The Gillem Buff Trail is a moderately strenuous trail that starts fairly level, but climbs steeply to the top of the rounded cliff of the bluff. The trail is well maintained but can be quite rocky at places. Views of the park's geological features from the viewpoint are impressive and worth the steep hike. The lava flow surrounding Gillem Bluff is also the park's oldest geological feature; the lava flow is estimated to be two million years old.
The Gillem Bluff Trail has a maximum elevation of 4,466 ft (1,361 m), a minimum elevation of 4,046 ft (1,233 m), and an elevation gain of 2,859 ft (871 m) in the [ A to B ] direction.
The following chart shows the total calories that you may expend on the Gillem Bluff 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|
|1,613||0.7 mi||4,046 ft||4,466 ft|
|[ A to B ]|
|Time 5||Floors 6||Gain 7||Loss 8|
|25 min||0.1||2,859 ft||825 ft|
|[ B to A ]|
|16 min||0.0||825 ft||2,859 ft|
The length of the Gillem Bluff Trail is 0.7 mi (1.2 km) or 1,613 steps.
A person in good physical health can hike the Gillem Bluff Trail in 25 min in the [ A to B ] direction, and in 16 min in the [ B to A ] direction.
Download free Gillem Bluff 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.
Yes, and it's free! The Gillem Bluff Trail is located on the Captain Jacks Stronghold topo map. Use the adjoining quadrangle legend to download the map.
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