Kintpuash, also known as Captain Jack, was a hereditary chief of the Modoc Indians who gained notoriety with the US Army during the 1872-1873 Modoc war. The Captain Jack's Stronghold Trail is a popular interpretive loop trail, divided into two sections, the Long Trail and the Short Trail; both trails guide the visitor through the rough terrain of the natural lava rock defenses used by the Modoc. This page describes the long trail. The entrance to the trail starts as a paved trail suitable for wheelchairs but continues as a dirt trail which is quite rough and rocky at places. There are picnic benches in a shaded location and pit toilets at the parking lot.
The Captain Jacks Stronghold Trail has a maximum elevation of 4,131 ft (1,259 m), a minimum elevation of 4,053 ft (1,235 m), and an elevation gain of 2,547 ft (776 m) in the [ A to B ] direction.
The following chart shows the total calories that you may expend on the Captain Jacks Stronghold Trail while hiking in the [ A to B ] and [ B to A ] direction at a typical speed and is based on gross weight (which includes anything carried), the topography, trail length and trail conditions.
|[ A to B ] or [ B to A ]|
|Steps 1||Length 2||Min Ele 3||Max Ele 4|
|2,213||1.0 mi||4,053 ft||4,131 ft|
|[ A to B ]|
|Time 5||Floors 6||Gain 7||Loss 8|
|29 min||0.2||2,547 ft||2,670 ft|
|[ B to A ]|
|28 min||0.2||2,670 ft||2,547 ft|
The length of the Captain Jacks Stronghold Trail is 1.0 mi (1.6 km) or 2,213 steps.
A person in good physical health can hike the Captain Jacks Stronghold Trail in 29 min in the [ A to B ] direction, and in 28 min in the [ B to A ] direction.
Download free Captain Jacks Stronghold Trail topo maps and the adjoining quads to plan your hike. These are full-sheet, 7.5 Minute (1:24,000 scale) Lava Beds National Monument topographic maps.
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