“This is a forest trail to a unique cave, beautiful gorge, and naturally sculpted limestone walls.
— Charles Pulse
Cave · River/Creek · Views
The trail is easily reached and well marked. Although this is a loop trail, both ends of the trail are accessed from the Lake View Trail
trailhead which is located just southwest of the parking area for the picnic/camping facilities of the park.
After a short distance on the Lake View Trail
, the intersection of the Hazard Cave Trail is reached. It peels off to the left and continues through a hard wood and pine forest that is filled with rhododendrons. The trail is a gradual uphill for the first .5 miles. At that point a set of concrete steps brings the trail to the foot of a limestone bluff. Here, erosion of the bluff wall has created a unique and beautiful geological attraction. Here also, the trail becomes a man-made wooden walkway which is there to protect a growth of delicate and endangered Cumberland sandwort. Please stay on the walkway.
Hazard Cave is reached at the .8 mile mark. This is a great place to have a snack or drink of water while admiring the interesting patterns in the ceiling of the cave. From the cave, the trail goes downhill to a beautiful tight gorge with a stream flowing through on its way to Thompson Creek. The trail then emerges to intersect with the Ridge Trail
. A right turn on the Ridge Trail
leads to the Lake View Trail
where another right leads back to parking area for the picnic/camping facilities.
The Hazard Cave Trail connects to the Natural Bridge Trail
, the Lake View Trail
, and the Lake Trail
. By combining the four trails, a loop of about 5 miles is created. This combined route wanders by a variety of sights, including a natural bridge, beautiful Hazard Cave, many marvelous limestone wall formations, creeks, canyons and finally Arch Lake. If you would like a good 5 mile route with a variety of views, sights and solitude, this trail is recommended.
Flora & Fauna
You will find rhododendrons, pine tree, various hardwood trees, and Cumberland sandwort.