Big Falls Trail

MODERATE 54 reviews
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Big Falls Trail is a 4 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Mount Charleston, Nevada that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
4.0 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1492 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

birding

hiking

nature trips

snowshoeing

walking

views

waterfall

rocky

scramble

snow

7 months ago

Awesome

7 months ago

Fun hike since it's off the beaten path. Take Mary Jane Falls till it starts vexing to the right and go off to the Left. We kinda made our own trail up there, Lots of rock scrambling.

hiking
8 months ago

Loved it will need to be mobile it involves a lot of walking over rocks and boulders and fallen trees make sure you were appropriate shoes since some areas are slippery even when dry weather is present. Also there is an alternate path on the left side of the rope ladder kinda steep incline keep left and you'll come around to the falls area also to let you know your going to enter this trail just you would to Mary Jane falls but keep left you'll notice the trail but it diffidently is off the well traveled path good luck all and have fun be safe

8 months ago

This hike is the perfect hike if you're seeking solitude, even on a weekend. You scramble right through the wash and it requires some careful navigating, but the wash is easy to follow. You eventually reach a boulder with a rope ladder to climb up, as it becomes impassible. You can opt to climb out of the wash on either side but it is loose gravel and very steep. Just after this point the falls will come into view. I would recommend doing this with a friend just because of the terrain involved toward the end. Would go back for sure!

8 months ago

loved it once I found it

hiking
8 months ago

Somewhat off path trail, climbing over boulders and fallen trees, the falls at the end is refreshing and worth the hike. You definitely need hiking shoes with good traction for this trail, as it may be slippery.

8 months ago

hiking
9 months ago

Fun and moderately challenging hike that is off the beaten path and AWAY from all the crowds going up to Mary Jane Falls. It's the middle of July and water is still flowing at Big Falls. It started raining pretty hard once we arrived which made the trip going down a bit more treacherous as the rocks became pretty slick. Worth the challenge and I'm glad I did it.

9 months ago

Awesome hike, fun & a little challenging with a beautiful waterfall at the end! Loved it

hiking
9 months ago

This trail was just right for a morning hike, with a great balance of everything. I love scrambling, and with the river bed and boulders, downed trees, a mixture of shade and sun, it pretty much all the right spots for everything I like condensed into one short hike with a nice little (tall) waterfall at the end as a reward. If taking dogs on this hike, I would only take little ones that you could carry/lift over certain spots, or moderately athletic dogs. Also good for active kids - but if you aren't wearing shoes with good grip, be careful because the boulders are more slippery (even when dry) than they look.

hiking
9 months ago

This is rather hard as it's all rocks. My partner didn't want to finish it as we did the other trail already and he was getting irritated by the climbing over river style rocks. I really liked it though as there was nobody around, there is somewhat of a trail so it's not like you get lost, it's adventurous. Sad I didn't see the waterfall:(

hiking
9 months ago

Nice and easy, enjoyable hike. Water was still flowing in mid-July.

hiking
9 months ago

Hiked in both sun and shade. Follow the dry creek bed - no marked path. Lots of boulders and downed trees to traverse. Started at 7:30a and once we were in the sun, it was already hot. Worth the hike - Big Falls had plenty of water today.

9 months ago

What a spectacular hike. It was absolutely beautiful beneath the towering canyon walls, along the babbling water, and then in the waterfall spray that felt so refreshing. This trail, or lack there of, was difficult to follow. You need to stay left toward the canyon wall and then boulder hop up the dry riverbed. Once the water appeared, the waterfall getting close. The waterfall will be past a bend and on the left. It was a three hour round trip.

9 months ago

Great day hike with beautiful views! Just stay on the dry creek bed and you'll run right in to the falls. Awesome!

hiking
10 months ago

Big Falls trail start was hard to find. No trail head marker/sign.The trail is the river bed with partial trails on both sides. Since I had problems I took the Mary Jane falls to the top and cut over to the Big Falls trail at the bottom of the hill. Big falls is beautiful and there is still a couple of feet of snow at the base of the falls. Take a jacket. The 85 degree temperature at the base might fool you! Why not see two waterfalls in one day? Mary Jane falls does not compare with Big Falls

10 months ago

The reward is worth the climb!

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