Explore the most popular dogs on leash trails in Sipsey Wilderness with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Great trail for a beginner that doesn’t want to hike too far. This trail takes you through the woods, past a old cemetery, down to a creek, and to a super big waterfall. Easy day trip ! Beautiful as well.

Great loop trail with the infamous Big Tree at the end. Plenty of places to camp along the way and some very gorgeous scenery.

This area was great. While most of our day was off trail, exploring other areas, we did find quite a few cool things both on the trail and off. We are planning to return again soon, to hike farther and find more cool things.

this is a challenging loop hike, but worth the rough trail to see the gorgeous rocks and river. i hiked 201>209>202 on a clear cool april day. a previous hiker posted here that she had to ford the river twice. i instead stayed on the river's right bank. old trail was present, several old campfire rings too, but so many downed trees and steams to leap across that i lost the trail several times, ranger station had warned me, lots of starter saplings, etc. mostly flat terrain, just the descent/ascent to the river canyon had any incline. lots of animal tracks by the water -- deer, raccoon, bear. maps are accurate about location of trails but not always accurate about the water.

2 months ago

I’ve hiked this from numerous trailheads. Thompson is the easiest. If you were on horse trails you started at Borden TR and took 224 Bunyan Hill which is hamstrings going north and a shin-breaker going south...or Thompson and took NW Road. You won’t see anything spectacular on those routes. The best route as far as waterfalls and ease is Sipsey TH past Parker Falls to Big Tree. It’s longer but has better views. Anyone who sets out to see the Big Tree on a day hike is either ill-informed or training for an Ironman. There are shortcuts but, unless you’ve been out there for years, best to stick to the marked trails.

It is not well marked. But I did a portion of it and just stayed next to the creek the whole time so I didn't get lost.

I felt like I was in a magical land of fairies and gnomes. There are beautiful waterfalls and moss and even some flowers in March. I thought I would see a gnome peeking out of the many holes in trees.

Really enjoyed the trail, definitely get a map at a near gas station since the place is easy to get lost in, a compass would also be useful.

We hiked the 202 trail, but found no waterfall, made it down to the creek. We saw several campers along the creek. And passed several hikers as well. Several trees down along the trail. Over all a fun hike! :-)

One of my favorite hikes in Sipsey. Takes a little work but worth it.

hiking
3 months ago

I loved this trail! It was towards the end of the summer when I went, so the shade of the trees was wonderful. The hardest part was climbing over the rocks to get to the tree.

3 months ago

long grueling trail for day trip... next trip planning to camp then hike back out next morning.. not very pretty until you get to the big tree and waterfall..

enjoyed this trail 2 old graveyards and waterfall at the bottom to the right of trail.... it was frozen when I went it was beautiful

had a great trip wonderful trail .. enjoyed seeing the old cabin

hiking
5 months ago

Not very scenic due to the horse trails. The destination it very scenic though. The road to access is very muddy. 4x4 is a must.

I have hiked this route and the shorter outlaw trail as well. Both hikes are moderate and a great hiking experience. There are a couple of waterfalls behind the Big Tree. Our local Cub Scouts (7-11 years old) hiked this as well.

Great established campsites with river access. Not too much elevation change. Great for day hiking or overnight trips fun kicks.

The first 2 miles is following an old logging or forestry road to the canyon. Fairly uninspiring except for the old cemetery along the way. it is well kept with many hand carved stones from the 1800's. Once into the canyon, there is a creek crossing to intersect with 209. if the water is very low, one may be able to step stones across, otherwise, wading will be required here. Very scenic once in the canyon.

Be sure to note that the little leg back to 201 where 209 intersects with 206 is an unmarked creek crossing. there is currently (11/09/17) a smallish log spanning the creek. thin and very wobbly. Be very careful crossing!

The first 2 miles is following an old logging or forestry road to the canyon. Fairly uninspiring except for the old cemetery along the way. it is well kept with many hand carved stones from the 1800's. Once into the canyon, there is a creek crossing to intersect with 209. if the water is very low, one may be able to step stones across, otherwise, wading will be required here. Very scenic once in the canyon.

Be sure to note that the little leg back to 201 where 209 intersects with 206 is an unmarked creek crossing. there is currently (11/09/17) a smallish log spanning the creek. thin and very wobbly. Be very careful crossing!

hiking
6 months ago

Big Tree is a truly spiritual experience! It left me at a loss for words!

This is absolutely an awesome trail I’ve hiked it many times and always love going back

backpacking
8 months ago

Great trails of all kinds, there is a big difference between north and south sipsey wilderness but this trail lets you see both, difficult to explain but while hiking you'll understand it.

backpacking
8 months ago

This trail is no longer distinguishable. We lost track of the blaze tape due to all the overgrowth and downed trees. After about 300ft we turned back and went on the Thompson TH. Maybe in winter someone can clean up the trail and maybe blaze around the downed trees.

boring 2 miles before an incredible payoff. follow the river upstream just a little and take the first creek. it will lead you feather hawk falls, which you will definitely want to check out if only hiking the 202. huge bluff, water dependent on rainfall

backpacking
10 months ago

Something for everyone, easily adaptable to your time, ability, and scenery preference. Moderate compass work, multiple river/stream crossings, moderate elevation, and only a few stretches with no water.

A buddy and I parked at Borden, and took the following loop: 207 and 208 (Friday night); 208, 206 and 209 (Saturday); and 204 and 224 (Sunday). That's about 24+ miles. We got there at night I gotta say doing 207 in the dark was tough, lots of underbrush, an early river crossing. But the horse trails (208 and 224) are easy and allow you to walk side-by-side. Thompson Trailhead was pretty popular, locals appear to park there and carry coolers and camping gear a mile or so in and I bet the parties are outrageous. We saw "The Big Tree" on 204A, I stood under the waterfall. We were warned not to take on 204 in the dark, but there are some campsites up there if it's still dusk and hammocks are always an option. We actually passed the tree initially on our way out Sunday morning, it's right near the waterfall so be sure to keep looking toward the river, whether you're coming north from 209 (it's on your left) or south from 224 (it's on your right).

I saw the two cemeteries, but no building or remains of buildings at all. this was a nice trail.

hiking
Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Nice hike. Pass two historic church sites with two cemeteries. Easy to follow trail that ends at the river. One waterfall on the way, probably seasonal.

hiking
Tuesday, May 09, 2017

Don't use this trail if you just want to see the Big Tree...

The name is misleading. There are easier ways to get to the big tree and if you follow the app, you will pass it (the app takes you about two miles past the tree, the trail forks at 204- if you follow the app, it'll take you left, but you need to go right to find the tree). The first several miles are horse trails, and not very scenic- fine if you just want the exercise, but after talking to locals, there are better ways to get to the tree.

Saturday, April 08, 2017

Very peaceful area!

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