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Symbol Bridge And Big Painted Cave [CLOSED]

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Lava Beds National Monument

Symbol Bridge And Big Painted Cave [CLOSED] is a 1.8 mile out and back trail located near Tulelake, California that offers the chance to see wildlife and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and nature trips.

Length 1.8 mi Elevation gain 101 ft Route type Out & Back
Kid friendly Hiking Nature trips Walking Views Wildlife Closed No dogs
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This area burned during the Caldwell Fire in July and August of 2020. The trail is closed due to remaining fire-related hazards. Don't forget to stop at the visitor center and get your required cave permit. The cave permits don't cost anything additional. If the visitor center is closed, there is an information board nearby that walks you through the screening process. There is a decontamination station outside the visitor center as well. The screening permits and decontamination station are to try to protect the resident bat populations from white nose syndrome (https://www.nps.gov/articles/what-is-white-nose-syndrome.htm).

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Clisby White
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I'm a huge fan of petroglyphs so hiking this one was an easy decision. Hiked it back in July and even in the heat the trail wasn't bad. It's just flat and sandy but there isn't any shade to speak of unless you're in the caves.

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Courtney Sams
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Easy walk to the cave and then a little farther to the painted bridge. It’s exposed with very little shade so wear sunscreen. There aren’t a lot of very visible paintings left at the cave so I recommend saving painted bridge for second.

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Kate Rose
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Not much to see at the cave, but Symbol Bridge is well worth it!

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SpxChih C
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Totally worthy to walk in and explore all the rock arts.

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Garland Gepner
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Nice caves, seeing the flow patterns within the lava tubes is neat. cant remember which cave it was but there was one ice cave we did that was freezing inside in the middle of summer.

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Explorer Dad
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Nice little hike out to the caves. Skip Big Painted Cave and go straight for Symbol Bridge. No easy staircase down to them, but that is half the fun

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Jack Tron
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It’s really neat. Hike to the spots are easy. Going down to the cave was not as easy as we thought since it was designated as “easy”. Definitely not for folks that need complete stable ground. No hand rails. Cave will need headlamp or flashlight.

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Jesse Pilkerton
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Easy trail to some collapsed lava tubes and pictographs. We went on a summer day and even the collapsed lava tubes were still a lot cooler than on the surface.

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Jerry Haugen
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This is a great trail along a, mostly collapsed, lava tube in Lava Beds National Monument. It begins at an asphalt paved trailhead near Skull Cave. The trail itself is smooth and gravel surfaced with only a few small steps to hinder a wheel chair. The side trails that go down into Big Painted Cave and under Symbol Bridge are short, but steep and rocky. The trail parallels the lave tube with views into the collapsed sections. There are interpretive panels to read and lots of pictographs to photograph.

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Srikanth Grandhe
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Chevy Mariano
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Erick Cruz
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Lyndsey Weaver
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Nolan Mayther
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Chris Engler
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Eric Fetherman
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Thomas Abdon
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Torrey Lewis
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West Coast Hiking
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Bill Matthews
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Steven Hsu
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Janis Nau
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Dakota Darling
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Keagan Dudley
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Anthony Griser
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Karthik Upadhyaya
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Victoria Fong
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Jesse Rowland
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