This trail is maintained on an annual basis. The trail leaves Forest Road 33 and follows Elk Creek for a short distance to a scenic viewpoint of the Elk Creek Falls and offers a picnic site. About half way down Elk Creek Falls Trail #1151, the Big Tree Trail #1150 intersects to the right and switches back through a stand of old-growth timber and continues on through a stand of younger trees to the Big Tree Observation Site, located just off of Forest Road 3358-090.

Big Tree Observation Site contains a number of giant specimens of different conifer species, including the world’s largest Port-Orford cedar tree. Both these areas provide excellent photographic opportunities.

At a Glance

Open Season: Year Round
Usage: Medium
Closest Towns:
  • Powers, OR
  • Glendale, OR
  • Gold Beach, OR
Water: Not available. Surface water should be treated.
Information Center: Powers Ranger District

General Information


From Powers, OR: Travel south on County Road 90 to Forest Road 33 to milepost 57.

From Gold Beach, OR: Drive northeast on County Road 595 to Forest Road 33 to milepost 57.

From Glendale, OR: Drive west on Bureau of Land Management Road 32-9-3 to Forest Road 3348, and then to Forest Road 33. Continue to to milepost 57.


General Notes:
  • Connecting trails: Big Tree Trail #1150
  • Trail is not designed for: pack and saddle, mountain bike, motorized bike, ATV, 4-wheel drive, barrier free

  • Parking on both sides of Forest Service Road 33
  • Room for approximately 10 vehicles

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information


Day Hiking

Difficulty Level: More Difficult

Viewing Wildlife

Viewing Plants

Viewing Scenery

This short hike rewards visitors with views of a magnificent waterfall!


Group Picnicking

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities


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480 feet - 550 feet range