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Big Creek Railroad Grade Trail

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Sierra National Forest

Big Creek Railroad Grade Trail is a 2.6 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Shaver Lake, California that features a waterfall and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from May until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 2.6 miles Elevation Gain: 262 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly


mountain biking

nature trips

road biking


ohv / off road driving



partially paved



2 days ago

Nice flat easy dirt trail to get a walk in. Pretty “waterfall” in the beginning. Lots of flowers. Took 1.5 hours including some time looking at things.

The trail was a bit simple, but views were beautiful. Took an off trail road by the power lines and had some more up and down hill challenges on the way back.

16 days ago

This trail is very easy to do. Great for kids or in my best friends cases, a hurt leg. There was good shade but towards the end, we were exposed to the sun a lot. Really pretty waterfall in the beginning!

Short but fun trail. Friend and I saw bear brings on the way back but couldn’t find it, which was probably a good thing. Man made waterfall, sawed trees, and beautiful views.

1 month ago

Easy walk on a service road. The best views are a couple of waterfalls within the first mile or so. Otherwise, it’s a pretty unremarkable hike.

2 months ago

easy shaded service road trail. downed trees add some texture to an otherwise basic walk in the woods without making it impassable. man made dam/waterfall added a nice change in scenery. no snow as of 4/16/20

7 months ago

nice trail but a lot of downed trees. couldn't finish the entire trail due to downed trees.

washed out
Mon Jul 08 2019

Easy dirt road trail. First waterfall is beautiful with metal steps and bridge to walk up. The rest of the walk is easy but lots and lots and lots of downed trees and part of the road is washed out. Still accessible but with caution. Second waterfall isn’t nearly as impressive as the first. Was a fun walk with teenagers, they enjoyed it. Tons of butterflies! Was a fun trail.

Sun Nov 04 2018

Beautiful short walk. 2.8 miles. Bring bug spray! Beautiful views. Not a lot of parking, we parked right by the gate and walked around it.

Tue Sep 18 2018

This hike is along a road that is paved in places but mostly dirt. There are great views into the city of Big Creek. This trail can be extended but we turned around once we reached the main road Huntington. Basically a completely flat hike so it is really good for all skill levels.

Tue Jul 17 2018

Nice little family walk with a waterfall. Good for all skill levels

Sat Jun 09 2018

A nice easy walk through the trees with gorgeous views of the ridge off in the distance. 2 waterfalls with the first one being the biggest. There is a cool metal stair structure build next to it so you can climb up and look down at the waterfall. Parking was on the side of the road on the corner of the main road and Camp Sierra Road. The trailhead gate was closed to vehicles, but I walked around.

Mon Jan 15 2018

This is a great trail. There is parking for about 4-6 cars at the trail head right off the main road. My family and I hiked this trail in January (no snow this year) so we felt comfortable taking it on. The trail was a paved road, even terrain and clear of trees. The waterfall is early on in the trail making it perfect for younger children that start to bore with just looking at trees. This trail Offers a few beautiful views and a very gentle if any grade. It’s a perfect day trip for a family with younger children.

ohv/off road driving
Tue Oct 10 2017

Great fun area to explore in the 4x4 or when hiking. Cool water area with a old dam and pond. Definitely worth checking out.

Sat Jul 22 2017

A little hot in the summer, especially if you have dogs with you. Great views and a cool stairway to view the waterfall.

Sun Jul 02 2017

It would be nicer in the fall. The whole trail is out in the open on an old rugged road. Looks more like an access road with a "road closed" gate at the start.

Thu Jun 01 2017

Great walk for family and pets. Granite views across the gorge are stunning.

ohv/off road driving
Mon Oct 14 2013

We drove this route last month (Sept. of 2013). Very smooth dirt road, which was surprising, considering the remoteness of the area. The trail opens into a fantastic view of the foothills looking toward Auberry as you reach the top of Musik Mountain.There was a huge waterfall with a great deal of water flowing, (I believe this was part of the San Joaquin tributary). For the time of year, this was a huge and wonderful surprise!

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