Big Tree Loop (Oregon Caves Natl. Monument)

Rating (Out of 5): 3.5

Location: Near Cave Junction, Ore.

Distance: 3.5 miles round-trip

Difficulty: moderate

Camping: No

Quick hit: The Oregon Caves National Monument is famous for what’s below the ground, but there’s also a few hikes for those who want to remain surface-dwellers. This nice loops traverses a pine forest and leads to the widestDouglas fir tree known to exist in Oregon — hence the loop’s name.

The trail gains 1,100 feet, but isn’t really tough. It begins at the archway behind the Visitors Center and entrance to the caves. Although the trail combines a few different trails to complete the loop, they are well-marked and it’s not too difficult to follow.

Directions: Click here for a map to the Oregon Caves National Monument.

For more info: http://www.nps.gov/orca/planyourvisit/bigtree.htm

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