( you name it, this park has them all waiting for you). McWay Falls is “that” waterfall in Big Sur that everyone has seen and many have photographed. Big Falls Trail - A Resource for exploring the Northern and Southern Los Padres National Forest. I recommend this place for a nice fun adventure with family and if you love nature! After three miles, come to a large bridge spanning roaring Marten Creek. Big Falls Trail is a 4.4 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Arroyo Grande, California that features a waterfall and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching and is accessible year-round. It was on my “must-see” list for years, but I just hadn’t timed my drive right… until this year. The trail itself is not very difficult, but the rocks on the stream crossings can be pretty slippery. Big Falls to south of Littlefork Note: This trail is closed due to the El Dorado Fire. So not bad with trekking poles or a walking stick to move them over. Whale Watching. At first hard to follow where the trail starts and ends. The trail reaches the rocky, shallow pools below Big Laurel Falls at just over half a mile. Went last week and the river full. About 1 1/2 mile in will be a sign to Cat Tail Falls trail. In 2002, Mendocino Land Trust completed the purchase and transfer of 7,334 acres near Big River to California State Parks. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is best used from April until October. We did the whole loop. Trail contacts The start of the trail to Funkley MN DNR Parks & Trails/Bemidji: 218-308-2367 Funkley to Big Falls Northome Ridge Runners/Jack White: 218-897-5764 Note: At Big Falls, near the Bigfork River, the trail is closed from Highway 6 to County Road 31. Along the trail, Taylor River rushes past you, and craggy Garfield Peak plays hide-and-seek through the trees. Super fun trail, we brought our 16 month old daughter so the hike wasn’t too bad! Please DO NOT park in undesignated spots as you are likely to get towed. Big Falls trailhead will be the first main parking lot on the left, immediately before the picnic area. definetly go early unless getting a day use spot and staying the day. Most people go the easy way from upper Lopez Rd. A 1.5-mile trail, with a pretty waterfall and pool. My kids did the hike 3 years ago when they were 5 years old and 8 years old but I think little ones would have a harder time. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash. The sign at the start of the trail sums it up well - Safe views of Big Bradley Falls are not available. The store is called Elkhorn General Store just about 5 mins from the lot. Great trail! Once you get to Big Falls trailhead, the 4.4 mile hike to the Big waterfall & back is relatively easy/a little steep/some on side of cliff. I have a Toyota Tacoma and it made it with no problem! With more than 22 Big Falls trails covering 434 miles, you’re bound to find a perfect trail like the Schrader Connection or Fox River State Trail. The Gifford Pinchot National Forest has closed this trail following extensive damage caused by fallen trees during the winter of 2012/2013. There was a sign indicating caution. W/4wd (a must) we crossed 6 dry crossings & 16 river crossings total. The trail is well maintained and lined with wildflowers. Many of the trees are extremely large, but are infected or very likely to be infected with laminate root rot. Cross Big Creek, stepping across on stones, and begin the easy climb toward the falls. ( Back and forth many times to the creek was fun). Near a creek crossing, the forest opens up, offering hikers a glimpse of a spire of Treen Peak. The overall drop from top to bottom is around 500 feet. ( they made my ears, eyes, and my heart, didn’t want to go home). A lot of bugs bring bug spray! The falls are just magnificent. ( enjoying epic panoramic view of the mountains). Notice the big log which has been placed horizontally across the path to discourage weekend ramblers. It’s basically a walk to the falls. This place was so beautiful!. I did love hiking through the lovely oaks and flowers near the Little Falls Trailhead. Trail Details. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is best used from April until October. Then an SUV went through and that gave me confidence to go ahead. We took a non 4 wheel drive vehicle and made it. There are big signs at the entrance to the trail that say STOP and go into some detail about the dangers of the trail. Easy hike. Ousel Falls Trail connects the Big Sky Town Center to Ousel Falls Park. Luckily we took a pick up truck because the creek water level in some of them were about 3ft deep. With fun wilderness hiking trails, sandy beaches and the most iconic water falls in the Eau Claire area, feel one with nature with a visit here. One of my most favorite water falls that i have been too. Amazing views and solitude, never saw another soul until we got to the falls. Mountain, mountains so manny of them makes me remember KCNT. It’s not Closed. It’s 11.5 miles if you do it that way but you don’t need a high clearance vehicle to access the Big Falls Trail if you hike in from the north end of the trail. Anyway....a nice trail all the way to the top where it intersects Hi Mountain Lookout Road. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash. Highly recommend! Closed until May 2021 from the website, may be closed longer though. Best waterfall around! I was not disappointed! Trail and area technically closed until May 2021, but we did it anyway and it was beautiful. The road leading to the trailhead may close seasonally. It ended up being about 16 miles. 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