Gillem Bluff Trail
Lava Beds National Monument

Located 10.3 miles from Tulelake, California (CA)

4 Stars
1,613 Steps 1  (0.7 mi)

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.

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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 1Length 2Min Ele 3Max Ele 4
1,6130.7 mi4,046 ft4,466 ft
[ A to B ]
Time 5Floors 6Gain 7Loss 8
25 min0.12,859 ft825 ft
[ B to A ]
16 min0.0825 ft2,859 ft

What is the length of the Gillem Bluff Trail?

The length of the Gillem Bluff Trail is 0.7 mi (1.2 km) or 1,613 steps.

How long does it take to hike the Gillem Bluff Trail?

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.

Gillem Bluff Trail Topo Maps

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. Do you want full-sheet outdoor recreation JPEG Topo Maps?

Adjoining 7.5' Quadrangle Legend

  1. Northwest Topo Map: Lower Klamath Lake, CA
  2. North Topo Map: Hatfield, CA
  3. Northeast Topo Map: Tulelake, CA
  4. West Topo Map: Mount Dome, CA
  5. Topo Map: Captain Jacks Stronghold, CA
  6. East Topo Map: The Panhandle, CA
  7. Southwest Topo Map: Bonita Butte, CA
  8. South Topo Map: Schonchin Butte, CA
  9. Southeast Topo Map: Caldwell Butte, CA

Is there a Gillem Bluff Trail map?

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.

Local Weather Forecast

Check the weather forecast; this weather forecast covers the Gillem Bluff Trail in Lava Beds National Monument, provided by the National Weather Service. (

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  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 sum of distance on the trail where angles to the horizontal is between 30 and 50 degrees (the angle of a stairway) divided by ten, 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.

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