Schonchin Butte is a large cinder cone in
the land of burnt-out fires.
This currently silent volcano is named for a former chief of
the Modoc people, Old Schonchin.
A hiking trail leads to the top, where a fire lookout is actively
used from June to late September by the
Lava Beds fire management crew.
The lookout provides spectacular views. Visitors are welcome to talk
to the ranger on duty as his duties allow.
Schonchin Butte is surrounded by other volcanic features such as the
Black Crater farther north and the
nearby Fleener Chimneys.