Cliff Nature Trail

Oregon Caves National Monument
Located 13.1 miles from Cave Junction, Oregon (OR)
4 Stars
1,100 Steps 1  (0.5 mi)

There are two trailheads for the Cliff Nature Trail; one trailhead is located at the visitor center. The second trailhead is accessed via the parking lot behind the Chateau. Both trails ultimately connect after a short distance. The Cliff Nature Trail is the most popular trail within the park. A visit to the Chateau is a must; the rustic hotel was built during 1934 and has a restaurant, a 1930's style coffee shop and a gift shop.

Cliff Nature Trail


The Cliff Nature Trail has a maximum elevation of 4,335 ft (1,321 m), a minimum elevation of 4,153 ft (1,266 m), and an elevation range of 182 ft (55 m).


[ A to B ] or [ B to A ]
Steps 1Length 2Min Ele 3Max Ele 4
1,1000.5 mi4,153 ft4,335 ft
[ A to B ]
Time 5Floors 6Gain 7Loss 8
14 min9.7116 ft143 ft
[ B to A ]
16 min11.9143 ft116 ft

What is the length of the Cliff Nature Trail?

The length of the trail is 0.5 mi (0.8 km) or 1,100 steps.

How long does it take to hike the Cliff Nature Trail?

A person in good physical health can hike the trail in 14 min in the [ A to B ] direction, and in 16 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 Cliff Nature Trail topo map and the adjoining quads to plan your hike. These are full-sheet, 7.5 Minute (1:24,000 scale) Oregon Caves National Monument topographic maps. Do you want full-sheet outdoor recreation JPEG Topo Maps?

Adjoining 7.5' Quadrangle Legend

  1. Northwest Topo Map: Holland, OR
  2. North Topo Map: Kerby Peak, OR
  3. Northeast Topo Map: Williams, OR
  4. West Topo Map: Takilma, OR
  5. Topo Map: Oregon Caves, OR
  6. East Topo Map: Grayback Mountain, OR
  7. Southwest Topo Map: Polar Bear Mountain, CA
  8. South Topo Map: Deadman Point, OR
  9. Southeast Topo Map: Figurehead Mountain, CA

Is there a Cliff Nature trail map?

Yes, and it's free! The Cliff Nature Trail is located on the Oregon Caves 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.