Big Creek Trail – Midnight Hole – Mouse Creek Falls – GSMNP

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 Big Creek Trail – Midnight Hole & Mouse Creek Falls – Great Smoky Mountains National Park – Thursday, March 14, 2013

 

Details:

Location: Big Creek

Distance: 4 miles, round trip.

Time: 1:49

Weather: Clear; 44 degrees.

Gear: Vasque Bitterroot Boots, Superfeet insoles, Baselayers, MH Warlow softshell pants, Marmot fleece.

Summary: Big Creek Trail to Midnight Hole and Mouse Creek Falls is a fantastic easy hike with beautiful views of the creek and it’s raging rapids. Midnight Hole is 1.5 miles up and Mouse Creek Falls is 2.0 miles. I highly recommend this easy to get to, gently graded day hike.

 Story:

With 30 miles on both the Vasque boots and insoles with no issues I consider them broken in.  I loaded up the D700 and tripod and headed to Big Creek Trail on this beautiful day specifically to get great shots of Midnight Hole and Mouse Creek Falls:

Big Creek Trailhead: 1.5 miles to Midnight Hole, 2.0 miles to Mouse Creek Falls.

Big Creek Trailhead: 1.5 miles to Midnight Hole, 2.0 miles to Mouse Creek Falls.

Big Creek Trail is a former road, thus is a gently sloping grade.

Big Creek Trail is a former road, thus is a gently sloping grade.

The trail ascends quickly above Big Creek, before rejoining it at 1.5 miles.

The trail ascends quickly above Big Creek, before rejoining it at 1.5 miles.

At 1.5 miles, a side trail leads down to Midnight Hole, a deep pool formed where Big Creek falls between two large boulders.

At 1.5 miles, a side trail leads down to Midnight Hole, a deep pool formed where Big Creek falls between two large boulders.

Midnight Hole.

Midnight Hole.

Midnight Hole.

Midnight Hole.

Midnight Hole.

Midnight Hole.

Big Creek as it flows out of Midnight Hole.

Big Creek as it flows out of Midnight Hole.

Big Creek as it flows out of Midnight Hole.

Big Creek as it flows out of Midnight Hole.

Midnight Hole.

Midnight Hole.

Midnight Hole.

Midnight Hole.

Midnight Hole.

Midnight Hole.

Continuing past Midnight Hole, Big Creek flows just beside the trail.

Big Creek Trail runs right next to Big Creek.

Big Creek Trail runs right next to Big Creek.

Just .5 miles past Midnight Hole, a clearing to the left of the trail reveals Mouse Creek Falls:

Mouse Creek Falls

Mouse Creek Falls

Mouse Creek Falls

Mouse Creek Falls

Mouse Creek Falls

Mouse Creek Falls

Mouse Creek Falls

Mouse Creek Falls

Mouse Creek Falls

Big Creek roars past Mouse Creek Falls

Mouse Creek Falls

Mouse Creek Falls

Mouse Creek Falls

Mouse Creek Falls

Mouse Creek Falls

Mouse Creek Falls

Mouse Creek Falls

Mouse Creek Falls

Mouse Creek Falls

Big Creek flows past Mouse Creek Falls

Mouse Creek Falls

Mouse Creek Falls

MCJ

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