This seldom used trail offers vistas and interesting geology. We cross normally dry Turkey Creek and begin a gradual climb in the sparse shade of pinyon pine and juniper.
At 2.25 miles, it begins a moderately steep switchback ascent of the north face of House Mountain, a long extinct shield volcano. There are fine views of nearby red rock formations as well as more distant vistas north toward Wilson and Secret Mountains. The trail reaches the crest at nearly 3 miles and begins a gradual descent over basaltic lava. Soon the view over the ancient, heavily eroded caldera opens up and the opposite rim, dominated by the lava outcrop which gave the mountain its name, is visible. The trail continues, but this is a good stopping point. Return by the same route for a 6 mile roundtrip hike.
If we can't get to the trailhead parking due to road conditions we will have to park by the road, adding a mile to the hike.