Big Creek Trail
ElevationAscent: 1,358' 414 m
Descent: 0' 0 m
High: 3,098' 944 m
Low: 1,740' 530 m
GradeAvg Grade: 4% (2°)
Max Grade: 9% (5°)
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“A scenic 6.5 mile trail along the beautiful Big Creek, leading to the Mt. Sterling fire tower.”— Max Willner
This is ideal for those looking for a short journey with a nice view of the falls. The trail is a steady ascent, but the grade is not terribly strenuous and is remarkably consistent. You won't have to worry about many obstacles while on trail, so take your time to appreciate your surroundings.
It's 5.1 miles from the campground to Walnut Bottom (Campsite 37), with a moderate elevation gain. At the campsite, there is ample room for tents and hammocks and there's a water source in close proximity. Multiple fire pits can be found at the campsite and there is usually a decent supply of firewood in the surrounding area.
For more information on black bears, refer to this webpage.
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