CAMP KOOTAGA 8-TRAILS MAP

7 Trails Map

The Eight Trails:

The Double Blue Trail
The White Trail
The Blue Trail
The Yellow Trail
The Green Trail
The Red Trail
The Orange Trail
The Tan Trail



The Double Blue Trail (shown on the map as light blue)
Trail Length - Approx 5 miles (or if using the alternate Red Trail, approx. 4.5 miles)
Trail Difficulty - Recomended for the hardy hiker.It is mostly flat with one very steep assent and descent
of 120 ft in elevation, and several wih tonly 10-15 feet.
Trail Description - This trail traverses the premiter of Camp Kootaga. It mainly follows the river bank and for a 
short portion along with main camp road and the access road to the C.O.P.E Course. Access to this trail can be 
achieved at many locations. But starting at the dock, the trail begins finding its way to the river. Following it 
along, you pass through the site of the former Cottonwood Campsite. After a short distance, you will climb 
a small grade. At the top on your left, you will find yourself next to the Scoutcraft area and see the Parade Field, 
swimming pool, and several other areas. After a short distance again on your left are Shawnee and Delaware 
Campsites. Then you will cross the pipleline right-of-way with quick access to many other campsites. Moving 
along, the trail will bend to the left and continue to follow the river bank. Eventually you will pass Iroquios 
Campsite on your upper left and then either cross the bridge or follow the trail around the creek where at 
this point you can make a decision. The Red trailhead is here and serves as at least a half mile shortcut across 
the hill, ascending to the cemetary and water tower and descending to the river on the other side of camp 
where it again joins the Double-Blue Trail. This trail is an alternate and much easier way to cross the hill which 
is on your left. You must cross this hill at some point. It is not such a steep grade as following the Double-Blue 
Trail will be. However, if you continue following the Double-Blue, you will continue following the river and 
eventually get near the dam. This is where the trail turns shaply left away from the river and goes straight  up 
"cardiac hill" with a very steep climb of about 120 ft in elevation. At the top is the camp road where you turn 
right and follow this for a short distance until you see on your left the 1997 clear-cut area. Turn left here keeping 
the clear-cut on your right and you will veer off to the left through a wooded area and then to the pipeline 
right-of-way. Follow this to the top of the hill. Turn right into the wooded area, and this will take you in an 
area called "The Kootaga Heights" where nice views of the river can be seen below on your right. You will 
now descend steeply to the river bank and cross the bridge or follow the trail around the creek where the 
other Red trailhead appears on the left.Continue following the river bank and you will come to "Sentinel 
Rock." It is at this point where the Green Trail joins with the Double-Blue trail following the river bank. The 
Green also turns left and ascends up to Wind Caves. Continuing along the river, the Double-Blue trail comes 
upon a huge boulder called "The Cube", for its unusual shape. Shortly after this the Green Trail will end and 
the Double-Blue will join with the White Trail.  The White Trail also goes the other way with the Blue Trail 
up to Wind Caves. Our trail now joins with the White trail going the other direction along the C.O.P.E 
access road. Continue following this and it will eventually lead to the camp parking lot. Numerous buildings 
now will be on your rigfht. Continue following what is now the camp road again, until you arrive back at your 
start at the dock area.

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The White Trail (shown on the map as pink)
Trail Length - Approx 1 1/2 miles
Trail Difficulty - Fairly graded with one gradual ascent

Trail Description - The White trailhead begins at the Lions cabin area and ends at the end of the Wind Caves 
area. Starting at the Lions cabin area, the White Trail follows along the C.O.P.E. access road with occasional 
views of the Hughes River. At the end of the access road, it turns right and joins the Blue Trail. Together they 
gently ascend the ridge to the rim of Wind Caves. They follow the entire rim where the White ends at the four-
trial junction, and the Blue continues on.

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The Blue Trail (shown on the map as dark blue)
Trail Length - Approx 1 1/4 miles
Trail Difficulty - Fairly graded with one gradual ascent and descent
Trail Description - The Blue trailhead begins across the road from the Trading Post and ends at the end of the 
C.O.P.E access road. From the Trading Post, it passes the Nature Center Area, which is on the left, then turns 
sharply left. It immediately cuts back to the right and ascends the ridge. It snakes its way along until it 
reaches the crest of the ridge. The Orange trailhead is on the left at this point. The Blue Trail turns sharply 
to the right and follows along the ridge top, where it is joined by the Yellow Trail. The Blue and Yellow 
Trails turn to the left and continue along the ridge top until they arive at a four-trail junction. At this point, 
the Blue, Yellow, White and Green trails intesect or begin. The Yellow now branches off to the left, and 
the Blue is joined by the White. Together they traverse the rim of Wind Caves and afford excellent views 
of the Hughes River, a field and a ridge beyond. Be careful here, as the rim is above the base of the caves 
up to 40 feet in places. The Blue Trail, along with the White, then slowly descends to its end at the 
Double-Blue Trail and the Green trailhead. The White continues on along the C.O.P.E. access road.

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The Yellow Trail
Trail Length - Approx 1 mile
Trail Difficulty - Fairly graded with one gradual ascent and descent
Trail Description - The Yellow trailhead begins at the water tower and ends at the C.O.P.E.access 
road, near the middle of the C.O.P.E. course. Starting at the water tower, the Yellow Trail snakes 
its way gently upward, crossing the pipeline right-of-way and ascends the ridge to its top. At one 
point, the Blue Trail joins from the left and travels with the Yellow Trail along the ridge top. 
Together, they arrive at a four-trail junciton. At this point the Yellow, Blue, White and Green 
trails intersect or begin. Wind Caves begin here. The Yellow turns left and slowly descends 
the ridge to the C.O.P.E access road near the middle of C.O.P.E.

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The Green Trail
Trail Length - Approx 3/4 mile
Trail Difficulty - Tough up hill grade on rocky terrain
Trail Description - The Green trailhead begins at the turn-around of the C.O.P.E.
access road and ends at the top of the Wind Caves region. Starting at the end of the road, the Green
Trail is joined with the Double-Blue Trail. Together they meander towards and pass on your right an 
unusual shaped large boulder appropriately named "The Cube." Further down the trail the river is
followed. Shortly you will come to another large boulder on your right called "Sentinel Rock". Within
a few yards of here the Green Trail branches to the right and up the ridge towards the Wind Caves
region as the Double-Blue continues following the river. When arriving at Wind Caves you can take
the alternate Green Trail to the left and go gently up the ridge to the rim of the caves or you may go 
to the right and get ready for some fun going in and out of several small caves and unusual rock for-
mations. The Green will slowly traverse this very rocky terrain and gradually work its way up to the 
rim of the caves where it ends at the White and Blue Trails.

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The Red Trail
Trail Length - Approx 3/4 miles
Trail Difficulty - Steep grades for short distances in places
Trail Description - The Red trailhead begins behind and below Irquois Camp
Site on the river bank off the Double-Blue Trail and ends at Big Bend in the river on the other
side of camp. Starting from neat the campsite, the Red Trail starts to the left and up the ridge
twisting along with a few steep grades and crossing a depression. It arrives at the top of the ridge
where the camp road crosses its path. At this point is the Cain Cemetary, water tower and 
access to the Yellow trailhead. Continuing across the road, the Red will turn left and up the 
pipeline right-of-way for just a few feet before turning right back into the woods. It then begins
its descent snaking around and crossing seveal more depressions before arriving at the Big
Bend of the river and rejoining the Double-Blue.

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The Orange Trail
Trail Length - Approx 1/2 mile
Trail Difficulty - For the hardy hiker, with one very long steep grade.
Trail Description - The Orange trailhead begins at the parking lot area and
ends on the ridge top at the Blue Trail. From the parking lot, the Orange Trail ascends very
quickly adn steeply over 160 feet elevation. Once on top occasional commanding views can
be seen. At the Orange Trail end, the Blue Trail enters in from the right and continues on 
straight ahead from the Orange.

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The Tan Trail
Trail Length - Approx 1/2 mile
Trail Difficulty - Easy with one small incline
Trail Description - The Tan trailhead begins across the road from the Staff 
Campsite and ends at the Dining Hall. Starting from neat the Staff Camp, the Tan Trail follows
the vehicle entrance road to the Subpark Campsite. It turns left just before the kybo and follows
the dirt road that goes in behind Subpark. Continuing along this road it goes behind Beechwood
Campsite just before it cuts left and goes up the hill. After this short climb, it turns right and enters
the Chapel area. At this poing the Tan turns left and goes down to the camp road. The trail 
crosses it and goes through a wooded area for a short distance before arriving at the Dinning Hall.

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