Bunchgrass Trail

Lava Beds National Monument
Located 16.3 miles from Tulelake, California (CA)
4 Stars
2,317 Steps 1  (1.1 mi)

The trailhead to the Bunchgrass Trail is located in the B Loop Campground near campsite B-7; this trail will lead to the northeastern side of Crescent Butte, a large 30,000 to 40,000 year old cinder cone. Halfway along the trail is the connector trail to the Missing Link Trail. The path is worn and quite rocky at places, please tread carefully.

Bunchgrass Trail


The Bunchgrass Trail has a maximum elevation of 4,840 ft (1,475 m), a minimum elevation of 4,637 ft (1,413 m), and an elevation range of 203 ft (62 m).


[ A to B ] or [ B to A ]
Steps 1Length 2Min Ele 3Max Ele 4
2,3171.1 mi4,637 ft4,840 ft
[ A to B ]
Time 5Floors 6Gain 7Loss 8
24 min2.024 ft199 ft
[ B to A ]
27 min16.6199 ft24 ft

What is the length of the Bunchgrass Trail?

The length of the trail is 1.1 mi (1.7 km) or 2,317 steps.

How long does it take to hike the Bunchgrass Trail?

A person in good physical health can hike the trail in 24 min in the [ A to B ] direction, and in 27 min in the [ B to A ] direction.


The following chart shows the total calories that you may expend on the 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.

Topo Maps

Download the free Bunchgrass Trail topo map 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. Do you want full-sheet outdoor recreation JPEG Topo Maps?

Adjoining 7.5' Quadrangle Legend

  1. Northwest Topo Map: Mount Dome, CA
  2. North Topo Map: Captain Jacks Stronghold, CA
  3. Northeast Topo Map: The Panhandle, CA
  4. West Topo Map: Bonita Butte, CA
  5. Topo Map: Schonchin Butte, CA
  6. East Topo Map: Caldwell Butte, CA
  7. Southwest Topo Map: Little Glass Mountain, CA
  8. South Topo Map: Medicine Lake, CA
  9. Southeast Topo Map: West of Kephart, CA

Is there a Bunchgrass trail map?

Yes, and it's free! The Bunchgrass Trail is located on the Schonchin Butte topo map. Use the adjoining quadrangle legend to download the map.



  1. Steps is a unit of distance equal to the sum of stride lengths that vary with the terrain.
  2. Length is the distance of the trail between the two trailheads, measured on the trail.
  3. Min Ele is the minimum elevation on the trail.
  4. Max Ele is the maximum elevation on the trail.
  5. Time is the typical total time required to hike the trail.
  6. Floors is the gain divided by twelve, the height of one floor.
  7. Gain (cumulative elevation gain) is the sum of every gain in elevation.
  8. Loss (cumulative elevation loss) is the sum of every loss in elevation.