Big Canyon Trail
ElevationAscent: 474' 145 m
Descent: -5' -2 m
High: 6,998' 2,133 m
Low: 6,528' 1,990 m
GradeAvg Grade: 5% (3°)
Max Grade: 8% (5°)
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“Rolling singletrack packed dirt broken up by sections of rocks and trees throughout.”— Patrick Yarbrough
Accessed in two main ways there isnt really a direct way to run only Big Canyon Trail unless you run up from the trailhead at the car dealership and then turn about face to come back (not recommended as most people only come down this trail). Big Canyon is better done as part of a loop either via Telegraph to Sidewinder to Cowboy to Big Canyon Trail or from the other side of the mountain (out by the hospital) from Three Springs Trailhead to Grandview Ridge to Big Canyon.
Parking for the Telegraph route is at the Horse Gulch Trail. This is the most common way of access. Parking for the Three Springs route is either at the hospital, the Three Springs Business district (free parking), or street parking by the apartments above the hospital. The Three Springs route provides easier access with much less of a climb. If you use Three Springs access run up to the water tower above the hospital which connects with the Horse Gulch system via the Grandview Ridge. Grandview Ridge then connects to Big Canyon.
Big Canyon Trail is not technical at all, just an easy smooth and steady decent. When done from Telegraph Trail, Big Canyon provides a nice payoff decent after the uphill grind Telegraph puts you through. When done from Three Springs you almost feel like you cheated because you get the amazing decent without as much of a climb. To cheat even further shuttle with a friend parking one car at the car dealership and then head back to either the Horse Gulch or Three Springs. If you dont shuttle you can run either trails or pavement back to your starting point.
Big Canyon is a must-do trail if you find yourself in the Horse Gulch trail system.
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