The Missing Link Trail is a connector trail located halfway into the Bunchgrass Trail. Before entering the caves within Lava Beds National Monument, a free screening pass for the deadly bat disease White-Nose Syndrome must first be obtained from the Visitor Center or Fee Booth.
The Missing Link Trail has a maximum elevation of 4,637 ft (1,413 m), a minimum elevation of 4,570 ft (1,393 m), and an elevation gain of 2,006 ft (612 m) in the [ A to B ] direction.
The following chart shows the total calories that you may expend on the Missing Link 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|
|1,518||0.7 mi||4,570 ft||4,637 ft|
|[ A to B ]|
|Time 5||Floors 6||Gain 7||Loss 8|
|17 min||0.0||2,006 ft||1,666 ft|
|[ B to A ]|
|16 min||0.0||1,666 ft||2,006 ft|
The length of the Missing Link Trail is 0.7 mi (1.1 km) or 1,518 steps.
A person in good physical health can hike the Missing Link Trail in 17 min in the [ A to B ] direction, and in 16 min in the [ B to A ] direction.
Download free Missing Link 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 Missing Link Trail is located on the Schonchin Butte topo map. Use the adjoining quadrangle legend to download the map.
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