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Big Creek Upper Loop Trail - No. 827

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Olympic National Forest - Hood Canal Ranger District
295142 Highway 101 S.
Quilcene, WA 98376

Phone:
360-765-2200
Basics
Length:
4.3 miles
Trailhead Elevation:
980 feet

Description

Trail No. 827.1 makesa four mile loop around Big Creek Basin. Toaccess the trail, start at the picnic shelter, crossthe lower Big Creek Bridge and then turn left.The trail proceeds in a northerly direction for 1.7miles to a bridge across Branch Creek. Near thispoint a side loop trail goes to the confluence ofBig and Branch Creeks. From Branch Creek,trail No. 827.2 connects the Loop trail to the LowerMt. Ellinor trail in 1.3 miles. The Loop trail runsnortheasterly 400 to the Big Creek Bridge thencontinues, crossing several creeks, until thecampground is reentered at 4.0 miles. Eachcreek crossing and confluence are excellentplaces to enjoy lunch (benches provided) inbeautiful surroundings.

Facilities available at the campground, near the trailhead, include toilets,potable water, picnic shelter and campsites withfire rings and tables. When day-hiking, park atthe trailhead parking lot. A camping fee ischarged to park in one of the camping spurs.

This trail passes through maturesecond growth and affords the hiker an excellentwalk in the forest. Big-leaf maple, vine maple,western hemlock (Washington State tree), redalder, western red cedar, and Douglas-fir arecommon trees seen along the trail.

Day hiking, jogging,picnicking, nature walk, wildlife observation,and bird watching. Via trails No. 827.1, No. 827.2, and No. 812, a hiker can trace the historic climbingroute from Big Creek Campgound to the summitof Mt. Ellinor, total 6.2 miles.

Bicycles, motorized vehicles andhorses are prohibited on the trail

Details

Length:
4.3 miles
Trailhead Elevation:
980

Map + Directions

Basic Directions

Travel US Highway 101 to Hoodsport and turn onto State Route 119. Drive 9 miles to the junction with FS Road #24. Turn left and travel 150 feet. The entrance to Big Creek Campground is on the right. The trailhead is 400 feet inside the campground next to the picnic shelter.


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