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Burnt Mill Bridge Loop

Intermediate
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Hike along (or take a dip in) the Clear Fork River - this is a great trail for a hot summer day.


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4.1

Miles

6.7

KM

Loop

1,348' 411 m

High

1,126' 343 m

Low

268' 82 m

Up

282' 86 m

Down

3%

Avg Grade (1°)

13%

Max Grade (7°)

Dogs Leashed

Features Birding · Fall Colors · River/Creek · Spring · Swimming · Wildflowers

Family Friendly This is a pretty easy trail, short in distance and with plenty of swimming opportunities.

Big South Fork is always open.

Need to Know

Permits must be acquired to stay at the campsites and backcountry campsites, which can be found here:
nps.gov/biso/planyourvisit/….

Description

Right off the bat, this trail starts climbing into some interesting rock formations. There are a couple stream crossings before even getting a mile in. Be sure to keep an eye out for the abundance of rock overhangs along this loop.

About 1.4 miles in is a junction with the John Muir Trail: Big South Fork NRA. To continue on the loop, stay left and cross a footbridge. About 2 miles in, the trail sides up with the river again. There's a campsite along the river, but it's important to note when and if flooding may occur - it may not always be a good campsite.

At around 3.3 miles is another campsite and another stream crossing, followed by a large overhang before heading back to the starting point of this loop. One of the most popular swimming holes in this area is just below Burnt Mill Bridge - a great way to conclude this hike!

Flora & Fauna

This is a great area to see the wildflowers in spring and early summer, such as hepatica, trout lily, trillium, and toothwort. The National Park Service distinguishes the vegetation zones within Big South Fork into two categories: the area within the gorge, and the higher elevation area surrounding it. More information on the wide variety of plants can be found on the park'swebsite.

Big South Fork is known to have over 60 species of fish, along with a wide variety of mammals such as black bear, white-tailed deer, elk, raccoons, bobcats, and gray foxes. There are also over 160 species of birds to be found in Big South Fork in varying times of the year.

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May 20, 2020
John Howard
Apr 26, 2019
Grace Hawkins
Gorgeous hike! 4.2mi — 1h 23m
Jan 26, 2019
Justin Swann
4.1mi
Oct 18, 2018
Robert McGrath
Family hike!
Mar 18, 2018
Jami Garner
Nov 10, 2017
Ryan Rudolph
Great campsite 3 miles in going counter clockwise
Jan 21, 2017
Jeff Tidwell
Great hike....mostly flat around the river bank with great views. Only elevation change is the climb over the ridge to complete the loop. 4.8mi