Thomas-Wright Battlefield Trail

Lava Beds National Monument
Located 13.1 miles from Tulelake, California (CA)
4 Stars
2,437 Steps 1  (1.1 mi)

The Thomas-Wright Battlefield Trail is an easy interpretive trail that leads to a viewpoint where the Modoc Indians won a victory over the US Army during the Modoc War of 1872-1873. The trail passes through brush and wildflowers. The summer months can be very hot and there are no water facilities available on this trail; water is freely available at the campgrounds. The Black Crater Trail is also accessed from this trail.

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The Thomas-Wright Battlefield Trail has a maximum elevation of 4,434 ft (1,351 m), a minimum elevation of 4,343 ft (1,324 m), and an elevation range of 91 ft (28 m).


[ A to B ] or [ B to A ]
Steps 1Length 2Min Ele 3Max Ele 4
2,4371.1 mi4,343 ft4,434 ft
[ A to B ]
Time 5Floors 6Gain 7Loss 8
27 min2.226 ft97 ft
[ B to A ]
27 min8.197 ft26 ft

What is the length of the Thomas-Wright Battlefield Trail?

The length of the trail is 1.1 mi (1.8 km) or 2,437 steps.

How long does it take to hike the Thomas-Wright Battlefield Trail?

A person in good physical health can hike the trail in 27 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 Thomas-Wright Battlefield 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 Thomas-Wright Battlefield trail map?

Yes, and it's free! The Thomas-Wright Battlefield 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.