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.
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 gain of 1,161 ft (354 m) in the [ A to B ] direction.
The following chart shows the total calories that you may expend on the Cliff Nature 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 1||Length 2||Min Ele 3||Max Ele 4|
|1,100||0.5 mi||4,153 ft||4,335 ft|
|[ A to B ]|
|Time 5||Floors 6||Gain 7||Loss 8|
|14 min||0.1||1,161 ft||1,429 ft|
|[ B to A ]|
|16 min||0.1||1,429 ft||1,161 ft|
The length of the Cliff Nature Trail is 0.5 mi (0.8 km) or 1,100 steps.
A person in good physical health can hike the Cliff Nature Trail in 14 min in the [ A to B ] direction, and in 16 min in the [ B to A ] direction.
Download free Cliff Nature Trail topo maps 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?
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.
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