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Tumble Buttes

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  • United States
  • Canada and Western USA
  • Pyroclastic cone(s)
  • Pleistocene
  • Country
  • Volcanic Region
  • Primary Volcano Type
  • Last Known Eruption
  • 40.68°N
  • 121.55°W

  • 2191 m
    7188 ft

  • 323060
  • Latitude
  • Longitude

  • Summit
    Elevation

  • Volcano
    Number

The Global Volcanism Program has no activity reports for Tumble Buttes.

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This compilation of synonyms and subsidiary features may not be comprehensive. Features are organized into four major categories: Cones, Craters, Domes, and Thermal Features. Synonyms of features appear indented below the primary name. In some cases additional feature type, elevation, or location details are provided.

Eruptive History

The Global Volcanism Program is not aware of any Holocene eruptions from Tumble Buttes. If this volcano has had large eruptions (VEI >= 4) prior to 10,000 years ago, information might be found on the Tumble Buttes page in the LaMEVE (Large Magnitude Explosive Volcanic Eruptions) database, a part of the Volcano Global Risk Identification and Analysis Project (VOGRIPA).

Deformation History

There is no Deformation History data available for Tumble Buttes.

Emission History

There is no Emissions History data available for Tumble Buttes.

Photo Gallery

Devils Garden, part of which forms the jumbled blocky lava flows in the foreground, is part of the N-S-trending Tumble Buttes, a young volcanic field located north of Lassen Peak. The Tumble Buttes field contains some of the youngest volcanic features in this little known area partially within the Thousand Lakes Wilderness Area west of the Hat Creek Valley. The andesitic lava cone at the upper right is Logan Mountain, of Pleistocene age.

Photo by Lee Siebert, 1998 (Smithsonian Institution).
See title for photo information.
Eiler Butte, the small flat-topped cinder cone at left-center just below the low point on the horizon, is the northermost of a chain of cinder cones forming the Tumble Buttes volcanic field. Eiler Butte, located within the Thousand Lake Wilderness Area, is seen here from Burney Mountain, with snow-capped Lassen Peak in the background to the south. The Tumble Buttes are a N-S-trending chain of cinder cones and lava flows that form some of the youngest volcanic features north of Mount Lassen.

Photo by Lee Siebert, 1998 (Smithsonian Institution).
See title for photo information.
Bear Wallow Butte, the forested peak at the right, was the source of the youthful-looking unvegetated lava flows seen at the left-center. Bear Wallow Butte lies at the southern end of a N-S-trending chain of vents known as Tumble Buttes. Snow-capped Lassen Peak is visible to the south just beyond the summit of Bear Wallow Butte.

Photo by Lee Siebert, 1998 (Smithsonian Institution).
See title for photo information.
A N-S-trending chain of vents extending across the center of the photo forms Tumble Buttes, a young volcanic field north of Lassen Volcanic National Park. A large area of unvegetated lava flows at the left margin originated from Bear Wallow Butte at the southern end of the chain. Other young unvegetated flows form the Devils Rock Garden at right-center, below Crater Mountain, the prominent snow-dappled peak on the horizon. This view looks to the NW across the Hat Creek valley from West Prospect Mountain.

Photo by Lee Siebert, 1998 (Smithsonian Institution).
See title for photo information.
GVP Map Holdings

The maps shown below have been scanned from the GVP map archives and include the volcano on this page. Clicking on the small images will load the full 300 dpi map. Very small-scale maps (such as world maps) are not included. The maps database originated over 30 years ago, but was only recently updated and connected to our main database. We welcome users to tell us if they see incorrect information or other problems with the maps; please use the Contact GVP link at the bottom of the page to send us email.


Title: Potential Hazards from Future Volc Eruptions in CA
Publisher: US Geological Survey
Country: United States
Year: 1989
Series: B
Map Type: Geology (Volcanic Hazard)
Scale: 1:500,000
Map of Potential Hazards from Future Volc Eruptions in CA

Title: Canada, United States
Publisher: DMA Aerospace Center
Country: United States
Year: 1988
Series: ONC
Map Type: Topographic
Scale: 1:1,000,000
Map of Canada, United States

Title: United States, Mexico
Publisher: DMA Aerospace Center
Country: United States, Mexico
Year: 1988
Series: ONC
Map Type: Topographic
Scale: 1:1,000,000
Map of United States, Mexico

Title: Faults & Geomorphic Maps of CA/ NV
Publisher: California Dept of Conservation, Division of Mines & Geology
Country: United States
Year: 1985
Series: CA Geol Data Maps
Map Type: Geology (Geomorphology)
Scale: 1:500,000
Map of Faults & Geomorphic Maps of CA/ NV

Title: W US /Map of Dist, Comp, Age-Late CZ Volc Centers
Publisher: US Geological Survey
Country: United States
Year: 1984
Series: MI
Map Type: Geology (Volcano)
Scale: 1:2,500,000
Map of W US /Map of Dist, Comp, Age-Late CZ Volc Centers

Title: Dist, Thickness, Mass of Tephra from Volcanoes
Publisher: US Geological Survey
Country: United States
Year: 1983
Series: MFS
Map Type: Geology (Volcanic Hazard)
Scale: 1:2,500,000
Map of Dist, Thickness, Mass of Tephra from Volcanoes

Title: Distribution, Comp, & Age of L Cen Volcan, Cascade Range, NW US
Publisher: US Geological Survey
Country: United States
Year: 1983
Series: MI
Map Type: Geology
Scale: 1:500,000
Map of Distribution, Comp, & Age of L Cen Volcan, Cascade Range, NW US

Title: Technical Map of the Geothermal Resources of CA
Publisher: California Dept of Conservation, Division of Mines & Geology
Country: United States
Year: 1983
Series: CA Geol Data Maps
Map Type: Unknown
Scale: 1:750,000
Map of Technical Map of the Geothermal Resources of CA

Title: Geothermal Resources of CA
Publisher: California Dept of Conservation, Division of Mines & Geology
Country: United States
Year: 1980
Series: CA Geol Data Maps
Map Type: Unknown
Scale: 1:750,000
Map of Geothermal Resources of CA

Title: Geothermal Energy Resources of the Western United States
Publisher: ERDA and USGS
Country: United States
Year: 1977
Map Type: Cultural (Geothermal Resources)
Scale: 1:1,250,000
Map of Geothermal Energy Resources of the Western United States

Title: Geologic Map of California
Publisher: CA Division of Mines and Geology
Country: United States
Year: 1944
Series: CA Geol Data Map Series
Map Type: Geology
Scale: 1:750,000
Map of Geologic Map of California
Smithsonian Sample Collections Database

There are no samples for Tumble Buttes in the Smithsonian's NMNH Department of Mineral Sciences Rock and Ore collection.

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