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Big Slide Trail

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Trail that descends through the redwood forest to Aptos Creek and Aptos Creek Trail to visit Five Finger Falls.


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Map Key

1.1

Miles

1.8

KM

74%

Runnable

1,472' 449 m

High

847' 258 m

Low

14' 4 m

Up

635' 193 m

Down

11%

Avg Grade (6°)

23%

Max Grade (13°)

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Need to Know

This area has several unsigned side trails that are NOT on the park map. Be vigilante to stay on Big Slide Trail, especially at about the 0.25 mile mark.

Description

Big Slide Trail begins at the 0.2 mile mark along White's Lagoon Road, deep the the mixed redwood forest of Forest of Nisene Marks State Park. When running White's Lagoon Road from Aptos Creek Fire Road, turn right off of White's Lagoon Road at the signed trail junction with Big Slide Trail, to run Big Slide Trail. From this trail junction, Big Slide Trail descends continuously through the forest as it goes towards Aptos Creek and Aptos Creek Trail.

At about the 0.25 mile mark, there is a very obvious trail going off to the left (north-ish). This is NOT Big Slide Trail and is NOT shown on the park map. Big Slide Trail veers slightly to the right here on a less obvious trail. Watch carefully at this unsigned trail junction to stay on Big Slide Trail. After this trail junction, there are no more unmarked trail junctions along Big Slide Trail, but there are some places where the trail isn't very obvious. It appears to be lightly used, and so the tread is covered somewhat, but it's there.

Big Slide Trail ends at Aptos Creek Trail and Aptos Creek, although the creek is far below at the bottom of a rather steep hillside.

Flora & Fauna

Mixed redwood forest.

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Shared By:

Joan Pendleton

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Mixed redwood forest along White's Lagoon Road.
Feb 22, 2019 near Day Valley, CA
Mixed redwood forest along Big Slide Trail.
Feb 22, 2019 near Day Valley, CA

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