Caves Highway (Hwy 46) leading to the monument will be repaved by the Oregon Department of Transportation beginning Monday June 10, 2013 until Thursday June 13, 2013. Please allow extra time for your travel and drive with caution.
Parks and Monuments
The Klamath Network
There are six units managed by the National Park Service located throughout northern California and southern Oregon which are all within a day's drive of Oregon Caves. The sites are referred to as the Klamath Network and include Oregon Caves National Monument, Redwood National and State Parks, Crater Lake National Park, Lava Beds National Monument, Whiskeytown National Recreation Area, and Lassen Volcanic National Park.
Below includes links and descriptions of the units in the Klamath Network.
NPS, Redwood National Park
Redwood National Park, California
Travel Time: about 2 hours
Distance: approximately 70 miles from Oregon Caves
Take a hike in the Redwood forest. The sixth tallest tree in the world is in Stout Grove, one of the most dramatic stands of redwood trees in this region. This is accessed by Howland Hill Drive, an unpaved road that meanders through trees as tall as a football field is long. Several trails can be found here including the Nickerson Ranch loop that follows Mill Creek through the forest.
NPS, Crater Lake National Park
Crater Lake National Park, Oregon
Travel Time: about 3 ½ hours
Distance: approximately 150 miles from Oregon Caves
Crater Lake is the clearest lake in the world and the deepest in the nation. Boat tours take you around the lake during the summer months.
There are a number of hiking trails around the lake, and motorists can take the Rim Drive (closed in winter) to see wonderful views of the crystal clear lake.
NPS, Lava Beds National Monument
Lava Beds National Monument, California
Travel Time: about 4 hours
Distance: approximately 200 miles from Oregon Caves
The Monument occupies over 46,000 acres on the northeast corner of Medicine Lake Volcano. Over the last half-million years, volcanic eruptions on the Medicine Lake shield volcano created an incredibly rugged landscape punctuated by cinder cones, lava flows, spatter cones, lava tube caves and pit craters.
The Monument offers nearly a dozen different trails, and when skies are clear there is a 150 mile view.
The Lava Beds National Monument encompasses the main battlefields of the Modoc War of 1872-73, the only Indian war fought in California.
NPS, Whiskeytown National Recreation Area
Whiskeytown National Recreation Area, California
Travel Time: about 4 hours
Distance: approximately 210 miles from Oregon Caves
Whiskeytown is an all season park with year- round recreation. Explore the recreational area by horseback riding, hiking, or mountain biking. During spring, enjoy the beautiful wildflowers and birdwatching opportunities. Cool off in the summers by sailing, water skiing, scuba diving, swimming and fishing in the lake, or find refuge by hiking alongside rushing creeks and waterfalls.
Visitors can also enjoy Ranger-led tours of historic mines and buildings from the Gold Rush Era.
NPS, Lassen Volcanic National Park
Lassen Volcanic National Park, California
Travel Time: about 5 hours
Distance: approximately 250 miles from Oregon Caves
Lassen Peak is the southernmost active volcano in the Cascade Mountain Range and erupted on May 22, 1915. The series of explosions were the most powerful in the Cascades during the 20th century prior to the 1980 eruption of Mt. St. Helens.
There are over 150 miles of hiking trails to explore and many activities to participate in including kayaking, boating, fishing, swimming, camping, backpacking, day hiking, horseback riding, birdwatching, wildflower viewing,and stargazing.
Did You Know?
The grylloblattid, one of the half-dozen endemics found at Oregon Caves, contains anti-freeze properties in its blood to prevent freezing! Photo credit courtesy of Piotr Naskrecki.