Lava Beds National Monument

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General Information

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

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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.

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Camping Possibilities

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.

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Group Name: greatest view hiking

Group Description: Going hiking journey to beautiful mountain and vast lakes and see new creeks never found by any one else

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Past Hikes

Girlfriend Get Away: Trinity Alps Wilderness Area, Northern California | 91.8 km away

Date: Saturday, 7-23-2011

Description: Get a chance to gain a solid foundation of backpacking skills while exploring lush meadows, alpine lakes, glacier fed creeks, and awe-inspiring mountains. The hiking itinerary is manageable, so we can enjoy ourselves in this gorgeous alpine environment! Go to: http://roamthewoods.com/Trinity.html for more details or www.roamthewoods.com

Girlfriend Getaway: Lassen Volcanic National Park Week Long Backpacking Adventure | 91.8 km away

Date: Saturday, 9-17-2011

Description: Come join us for the week in Lassen National Park. The southernmost portion of the Cascade Range will be our classroom for the week. Enjoy solitude and camaraderie in a back country few wander into, while reveling in the awe-inspiring geologic features Lassen is home to. Please contact the organizer for more details or visit www.roamthewoods.com.

great oasis of views | 25.9 km away

Date: Saturday, 11-3-2012

Description: Beautiful fall trees,views and vast lakes.

Liver Life Challenge Mount Shasta Climb | 52.2 km away

Date: Friday, 6-7-2013

Description: The American Liver Foundation’s Liver Life Challenge Mount Shasta Climb offers a ticket to stand on the summit of the second largest volcano in the U.S. Our team trainings and fundraising program will lead you to the top with guidance, training and tools for success. From the moment you meet your climb team through the end of your Mount Shasta journey, the Liver Life Challenge Mount Shasta Climb will be an unforgettable, transforming experience for you while benefiting the those living with liver disease. Benefits of our Liver Life Challenge program include: Expert Mountain Guides. Our Mount Shasta guides have climbed, skied, explored the mountain and are the local professional choice. They are skilled climbers as well as fun and enjoyable team members who believe in providing the highest quality adventure while helping you achieve your goals. Team Trainings. Sweat it out with fellow hikers and encourage each other to reach the summit. We make climbing a team sport!. Hote ....