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|
|Water:||Not available. Surface water should be treated.|
|Information Center:||Powers Ranger District|
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.
- 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
Map showing recreational areas. Map Information
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This short hike rewards visitors with views of a magnificent waterfall!
Alerts & Warnings
- Forest Order RRS 06 10 22 23 56 Alcohol Prohibition Illinois River Corridor
- Illinois River Swinging Bridge Closure
- Butte Fork Trail Bridge in Red Buttes Wilderness Closed Through July 2023
- Understanding Parking and Fire Restrictions on the Illinois River
- Bear-Human Interactions on the Rise!