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Founded in July 1909, Oregon Caves National Monument is known for its marble caves and Pleistocene jaguar and grizzly bear fossils found in its deep caves. 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." There are four primary buildings: The Oregon Caves Chateau, The Ranger Residence, The Chalet, and the old Dormitory.

hiking
6 days ago

A really good trail to hike. Moderate is a fair assessment, especially if you pick it up in the first parking lot where the picnic area is.

Simple, special place. I can’t wait to come back and wander with snow shoes.

hiking
1 month ago

Enjoyable little trek that was a bit confusing when you walk back out to the Oregon caves and back out the road. The parking lot was FULL of kids. And I thought it was going to be quiet and peaceful...

hiking
1 month ago

I found this on on a bulletin board in the parking lot of Oregon caves. I went there to do several trails but there was a 100+ kids in the area so I went and did this on the way out. A nice little hill it goes up and back down...

Found this one by accident! I was going to let the dog jump in the creek and came across a little trail I didn't know was there. That happened a few times during the days venture. Nice little flat trail along a creek and crosses a bridge to get to a campground. Met a dog owner with a pit bull that was no nasty he carried a stun gun to use on his own dog so "he could get his jaws unlocked". Animals like that shouldn't be out in public.

hiking
10 months ago

After going through the caves we went on this trail back to the visitor center rather than the direct path. It was a very easy and pretty hike. I would recommend doing this after the caves.

hiking
10 months ago

This was a very easy trail. I went on it after going through the caves and still wasn’t tired after. It had some nice views. The hardest part was going up the hill near the end, but it wasn’t that bad.

camping
Thursday, June 15, 2017

I put the full five stars for now even though I didn't make it. I'm betting it's going to be when I finally do get to check it out. The road is still blocked and not by just a little debris​, nonetheless some people have managed to make a road over it but I wouldn't dare it even if I still I had my Subaru. A little way back right before nature's road block is a shaded forest road that leads to a little campsite on the river which is really beautiful.

hiking
Wednesday, May 10, 2017

The rode was closed due to a slide of dirt, rocks and trees across the rode. We had about 7 miles to go. We will come back another time and try it again.

Sunday, March 26, 2017

39 degrees, still some fallen trees on trail but loved the drive and the hike

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

cabin was a little creepy...

hiking
Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Beautiful and peaceful. No one was on the trail. We were walking along through the forest and it began to snow huge wet snowflakes. As you looked across the way to the fir trees, it was a beautiful sight with the snow coming down.

hiking
Sunday, October 09, 2016

It's was fun

Saturday, September 24, 2016

This trail is located in Cave Junction, Or. A fair distance from Williams

Monday, September 19, 2016

Hiked for first time today the incline is a great workout to earn the view

Saturday, September 03, 2016

great view at the top

on Cliff Nature Trail

Monday, June 20, 2016

Great beautiful and peaceful

hiking
Friday, May 06, 2016

Beautiful hike! Uphill on the way out for sure! Great workout. Beautiful scenery. I would definitely do it again.

Sunday, October 25, 2015

First mile is road from the parking lot, then good moderate hiking up. Varying views of the valley that improve visibility with altitude.

hiking
Sunday, May 24, 2015

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. :)

hiking
Saturday, July 05, 2014

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.

hiking
Saturday, July 05, 2014

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.

hiking
Friday, May 30, 2014

We hiked to Bigelow Lake and Mt. Elijah a couple weekends ago. Very pretty hike. Looking forward to going back with our grandkids!

hiking
Tuesday, March 04, 2014

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.

hiking
Monday, August 12, 2013

Spectacular views!

hiking
Saturday, August 03, 2013

Crazy view once you get to the top. But is quite steep at times and has some loose rock. Hot and dry during the summer but has interesting plant life. Cool to think that while you are hiking up there are likly people in the caves below you.

hiking
Sunday, May 26, 2013

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.

hiking
Friday, February 10, 2012

it was great

hiking
Tuesday, October 25, 2011

We did this trail on our way to coast. This trail is located in the Oregon Caves Monument but there is no entry fee unless you tour the caves. Big Tree Loop is a fairly easy, interpretive trail with lots of ups and downs and beautiful views. There is wildlife around that are use to the people being there and they come down pretty close. Great family outing.

hiking
Monday, October 17, 2011

This was a really great hike with the kids. It is an interpretive trail in the Oregon Caves Monument area and details alot of history. Its a moderate hike with some steep short hills and some beautiful views.

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