Petroglyph Bluff Trail

Lava Beds National Monument
Located 8.7 miles from Tulelake, California (CA)
4 Stars
473 Steps 1  (0.2 mi)

The Petroglyph Bluff Trail parking lot is located 500 feet north-east of Petroglyph Point, where one of the largest collections of petroglyphs in California is located. The Petroglyph Bluff Trail is a steep trail that climbs continuously up Kamookumpts hill to a viewpoint of the Tule Lake Basin and the Modoc landscape.

Petroglyph Bluff TrailPetroglyph PointPetroglyph Bluff Trailhead


The Petroglyph Bluff Trail has a maximum elevation of 4,265 ft (1,300 m), a minimum elevation of 4,025 ft (1,227 m), and an elevation range of 240 ft (73 m).


[ A to B ] or [ B to A ]
Steps 1Length 2Min Ele 3Max Ele 4
4730.2 mi4,025 ft4,265 ft
[ A to B ]
Time 5Floors 6Gain 7Loss 8
10 min20.0240 ft0 ft
[ B to A ]
5 min0.00 ft240 ft

What is the length of the Petroglyph Bluff Trail?

The length of the trail is 0.2 mi (0.3 km) or 473 steps.

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

A person in good physical health can hike the trail in 10 min in the [ A to B ] direction, and in 5 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 Petroglyph Bluff 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: Hatfield, CA
  2. North Topo Map: Tulelake, CA
  3. Northeast Topo Map: Newell, CA
  4. West Topo Map: Captain Jacks Stronghold, CA
  5. Topo Map: The Panhandle, CA
  6. East Topo Map: Copic, CA
  7. Southwest Topo Map: Schonchin Butte, CA
  8. South Topo Map: Caldwell Butte, CA
  9. Southeast Topo Map: Perez, CA

Is there a Petroglyph Bluff trail map?

Yes, and it's free! The Petroglyph Bluff Trail is located on the The Panhandle 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.