The Big Tree Loop Trail is a steep hike with several switchbacks; the trail is mostly shaded with Douglas Firs, Big Leaf Maple, Canyon Oak and Tan Oak. This is a good trail for a family that wants to experience nature for a fun day out. The trail crosses Panther Creek and depending on the time of year there is an abundance of wildflowers throughout the hike. The trail is named after the largest Douglas Fir tree in Oregon; the tree is 13ft in diameter.
The length of the Big Tree Loop Trail in Oregon Caves National Monument is 3.3 miles and requires around 1.9 hours to hike one-way. The trail has a maximum elevation of 5,092 feet, a cumulative elevation gain of 1.5 miles and a cumulative elevation loss of 1.8 miles.
The following chart shows the total calories that you can expend on the Big Tree Loop Trail while hiking (round-trip) at a typical speed and is based on gross weight (which includes anything carried), the topography, trail length and trail conditions.
Oregon Caves Topo Map: Download the free Big Tree Loop Trail topo map and the adjoining quads to plan your hike. These are full-sheet, 7.5 Minute (1:24,000 scale) Oregon Caves National Monument topographic maps.
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