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Captain Jack’s Stronghold Trail

Captain Jack’s Stronghold Trail

Walk in the footsteps of Captain Jack and his tribal members at Lava Beds National Monument in the Northern Sierra Cascade. The Captain Jack’s Stronghold Trail offers two short, self-guided interpretive trails that wind through the heart of the Modoc’s wartime defenses. As one of the longest continually occupied areas in North America, the history and cultural legacy of the lava beds stretches back thousands of years. Visitors are invited to explore the history early Native Americans left behind in rock art and at archeological sites, the conflict of the Modoc War, and the traditions and heritage of homesteaders, ranchers, cave explorers, “CCC boys,” and the modern Modoc and Klamath tribes.

Category: Easy

Distance: 0.7 miles

Elevation Gain: 78 feet

Route Type: Loop

Directions: From 1-5 N, take exit 747 for US-97 toward Central Weed/Klamath Falls. Turn right onto US-97 N/U.S. 99/Volcanic Legacy Scenic Byway/S Weed Blvd. After 17.2 miles, turn right onto CA-161 E. Turn right onto Hill Road in 12.8 miles, turn left Road 10. Trailhead will be on your right.

Highlights: Beautiful lava beds, historic site of the Modoc War

Photo Credit: Captain Jack’s Stronghold AllTrails (Gerard Bonfils, Yousi Zheng)


1 Indian Well Campground Trail,
Tulelake, CA 96134
(530) 667-8113


Captain Jack, Captain Jack’s Stronghold, East Siskiyou, hiking, Modoc, Modoc War, trails

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