Lava Beds National Monument
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Lava Beds National Monument has a fascinating geological history. Over half a million years ago there were erupting volcanoes in the areas. Some of the rough and rugged terrain in the area can be attributed to the lava beds that were cased by the volcanoes. Additionally, there are more than 700 caves in the area.
We currently do not have any record of trailheads in this park.
Routes and Trails You Can Travel
We currently do not have any record of good routes in this park.
There is some quite unusual hiking that can be done in the area. Thanks to the volcanoes from many thousands of years ago, the hiking terrain is hilly and often quite rugged, which makes for some awesome hiking and trekking opportunities.
Additionally, the approximate 700 caves in the area makes for some really wonderful and unique adventures which are difficult to get anywhere else.
There are a number hiking trails at Lava Beds National Monument. Many of them are themed and lead to some geological or historic spot of interest.
1) Bunchgrass Trail - a short trail about 1 mile long
2) Missing Link Trail - a connecting trail from the Bunchgrass trail to the next trails.
3) Heppe Cave Trail - a curious trail with a surprise at the end
4) Big Nasty Trail - a loop trail through rough terrain
5) Schonchin Butte Trail - a short but steep trail with an amazing and panoramic view at the end
6) Symbol Bridge Trail - a winding trail almost a mile long
7) Thomas-Wright Battlefield Trail - this trail leads to a real historic battlefield. There are also plenty of natural wonders along the way.
8) Gillem Bluff Trail - another short but steep trail that takes you to a beautiful vista point overlooking the area
9) Captain Jack's Stronghold Trail - lots of rough terrain in this winding trail
10) Petroglyph Point Trail - another short but steep trail with beautiful views
Some of the long trails at the park are:
1) Three Sisters Trail - an 8+ mile trail that takes you through some deep wilderness areas.
2) Lyons Trail - a 0+ mile trail that takes you through some deep wilderness areas.
3) Whitney Butte Trail - a 3+ mile trail
Climate and Weather
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Lave Beds National Monument has a rich history. There were a number of historic battles after Europeans attempted to colonize the area. The area was also used by various military operations throughout the last century.
Prior to the settlers who came to California, the area was inhabited by native people.
Geological history of the area goes back many thousands of years ago to a time when there were live, erupting volcanoes in the area.
Lave Beds is a place known for great wildlife. There are many great wildflowers and interesting birds that can be spotted in the area.
Many of the trails in the area are known to have amazing displays of wildflowers.
Camping is possible at the Lava Beds National Monument. For details on precise and up to date availability of the campsites, contact the park authority.