Camera
  • Dog
  • Sleeping Gear
  • Water
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Camping, Chillin, Hiking, Swimming

Skill Level:



Summer, Autumn

Trail Type:



Dog Friendly
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Picnic Area

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Added by Nienna Komorebi

Vegan. Artist. Backpacker. Tea drinker. Book reader. Yoga doer. Tree Hugger.

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