Gillems Camp Trail

Lava Beds National Monument
Located 9.8 miles from Tulelake, California (CA)
4 Stars
694 Steps 1  (0.3 mi)

The Gillem's Camp Trail is a self guided, easy interpretive trail that passes through a historical area within the national monument; the area was used as a US Army military encampment during the Modoc war of 1872-1873. The ruins of several rock walls are the only evidence of what remains of Gillem's Camp, as well as the rectangular rock wall of the cemetery.

Gillems Camp Trail


The Gillems Camp Trail has a maximum elevation of 4,071 ft (1,241 m), a minimum elevation of 4,049 ft (1,234 m), and an elevation range of 22 ft (7 m).


[ A to B ] or [ B to A ]
Steps 1Length 2Min Ele 3Max Ele 4
6940.3 mi4,049 ft4,071 ft
[ A to B ]
Time 5Floors 6Gain 7Loss 8
8 min2.024 ft24 ft
[ B to A ]
8 min2.024 ft24 ft

What is the length of the Gillems Camp Trail?

The length of the trail is 0.3 mi (0.5 km) or 694 steps.

How long does it take to hike the Gillems Camp Trail?

A person in good physical health can hike the trail in 8 min in the [ A to B ] direction, and in 8 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 Gillems Camp 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: 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 Gillems Camp trail map?

Yes, and it's free! The Gillems Camp Trail is located on the Captain Jacks Stronghold 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.