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Snowbird Loop

Another option for novice to intermediate backpackers is a loop using the Sassafras Creek and Burntrock Ridge Trails.

As difficult as the upper reaches of the Big Snowbird Trail can be, many hikers opt for an easier loop. This can be done by turning left after crossing the Sassafras Creek. Just past the crossing, Sassafras Creek Trail peels off to the left. This trail follows Sassafras Creek, a beautiful mountain stream. After 3/4 of a mile the trail passes Sassafras Falls. This is great spot to cool off and to break out the camera.

After the falls the Burntrock Ridge Trail turns to the right. Take this trail for 1.7 miles to the campsites of Middle Falls.

Return via the Big Snowbird Trail to the parking area at Forest Road 75.

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