This four mile trail leads from an access road in Squaw Flat, immediately east of the campground, through Big Spring Canyon. It follows the canyon bottom southward from the trailhead and connects with several trails. A long or short loop can be created by using the Big Spring Canyon Trail in conjunction with Squaw Canyon Trail and/or Chesler Park Trail. This is an easy trail with little elevation gain until you reach the pass that connects it with Squaw Canyon Trail.
Begin this hike from the access road east of the campground along the main park road. The beginning elevation of this trail is approximately 5,180 feet. The trail forks shortly after leaving the trailhead, follow the left side of the fork to reach the Big Spring Canyon Trail. An alternative to this beginning is from the Squaw Flat Campground. Hike southward from the campground access road less than one mile to a trail fork. At this fork turn right to reach Spring Canyon.
On the trail from the access road, not the campground, hikers will reach a second fork within a half mile of the trailhead. The trail leading northward (right) leads to the Squaw Flat Campground. Bear left at this junction to reach Big Spring Canyon. From this junction the trail descends slightly into Big Spring Canyon. When it reaches the canyon floor, the track splits again. There is a campsite, referred to as BS1, at this junction. The right fork leads westward to meet the Chesler Park Trail. Follow the left side of the fork as it follows the path of Big Spring.
From this junction the Big Spring Canyon Trail leads southward along the floor of the canyon. It winds through the twists and turns of the canyon for slightly more than two and a half miles. Along this route the track ascends 320 feet and passes one campsite. The route ends at Squaw Canyon Trail. Turning right at its terminus will take you northward into Squaw Canyon. Hiking right at this junction will lead you westward into Elephant Canyon.
Directions: From Needles Visitor Center, Drive westward along the main park road. Turn left before the campground to reach Squaw Flat Loop A Trailhead.
Elevation: 5,180 feet
Ending Elevation: 5,530 feet
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