Hiking Trails

Hiking Oregon Caves National Monument and Preserve

We have four hiking trails with wonderful views of Oregon Caves National Monument and the Siskiyou Mountains that surround it. Most of the trails weave in and out of the boundary of the Monument and Preserve.

You can download maps of individual trails on the Monument which are found on the pages about the trails, or you can download maps of larger views of Oregon Caves which include all of the trails found up here.

Cliff Nature Trail

Moss and marble outcrops on the Cliff Nature Trail.

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Cliff Nature Trail (map)

Distance (from the cave exit): 0.7 mile (1.1 km)
Estimated Time: 30 minutes to 1 hour
Elevation Gain: 75 feet (23 m)
Trailhead: Cave exit

Distance (from Visitor Center): 1 mile (1.6 km)
Estimated Time: 45 minutes to 1 hour
Elevation Gain: 371 feet (113)
Trailhead: Visitor Center

Walk over marble outcrops, through the fir forests, and enjoy panoramic views of the Illinois Valley.

Big Tree

Hikers taking a break at the Big Tree.

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Big Tree Trail

Distance: 3.3 miles (5.3 km) loop, 1.3 miles (2.1 km) to Big Tree
Estimated Time: 3 hours (loop), 2.5 hours (Big Tree and back)
Elevation Gain: 1,125 feet (343 m)
Trailhead: Visitor Center

A great afternoon hike, a steep climb takes you through mountain meadows and forests, past the widest-girthed Douglas-fir tree known to exist in Oregon.

No Name Trail

No Name Trail behind the Chateau.

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No Name Trail

Distance: 1.3 miles (2.1 km)
Estimated Time: 45 minutes to 1 hour
Elevation Gain: 268 feet (82m)
Trailhead: Chateau parking lot

Short but steep, you'll encounter streams, mossy cliffs, and dense forests. Walk underneath the covered bridge along Cave Creek. Two short trails lead to two waterfalls on No Name Creek.

Old Growth Trail

The Old Growth Trail.

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Old Growth Trail

Distance: 1 mile (1.6 km) loop
Estimated Time: 30 to 45 minutes
Elevation Gain: 200 feet (60 m)
Trailhead: Visitor Center

This historic trail, connecting the Visitor Center to the main parking lot, gradually climbs past oak trees, over marble outcrops, and through old growth forests.

Cave Creek Trail

Enjoy the sounds of Cave Creek.

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Cave Creek Trail

Distance: 3.6 miles (5.8 km) round trip
Estimated Time: 2 to 4 hours (round trip)
Elevation Gain: 1,245 feet (379 m)
Trailhead: Chateau parking lot

Wind your way down the mountain to the Cave Creek Campground. Enjoy the dense forest, splashing streams, and rock outcrops.

Note: For a 1 to 2 hour hike, consider arranging a ride to pick you up at the campground.

Meadows at Bigelow Lakes

Mountain meadows at Bigelow Lakes.

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Bigelow Lakes - Mt. Elijah Loop Trail

Distance: 9.2 miles (14.8 km) loop; 8 miles (12.8 km) to Mt. Elijah and back
Estimated Time: 5 to 7 hours depending on route
Elevation Gain: 2,390 feet (728 m)
Trailhead: Visitor Center, follow Big Tree Trail

This full-day hike to the summit of 6,390 foot (1,948 m) Mt. Elijah takes you past meadows and lakes. clear days offer views of Mt. Shasta and Preston Peak.

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