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Big Creek
pnwhikes > Olympic Peninsula > Hoodsport
Located at the base of Mount Ellinor, this trail makes a 4.5 mile loop around the Big Creek drainage area. Big Creek is a perfect hike to save for the hot summer months, as the shade provided by the forested route will be put to good use.

The trail starts off by heading west through the picnic area to the Big Creek Nature Trail. You'll cross Big Creek via a sturdy bridge before you come to a junction with Trail 827.1, turn left to start the loop. You begin climbing above the creek at a moderate grade before steepening a bit after a mile. At 1.7 miles you will encounter another junction. Stay straight to continue on the loop, or take a quick side trip down to see where the Big and Branch Creeks meet.

Continuing on the main trail, you will come to another junction, this time with the Mount Ellinor Trail. Further down the trail you'll cross Branch Creek on a bridge and then shortly after Big Creek via another bridge. Stop here for a bit and take in the sights of the cascading water below. From here the loop begins its descent back to the trailhead. You'll pass Skinwood and No Name Creeks on your way with views of Mount Ellinor and giant firs along the way.
Type Length Difficulty Rating Gain
River 4.5 mi 2 / 5 6 / 10 900 ft

User Groups
Hikers, Dogs

Accessibility
Year round

Permits
Northwest Forest Pass
 
Hike Featured In...
Day Hiking Olympic PeninsulaDay Hiking Olympic Peninsula
Day Hiking Olympic Peninsula
By Craig Romano
Driving Directions:
From Shelton head north on US 101 for 15 miles to Hoodsport. Turn left onto State Route 119 and go 9.3 miles to a intersection with Forest Road 24. Take a sharp left and immediately turn right into the Big Creek Campground. The trailhead is located near the picnic shelter.
Contact Information:
Olympic National Forest
Hood Canal Ranger District - Quilcene Office
295142 Highway 101 S.
P.O. Box 280
Quilcene, Wa 98376
Tel: 360.765.2200
TTY: 360.765.2200
http://www.fs.fed.us/r6/olympic

Books
Day Hiking Olympic Peninsula
Day Hiking Olympic Peninsula
Maps
Custom Correct Mount Skokomish - Lake Cushman
Mount Skokomish - Lake Cushman
Permits
Northwest Forest Pass
Northwest Forest Pass
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