Photos of Big Dipper via Poland Creek

Distance: 4.3 miles Elevation Gain: 1,233 feet Route Type: Out & Back

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The trail starts at the Algonquin Trail trailhead, on the left side of the Crown King road. It follows Algonquin Trail for 1.5 mile. It is steep descend (around 1,000 feet). When Algonquin Trail reaches Poland Creep, the trail diverts to the left and follows the creek (downwards). This part is pretty challenging, since there is no maintained trail. Just follow the creek. Sometimes it requires scrambling over boulders or big rocks. There are several swimming holes on the route, some of them may be swimmable even during the summer. After 0.7 miles trail ends on the 30 feet high waterfall, called Big Dipper. There is a great swimming hole below the waterfall. It is quite hard to get there: easies way could be found on the left side of the creek. Return the same way: ascending 1,160 feet may be a challange, especially there is no shade.

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