Big Creek Railroad Grade Trail

EASY 15 reviews
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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.

2.6 miles
262 feet
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly


mountain biking

off road driving

trail running


3 days ago

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

1 month ago

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.

6 months ago

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.

off road driving
9 months ago

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

11 months ago

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

Sunday, July 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.

Thursday, June 01, 2017

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

off road driving
Monday, October 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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