Pets allowed
Not Allowed
Elevation Gain
250.00 ft (76.20 m)
Trail type
There-and-back
Distance
1.20 mi (1.93 km)
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At 1.1 miles, the out-and-back Old Growth Trail hike is the shortest trail inside the Oregon Caves National Monument. The old Civilian Conservation Corps trail begins at a sign immediately behind the visitor center, with the first 0.3 mile overlapping with the Big Tree Trail. After a quick climb, the Old Growth Trail forks left and continues over a mountainside that traces marble outcrops, past old-growth forest and oak trees, and eventually descends to a paved forest road that is just a short jaunt from the Oregon Caves parking area.

Hikers can descend back to the parking area or retrace their path back to the Big Tree Trail and visitor center. While the trail might be less spectacular than others within the park, it does make for a scenic route for visitors to return to the parking area.

Logistics + Planning

Preferable season(s)

Spring
Summer
Fall

Congestion

Low

Parking Pass

None

Open Year-round

Yes

Pros

Diverse ecology.

Cons

Short. Not clear what you're looking at.

Trailhead Elevation

4,000.00 ft (1,219.20 m)

Highest point

4,100.00 ft (1,249.68 m)

Net Elevation Gain

100.00 ft (30.48 m)

Features

Family friendly
Flushing toilets
Wildlife
Potable water
Bird watching

Typically multi-day

No

Permit required

No

Location

Field Guide

Nearby Adventures

Nearby Lodging + Camping

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