Elkhorn Valley Campground is a 1 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Lyons, Oregon that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from June until September. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 1.0 miles Elevation Gain: 39 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

camping

hiking

nature trips

paddle sports

walking

cave

river

There's a lava plug that looks like a mini volcano 1/4 mile East of the campground, if you drive to the very end of the park you will see the trail at the end of the parking area. To get to the 2 small caves walk about 1/4 mile East, or up river where you will hear a creek flowing then look left and you will see the "volcano" in the trees and a small trail going to it. If you follow that trail it will take you to the lower cave then go back around to your left and a trail will take you to the bigger upper cave and if you continue past the upper cave you will come to a strange sight....the "volcano" looks like a pyramid, thus the locals call this place King Tut's Tomb.

hiking
closed
1 month ago

Disappointed. Only a road with some small trails leading off from it. Pretty though.

nature trips
8 months ago

Great little hike, went to see the lava plug and caves, not disappointed. Great examples of native plants line the small trails. Thimble berry, piggy back plant, foamflower, Fringe cup, nice to see star flowered false Solomon's seal in bloom. Good teaching moment for my son. At the first parking area, water was cool, clear and shallow, calm, if you have small children.

hiking
10 months ago

nice place to take the dogs to

hiking
Sun Jun 12 2016

Easy flat trail with a river and rim loop. Interesting rock and cave. Parts of the route not well maintained with overgrown brush and fallen trees.

walking
Thu Jan 20 2011

I noticed this was a trail review for a campground, so I'm reviewing both the campground and a secret trail to some caves that start from the back of the campground. First the campground, It's located alongside the North Fork of the Santiam River with many sites with river access among mature trees. Site 13 is along the river and the only site that can accomodate larger RVs and all sites are first come first serve with no hookups. This campground is run by BLM along with the sister campgrounds Fishermen's Bend and Yellowbottom. Now for the "secret" There's a lava plug that looks like a mini volcano 1/4 mile East of the campground, if you drive to the very end of the park you will see the trail at the end of the parking area. To get to the 2 small caves walk about 1/4 mile East, or up river where you will hear a creek flowing then look left and you will see the "volcano" in the trees and a small trail going to it. If you follow that trail it will take you to the lower cave then go back around to your left and a trail will take you to the bigger upper cave and if you continue past the upper cave you will come to a strange sight....the "volcano" looks like a pyramid, thus the locals call this place King Tut's Tomb.