Hospital Rock Trail
ElevationAscent: 23' 7 m
Descent: -9' -3 m
High: 4,093' 1,247 m
Low: 4,070' 1,241 m
GradeAvg Grade: 4% (2°)
Max Grade: 11% (6°)
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“A short trail to Hospital Rock, where U.S. army soldiers camped during the Modoc Indian War.”— QuinTCM TCM
Hospital Rock was the location of a camp and crude field hospital that was used by a small contingent of U.S. Army soldiers during the Modoc Indian War. The soldiers used this location and nearby Gillem Bluff to launch attacks on Modoc warriors holed up in Captian Jack's Stronghold. Lieutenant William Sherwood died at Hospital Rock after being mortally wounded during an attack. His possessions can be seen in the small museum at the park visitor center.
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Land Manager: U.S. National Park Service - Lava Beds National Monument