Gillem Bluff Historic Trail
On the border of the Modoc National Forest and Lava Beds National Monument is the Gillem Bluff, a low elevation ridge sitting between 4400 feet and 4600 feet in elevation. There are no trails on this part of the Forest leaving Gillem Bluff to be considered a cross-country walk. Lava caves and Captain Jack’s Stronghold can be visited at the Monument. Through the Forest you can take trips to Glass Mountain and Burnt Lava Flow Geologic Areas, and Medicine Lake Highlands.
Distance: 1.5 miles
Elevation Gain: 393 feet
Route Type: Out & Back
Directions: From 1-5 N, take exit 747 for US-97 toward Central Weed/Klamath Falls. Continue on US-97 N/Volcanic Legacy Scenic Byway. Turn right onto CA-161 E after 17.2 miles, then turn right onto Hill Rd. Turn right onto Rd 10/Hill Rd/Volcanic Legacy Scenic Byway. In .3 miles, turn right onto Gillems Camp Parking Loop. The trailhead will be on the right.
Highlights: Impressive lava caves, good for all hiking levels
Photo Credit: Gillem Bluff Historic Trail AllTrails (Jason Wallace)