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 Tumble Buttes
Devil's Garden, the blocky lava flow in the foreground, forms part of Tumble Buttes.

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A line of cinder cones along a north-northwest- to south-southeast-trending fissure has produced a series of youthful-looking lava flows. The most prominent of these is Devils Rock Garden, a thick, blocky andesitic lava flow complex that extends to the south from Tumble Buttes. Bear Wallow Butte (dated at 35 ka), the source of unvegetated lava flows on its eastern and western flanks, lies at the southern end of the chain. At the northern end is Eiler Butte, constructed on a topographic high, which has also produced blocky lava flows. Miller (1989) mapped Tumble Buttes as Holocene. The Devils Rock Garden lava flow erupted from Tumble Butte south is the youngest in the area. It blocked glacial outwash channels and overlies glacial gravels and thus is younger than about 15,000 years, but not necessarily Holocene.
Location: California, Shasta County
Latitude: 40.68° N
Longitude: 121.55° W
Elevation: 2,191 (m) 7,188 (f)
Volcano type: cinder cones
Composition: basalt
Most recent eruption: Holocene
Nearby towns: Burney, Old Station, Viola
Threat Potential: Low/Very Low *