Discover the Marble Halls of Oregon Nestled deep inside the Siskiyou Mountains, the caves formed as rainwater from the ancient forest above dissolved the surrounding marble and created one of the world's few marble caves. The highly complex geology found on the Monument contributes to the unusual and rare plants and animals found nowhere else but here. Experience the extensively decorated and adventurous "Marble Halls of Oregon."
Rachel W. on Oregon Caves Trail
Great beautiful and peaceful
It's a little scary driving back to the caves if you're not used to mountain roads, but it's beautiful if you look around. We took the tour in the caves which was very interesting. We then hiked around the outside of the mountain. It was a little rainy, but the view was still fantastic! The trail is very well maintained, and the lodge is a neat place to explore and get lunch. We also enjoyed getting our Junior Rangers badges. :)
We thoroughly enjoyed this hike up to the Big Tree. We hiked the loop in a clockwise direction thinking that the uphill trek wouldn't be as steep. Turns out it didn't matter but going clockwise gets you to Big Tree before the summit. The trail is all uphill to the summit and all downhill the second half of the hike. over 1000 foot elevation gain but not too steep. A real good workout. Big Tree is impressive. It looked dead at the top but we figured that was from lightning strikes as the foliage is quite green. This trail is also the way to get to Mount Elijah but that would have added an additional 5 miles round trip. That's for another day. We saw no one else on the trail on a very busy day for the park. Tons of people taking the cave tour. Hardly anyone above ground on these beautiful trails.
We took this one mile loop to warm up our legs for the longer Big Tree hike we took afterwards. To get to the actual trail you have to start at the visitors center and hike about .3 miles to get there. The actual elevation gain in this loop trail is about 400 feet. So be prepared for a little workout. The interpretive signs were very informative and there is one point on the trail that has a great view of the terrain to the north. We came face to face with a deer that did not seem too worried about our presence.
A nice day for a hike on 3-1-2014. We started this trail to the right , found the connector trail and hiked up to Mt. Eljah. A storm was coming in so we skipped the Bigelow Lake side and returned the way we came. On the way back, we finished The Big Tree Loop. We encountered rain drizzle the last mile and then it began to pour the last 500 feet back to the car.
We took the kids on this experience 15 years ago and they still talk about. Fascinating, well organized And the guides are well informed. Worth the drive. We were lucky enough to get a room in the lodge due to a last minute no show as we were quite tired after the excursion.