Big Dipper Trail Details
Big Dipper Trail starts off of either side of the Little Dipper and finishes on the other side of the Little Dipper Loop. Use this trail to connect to Shooting Star Trail or to make a quick loop around the Star Field. This trail is plenty fun in both directions, but might be just be a bit better when riding counter-clockwise.
When starting on the east side of Little Dipper, take a right onto Big Dipper and follow it down into a switchback followed by a creek crossing. After crossing the creek, start climbing back into the trees and follow the trail in and out of the ravines. After the first few ravines, the descending starts to pick up.
Almost half way through, you'll descend a sandy section with some exposure and then cross another stream. Begin climbing slightly into a quick push up a 50-yard steeper section, before you get a break through the flats. At this point, you'll come to the intersection with Shooting Star Trail.
Take Shooting Star Trail at this point if you would like to link up with the other trails like Riverside Trail and Bobcat.
To continue on Big Dipper and head back towards Star Field, take a left and go up the switchback. Continue sweeping through the trees, riding in and out of the ravines, descending and climbing along the way. You'll then run into a T intersection with Little Dipper. Take a right to get back to the shower house at Star Field or take a left to have a bit more fun and ride Little Dipper back around the Star Field, bringing you back to the shower house with just a bit more riding.
Closed when wet
Bikes and hikers only. Rider fee ($3/day) payable at multiple self-serve stations
Dogs Allowed- Off or on Leash
This trail is accessable from either the Start Field Trailhead Via Little Dipper of from River Campground Trailhead Via Shooting Star Trail
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More Stats for Big Dipper Trail bike trail
Altitude change2 ft
Altitude min1,112 ft
Altitude max1,256 ft
Altitude start1,252 ft
Altitude end1,254 ft
Distance climb1 miles
Distance down1 miles
Distance flat845 ft
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- Snow Packed
- Snow Covered
- Freeze/thaw Cycle
- Prevalent Mud
- Very Dry
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