ElevationAscent: 1,246' 380 m
Descent: -238' -73 m
High: 1,166' 355 m
Low: 155' 47 m
GradeAvg Grade: 9% (5°)
Max Grade: 20% (12°)
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“Trek through ferny, mossy forest on the way to an isolated waterfall.”— Megan W
This has been hidden from our maps to prevent overlap with existing trails, or because our research has found there is no legal access.
Begin the ascent, keeping an eye out for shade-loving wildflowers tucked among majestic old trees. In a little less than a mile, cross a bridge and take the short out-and-back to Stairstep Falls Trail for a visit to these three pretty drops. The 35 foot falls are at their best in the wetter, winter months.
Regain Bill's Trail and climb moderately up switchback after switchback. The grade is so steady it is hardly taxing. Cross numerous bridges and travel across grassy knolls followed in turn by wooded areas. Finally pop out of the trees to stand on the exposed ridge line of Barnabe Peak at the junction with Barnabe Fire Road. If you've made it this far, it would be a shame not to take in the stupendous views from Barnabe Peak, so it is recommended that you jump on Barnabe Fire Road for the worthwhile out-and-back to Barnabe Peak's summit.
Note: bikes and horses are not allowed on this trail.
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