Big Slide Trail
ElevationAscent: 14' 4 m
Descent: -635' -193 m
High: 1,472' 449 m
Low: 847' 258 m
GradeAvg Grade: 11% (6°)
Max Grade: 23% (13°)
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“Trail that descends through the redwood forest to Aptos Creek and Aptos Creek Trail to visit Five Finger Falls.”— Joan Pendleton
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.
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Land Manager: California State Parks - Santa Cruz District