Big Pine Interpretive Loop Trail is a barrier free trail that consists of four loops, each offering a varying degree of challenge. Creek Loop is 1/6 mile, level, and an easy travel. Big Pine Loop is 1/3 mile, mostly level, and moderately difficult. Sunshine Loop is 1/2 mile with some sloping trail and also moderately difficult. Challenge Loop is a 3/4 mile sloping trail and moderate to difficult travel. Camping is available on these loops and there is an interpretive trail program for the vision impaired. The trail also features the worlds tallest Ponderosa Pine, the Big Pine Tree, and is a nice place for family outings. Leashes are required on the lowland interpretive trail that begins the hike. The Big Pine Loop Trail leads away from the gravel parking area, and turns right, following Briggs Creek through a riparian area that sports native thimbleberry and wild native blackberry, tanoak, and chinquapin. This trail gives you an option of crossing the creek on a bridge and hiking the opposite side of the creek, or continuing on the west side of the creek where a short side trail finds a nice wading pool on Briggs Creek. The west-side trail leads to a second bridge and then turns left across the creek.
*Located at the Big Pine Campground where the trail begins
Directions from Grants Pass
Take I-5 northwest to exit # 61 (Merlin)
Follow Merlin Galice Road
Turn left on Primary Forest Route 25
Follow 25 south to the Big Pine Campground where the trail begins
Listed under:Hiking & Walking