Elk Creek Falls
Easy trail leads to a nice viewpoint. The falls drop over two tiers, each about 70 feet tall, and a 3rd tier a short distance above. Picnic site. Trail length: 600 feet. Elevation: start 480, end 550.
Directions: from Powers Market downtown, follow the main highway south through town 6.2 miles to the trailhead. Pull‐out parking is on your left. This is a combined trailhead with the Big Tree Trail.
Big Tree Trail: Starts from Elk Creek Falls trail. Trail switches back through a stand of old‐growth timber and continues on through a stand of younger trees to the Big Tree, world’s largest Port Orford cedar. Length: one mile. Elevation: start 500 feet, end 1400 feet. Directions: same as for Elk Creek Falls above. Note: immediately as you enter the trail, the Big Tree Trail turns sharply to your right and begins climbing.
Big Tree Picnic Area
Observation Site contains a number of giant conifer species, including the world’s largest Port Orford cedar tree at 239 feet in height and 12 feet in diameter. Also an Oregon Grand fir, the only example of a true fir found in the state at sea level.
Access by moderate trail from Elk Creek Falls or easy access from road. For road access: follow the main highway south from Powers Market through town 6 miles to Forest Road 3358 (a paved road merging on your left); turn onto 3358 and proceed up hill the road will become single lane with periodic turnouts; the road forks in 1 mile, stay to the right and continue uphill, remaining on the asphalt for the next 3.3 miles to the Big Tree Recreation Site on your right. Turn right down a single lane road .1 mile to the parking area. Follow the trail beside the short pole fence into the old growth trees.
Cedar Bark House
One‐of‐a‐kind Cedar Bark House was originally built in 1936 by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC). All construction material was milled on‐site from local Port Orford cedar and strips of the bark were used as siding. A beautiful stone fireplace was constructed using locally collected petrified wood. It is said that the building cost nothing to build except for the cost of nails. Directions:
From Powers Market downtown, follow the main highway south 14.3 miles; a green gated bridge intersects the highway at this point; if the gate is open proceed across the bridge and follow the road .2 mile to the
Note: Check with Powers Ranger District for tour times 541‐439‐6200.
**(Special Note: Hopefully the Cedar Bark House will be open on on the day of the ride.)**
Coquille River Falls
Dancing down a rugged canyon of cathedral old growth forest, the South Fork Coquille River crests the sheer cliff of Coquille Falls and dives into two sets of emerald pools. The beauty of enormous boulders lining the river encourages both picnicking and relaxing. The falls and trail are part of the 500 acre protected Coquille River Falls Research Natural Area. Directions: From Powers Market downtown follow the highway south 16.6 miles to the junction on your left of Forest Road 3348 also signed Eden Valley/ Glendale; turn left on to road 3348 and continue up hill 1.7 miles to a pullout on your left; a small sign marks the trailhead. Note: at times the trail is steep and can be slippery if wet. Use caution.
Mt. Bolivar Trail
This trail is in the Wild Rogue Wilderness and is open to hiking only. There is a spectacular view from the summit of Mt. Bolivar. Also of interest on the summit is a plaque, which was placed there in a ceremony on September 22, 1984. The plaque honors Simon Bolivar, the hero and statesman who liberated Venezuela from the Spaniards. The trail provides no water, and the vegetation varies from slopes of manzanita and scrub oak to stands of old growth timber. From Powers go south on FS Road #33 to FS Road 3348 to BLM RD #32-9-3.