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 (map)
Distance (from the cave exit): 0.7 mile (1.1 km)
Distance (from Visitor Center): 1 mile (1.6 km)
Walk over marble outcrops, through the fir forests, and enjoy panoramic views of the Illinois Valley.
Big Tree Trail
Distance: 3.3 miles (5.3 km) loop, 1.3 miles (2.1 km) to Big Tree
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
Distance: 1.3 miles (2.1 km)
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
Distance: 1 mile (1.6 km) loop
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
Distance: 3.6 miles (5.8 km) round trip
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.
Bigelow Lakes - Mt. Elijah Loop Trail
Distance: 9.2 miles (14.8 km) loop; 8 miles (12.8 km) to Mt. Elijah and back
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.