Hike to Boyd Cave

Rate this Adventure Oregon Boyd Cave

Added by Richard Bacon

Unique lava tube hikeFun outing on rainy days, with easy accessCreepy but exciting hike1.1 miles out-and-back90 foot elevation gainClose proximity to various hikes/outings near Bend

Located 20 miles southeast of Bend, Boyd Cave is a well preserved lava tube stretching close to a mile. To get there, take Highway 97 South through Bend and turn left on China Hat Road. Go straight for exactly 9 miles. Turn left at mile 9 onto the trail at FS242. You will know it has been 9 miles if you see a cattle guard and the road becomes unpaved just a few feet ahead. The small park sign will say 0.5 miles to Boyd Cave, continue on till a round about and look for the stair case.

Once in the cave, make sure you have headlamps or flashlights (headlamps are suggested to keep your hands free to scale small rock sections). The trail is flat the whole way, but you will have to climb over several sections of rocks and encounter one 8-10 foot section that requires army-crawling on the ground to get through. While the trail maintains ceilings tall enough to walk through 80% of the hike, you will have to crouch through several sections. If you are claustrophobic, I would not recommend this excursion.

After a mile or a little less, you will come to the end. There is a small space small enough to crawl through at this point, which may lead you to believe there is more to explore, but beyond it is a closed section.

Because of the nature of the hike, a backup light source is strongly suggested. If your primary source of light happens to go out, the pitch black can be disorienting and create a tough time getting back to the entrance. The caves are open year round, but it if you choose to go in winter, there are two points to consider: it can get very cold underground, so warm clothing is essential. Also, if bats are hibernating, waking them can cause them to lose their body fat they are storing for the winter and not let them survive until spring. It also could be a terrifying experience.

Happy cave exploring!

Pack List

  • Headlamps/flashlights
  • Warm clothing
  • Hiking shoes
  • Water
  • Friends (hiking this alone would be quite creepy)
  • Camera
Read More

Please respect the places you find on The Outbound.

Always practice Leave No Trace ethics on your adventures. Be aware of local regulations and don't damage these amazing places for the sake of a photograph. Learn More

Share

Activities:

Hiking, Photography

Skill Level:

Intermediate

Season:

Year Round

Features:

Easy Parking
Food Nearby
Scenic

Are we missing something?

Suggest an edit

How to Get There

over 1 year ago

It's way shorter than 2 miles. Probably shorter than a mile. It's probably good for kids since it's short and not too rocky.

over 1 year ago

More Adventures Nearby

Snowshoe or XC Ski to Tumalo Falls

Oregon / Tumalo Falls

If you are looking to Hike to Tumalo Falls in any season other than winter, click here!In the summer, Tumalo Falls can be a great destination to drive up and hang out due to the fact that you can par.

Austin Jackson
3 Saves

Raft the Wild and Scenic Clackamas River

Oregon / Clackamas River (NF-4620)

The Wild and Scenic Clackamas River above the North Fork Reservoir is a great destination for paddlers and only about an hour drive from downtown Portland. This popular 13.

John Sunich
4 Saves

Snowshoe Tom, Dick, and Harry

Oregon / Skibowl

Your day of adventure will start at the Skibowl West parking lot. Unfortunately, due to snowplowing, the roadside parking to the Mirror Lake trailhead is covered in snow.

Austin Jackson
18 Saves