Explore the most popular nature trips trails near Cave Junction with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

hiking
1 month 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.

Warning: long post but please read for up to date info on the trail so you can avoid my mistakes

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

hiking
2 months 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...

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.

It was an awesome adventure. the snow made driving to the lake a challenge. I drove my all wheel drive Subaru, and 3 of my friends through 8 miles of untracked snow. we had to stop 1 mile before the lake the snow had gotten to deep, and the slope of the road kept pulling my car to the edge. after a fairly easy mile hike, we got to the lake where we were greeted by amazing views of the mountains above and the snow covered trees. however that was not the highlight of the trip. the lake was frozen! the trail to the lookout had to deep of snow for us, and we did not bring any snow shoes. So instead we walked across the frozen lake and watched the sunset over the cloudy snow covered peaks. --overall extremely beautiful, and fun hike. HOWEVER I would not go alone. be safe and be smart.

Gorgeous area, especially in early October as the fall colors are brilliant in the area. Had the whole place to ourselves all day. Easy hiking except finding the trailhead was a little challenging - set back from the end of the road on the right. The trail was much shorter than described - about 2.5 miles RT.

hiking
11 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.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Finding the trail is the greatest difficulty. Gorgeous lake and great trout fishing! Oregon at its finest!

Sunday, March 26, 2017

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

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

lookout is great!

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.

Sunday, September 25, 2016

very worth the steep incline. the view is amazing

fishing
Wednesday, August 10, 2016

nice camp ground, caught brook trout and hiked to the look out.

hiking
Friday, May 06, 2016

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

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
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
Friday, March 23, 2012

First of all, the trail is a little less than 3 mile round trip plus it's only accessible from about early June until perhaps November, not year around as described. The road is the same as to Bolan Lake but at a signed fork in the road approaching Bolan campground, take the road to the right for about 3 miles and then left for about 1 1/2 mile. The road is blocked and the TH is about 100 feet before block. The trail does a fairly easy climb 1/2 mile to Tannen Lake. There's only a couple of possible campsites here that are decent as the lake is surrounded by brush and rock. If you take a left at the lake, across a stream , there is a trail that continues about 1 mile to East Tannen Lake. This again is a bit of a climb but easy. East Tannen Lake is similar to Tannen but smaller and without real camping potential. I did a backpacking trip a few years back starting at this TH and continuing to Sucker Creek Shelter and then down to Steve's Fork Tr. and on to Azalea Lake and then to Lonesome Lake, Kangaroo Springs and down Horsecamp Tr. in the Applegate. An absolutely great trip.

hiking
Tuesday, March 20, 2012

This trail is actually a trail up to Bolan Mountain Lookout from Bolan Lake. There is a short trail around the lake but the described trail here is to the lookout which overlooks the Lake. The trail starts from the north end of the lake and steadily climbs through a beautiful forest which becomes more rocky as it climbs to a saddle with great views and then the trail becomes a little easier from this point. Finally the trail reaches a road which accesses the lookout and from here it's a short walk up to the lookout. The lookout is available for rent which I did in mid Sept of 2010. The weather was cool and a bit wet at that time but still it was great with views to the ocean and the Klamath River drainage. As noted, a road does access the lookout for those staying there with a locked gate at the bottom for renter's use only. There's a few campsites at the lake with picnic tables, fire pits and nearby toilet. Also fairly close drive to Tannen Lakes hike.

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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