The Big Nasty trailhead is located near the Mammoth Crater viewpoint. The trail starts along the crater rim and crosses a rough lava field covered with brush. There are views of the many cinder cone volcanoes and surrounding lava fields from this trail.
The Big Nasty Trail has a maximum elevation of 5,421 ft (1,652 m), a minimum elevation of 5,178 ft (1,578 m), and an elevation gain of 5,375 ft (1,638 m) in the [ A to B ] direction.
The following chart shows the total calories that you may expend on the Big Nasty Trail while hiking in the [ A to B ] and [ B to A ] direction at a typical speed and is based on gross weight (which includes anything carried), the topography, trail length and trail conditions.
|[ A to B ] or [ B to A ]|
|Steps 1||Length 2||Min Ele 3||Max Ele 4|
|4,501||2.1 mi||5,178 ft||5,421 ft|
|[ A to B ]|
|Time 5||Floors 6||Gain 7||Loss 8|
|55 min||0.4||5,375 ft||5,434 ft|
|[ B to A ]|
|53 min||0.3||5,434 ft||5,375 ft|
The length of the Big Nasty Trail is 2.1 mi (3.3 km) or 4,501 steps.
A person in good physical health can hike the Big Nasty Trail in 55 min in the [ A to B ] direction, and in 53 min in the [ B to A ] direction.
Download free Big Nasty Trail topo maps and the adjoining quads to plan your hike. These are full-sheet, 7.5 Minute (1:24,000 scale) Lava Beds National Monument topographic maps.
Yes, and it's free! The Big Nasty Trail is located on the Schonchin Butte topo map. Use the adjoining quadrangle legend to download the map.
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