Lava Bluffs Trail

Trail in Calaveras Big Trees State Park


  • Directions

    Geolocation is not allowed
  • Distance

    2.29 miles


This moderately difficult trail will take you through diverse forest environments, across a volcanic formation, and along a historic water ditch, The park’s most colorful display of spring wildflowers occurs along this trail, as well as excellent opportunities for birdwatching.

There are many steep sections along the 2.5 mile (4 km) loop, including some with difficult footing. Starting at 4,000 feet (1,219 m), the trail ranges from 3,700 (1,127 m) to 4,200 (1,280 m) feet in elevation. Allow at least two hours.

Following the south-facing slope of the North Fork Stanislaus River Canyon, this trail has some areas with no shade and can be quite hot during the summer. Bring plenty of water, sunscreen, and insect repellant, wear supportive hiking boots and hike during the cooler part of the day or season.

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