Lava Beds National Monument is a diverse landscape dotted with lava tubes, volcanic features and history. Entering from the SE entrance there’s a nice long occasionally maintained road.
Most visitors do the Cave Loop from the Visitor’s Center. Really not a bad idea – a paved road to the entrance to a dozen tubes. But being more than a bit claustrophobic I prefer the trails to the larger more remote tubes, over the gatherings along the more popular loop road.
Along the trail is the world’s largest dandelions (thistles?) and more then enough tress, features and landscape to make the hike along a destination.
A lunch stop at the Devil’s Homestead. A vast lava flow above the landscape of the Modoc War.
Crater Lake next ….