Medicine Lake and Glass Mountain

USGS Photo of Medicine Lake, with Mount Shasta on the skyline
Medicine Lake, California, with Mount Shasta on the skyline


Medicine Lake and Lava Beds

Volcanic eruptions on the Medicine Lake shield volcano have created an incredibly rugged landscape punctuated by cinder cones, lava flows, spatter cones, lava tube caves and pit craters. During the Modoc War of 1872-1873, the Modoc Indians used these tortuous lava flows to their advantage. Under the leadership of Captain Jack, the Modocs took refuge in "Captain Jack's Stronghold," a natural lava fortress. From this base a group of 53 fighting men and their families held off US Army forces numbering up to twenty times their strength for five months. Visitors can tour both the geologic and historic wonders of this unusual landscape.

 Visit A Volcano - Medicine Lake Volcano and Lava Beds National Monument

California Guide - Lava Beds National Monument, California

CVO Website - Medicine Lake and Lava Beds, California

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