Location: Tulelake, CA
Length: 1.8 miles
Features: Kid Friendly, Hiking, Nature Trips, Walking, Views, Wildlife, Dogs
About the Symbol Bridge And Big Painted Cave Trail
Symbol Bridge And Big Painted Cave is located near Tulelake, California, and is a 2.9-kilometer out and back trail. It features amazing wildlife and is applicable for all hiking skill levels. The trail is commonly visited for hiking, walking, and nature trips.
Trails In The Lava Beds National Monument
Doing a quick drive from the visitor center to the Skull Cave will take you to the Symbol Bridge trail. The trail is relatively easy but some areas have uneven rocky surfaces. The path parallels the rim of the collapsed lava tube to the Big Painted Cave—with a dense layer of ice on the ground inside the cave—the temperature inside is cold, allowing a pleasant break from the heat outside. The maximum elevation of the trail is 4,701 ft., the minimum elevation is 4,564 ft. and the elevation range is 137 ft.
Top 3 Adventure Hacks
1) Review Your Gear List
Check your gear list before heading out to the location. This is to ensure that you have everything you need such as water, rain gear, map, compass, extra clothes, and extra food.
2) Hike at Day Time
As much as possible, plan to hike during the day. Aside from getting lost in the dark, you will also be able to avoid encountering wild animals that come out only at night time.
3) Know The Area
It is always exciting to explore new locations. However, always make it a habit to know where you’re hiking before starting your journey. You can find sources of information online to learn more about a specific location.