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blue Big Ben Trail

Trail

1.9 mile 3.0 kilometer point to point
Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 685' 209 m
Descent: -450' -137 m
High: 1,848' 563 m
Low: 1,193' 364 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 11% (7°)
Max Grade: 29% (16°)

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Trail shared by Joan Pendleton

This trail crosses the rugged Fall Creek Valley to reach a famous redwood: Big Ben Tree.

Joan Pendleton

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Description

Big Ben Trail is a redwood forest trail that starts on a forested ridgetop along Truck Trail. From here, the trail descends the steep, forested hillside of the ridge for roughly a half mile down to Fall Creek Trail and Fall Creek. At the Fall Creek Trail junction, Big Ben Trail veers right to follow Fall Creek upstream for a little less than 0.1 mile to find a path going left towards Fall Creek and an apparent path straight ahead continuing along Fall Creek. There is no sign indicating which way to go. To continue on Big Ben Trail, go left toward Fall Creek and cross it on a primitive stick-and-log bridge. Do not go straight—going straight dead ends quickly at a huge downed tree across the path.

After crossing Fall Creek, pick up Big Ben Trail again as it almost immediately veers left to begin climbing up out of the Fall Creek Valley. The trail is densely forested and the hillside is steep. Some switchbacks ease the way. Huge redwoods, other trees, and ground vegetation make up this forest. The trail climbs this densely forested hillside continuously for almost 1.5 miles to the trail's end at Lost Empire Trail.

Here at the end of Big Ben Trail, the trail's namesake grows beautifully. Be sure to allow plenty of time to explore this massive, ancient tree.

Flora & Fauna

Huge redwoods and other dense vegetation.

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Oct 24, 2017
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