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Where can I climb a volcano?

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Hello and welcome to CoreFacts, where we're always short on time and big on science. I'm Steve Sobieszczyk. Today's question is for those weekend warriors out there.

Where can I climb a volcano?

There are any number of volcanoes in the United States where one can climb or even picnic. The one disadvantage is most of them are on the west coast. Here are but a few examples:

In California there is Black Point at Mono Lake; Lassen Peak; or Schonchin Butte at the Lava Beds National Monument. In New Mexico there is Capulin Mountain, one of the few places in the world where you can actually walk into a volcano. In Oregon, there is Mount Bachelor, Mount Hood, Mount Jefferson, Brown Mountain, Crater Lake, Lava Butte, Newberry Caldera, Powell Butte, Mount Tabor, or Mount Thielsen. Just north in Washington, there is Mount Rainier, Mount St. Helens, Beacon Rock or Battleground Lake. So, depending on your skill level or intent, there is a nice volcano somewhere in the U.S. that you can either climb or explore.

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