This trail passes through mature second growth and affords the hiker an excellent walk in the forest. Via trails #827.1, #827.2, and #812, a hiker can trace the historic climbing route from Big Creek Campgound to the summit of Mt. Ellinor, total 6.2 miles.
3/17/14 LOOP is closed due to campground expansion construction activities. Can still hike west side of trail to Mt Ellinor Connector trail
Bicycles, motorized vehicles and horses are prohibited on the trail.
Travel US Highway 101 to Hoodsport and turn onto State Route 119. Drive 9 miles to the junction with Forest Service Road 24. Turn left and travel 150 feet. The entrance to Big Creek Campground is on the right. The trailhead is 400 feet inside the campground next to the picnic shelter.
Trail #827.1 makes a four mile loop around Big Creek Basin. To access the trail, start at the picnic shelter, cross the lower Big Creek Bridge and then turn left. The trail proceeds in a northerly direction for 1.7 miles to a bridge across Branch Creek. Near this point a side loop trail goes to the confluence of Big and Branch Creeks. From Branch Creek, trail #827.2 connects the Loop trail to the Lower Mt. Ellinor trail in 1.3 miles. The Loop trail runs northeasterly 400 to the Big Creek Bridge then continues, crossing several creeks, until the campground is reentered at 4.0 miles. Each creek crossing and confluence are excellent places to enjoy lunch (benches provided) in beautiful surroundings.
Big-leaf maple, vine maple, western hemlock (Washington State tree), red alder, western red cedar, and Douglas-fir are common trees seen along the trail.