Until then, check the official US Forest Service webpage for Lava Butte to see your options for making it to the top - including hiking or driving your own car. Driving to the top requires a permit from the Lava Lands Welcome Station.
The Lava Butte shuttle operates June 17 through Labor Day, September 4!The Lava Butte shuttle offers riders of all ages and abilities the opportunity to ride up and down Lava Butte to experience an unforgettable view of the Cascade Mountain Range. A ride on the shuttle to the summit of Lava Butte and back down is $3. Be sure to download the Umo app (see instructions below) before you head up to Lava Lands and purchase your shuttle fare on your phone–cell service can be spotty up there to download the app! You can also purchase your shuttle fare in cash on the bus; however, CET’s drivers cannot provide change. Exact change can be made at the Lava Butte Book Store and fares are also now available for purchase at the Book Store. E-fare cards can be purchased at Hawthorne Station and loaded with fare for payment as well.