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Upper Big Creek Loop #827.1



4.1 mile 6.6 kilometer loop


Ascent: 933' 284 m
Descent: -908' -277 m
High: 1,867' 569 m
Low: 976' 297 m


Avg Grade: 8% (5°)
Max Grade: 24% (13°)


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Trail shared by Andy Conklin

A nice hike in the woods.

Andy Conklin

Features River/Creek


The Upper Big Creek Loop is a great spot to get some work in. The payoff is different here. You won't get any great views, but you'll be rewarded with the sounds of No-Name, Skinwood, Big, and Branch Creeks most of the way.

Wooden bridges cross all of the creeks, make sure you take the time to go down to the confluence of Big and Branch Creeks.

This trail can be equally enjoyed in either a clockwise or counterclockwise path. Clockwise gets you to the top in a little shorter distance and allows for a nice path out. There is, however, a long grind up a fairly steep section. If you choose to go counterclockwise, the trek up is a little easier, but longer, and you'll get a little pounded on the steeper descent.

In the summertime, head down to Lake Cushman and jump in to wash off the sweat.

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Jun 15, 2019
Zachary Kolbas
5.3mi — 2h 18m
Apr 27, 2019
Taylor N Sarah Jordan
Mar 24, 2019
Nevenka Anastas
beautiful bridges at the top, lovely creek and rivers, is it best to start to the east or west? 4.1mi — 2h 00m
Jul 21, 2018
Ken Powers
We added the Viewpoint trail toward the Mt Ellinore Trail to this loop which created a nice “destination” for the trip. It adds some length. 7.2mi
Apr 18, 2018
Rose Trail
Feb 11, 2018
Ryann Blake
Mar 31, 2017
J Gerardo
Made it 4.5 miles away from the summit. 4.2mi — 4h 30m

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Surely you won't run out of creek scenes on this trail.
Apr 3, 2017 near Hoodsport, WA
Just a few hundred yards upstream from Big Creek Campground, enjoy this phenomenal view of forest and flowing water.
Apr 3, 2017 near Hoodsport, WA
This is just one of the many bridges on this trail.
Apr 3, 2017 near Hoodsport, WA
This is another view of the troll-guarded bridge across Skinwood Creek.
Apr 3, 2017 near Hoodsport, WA
Beware of the troll guarding this bridge...
Apr 3, 2017 near Hoodsport, WA
Be careful, as this bridge can be quite slippery when wet.
Apr 3, 2017 near Hoodsport, WA

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