Great Wall Trail

At A Glance

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1.63 mi one-way

Difficulty Rating: 1.63
Steepness: Climbs Steeply
Tread Condition: Moderately Rough
Trail Number: 489
Hikes That Use This Trail: Panthertown Valley Tour


This trail was previously considered two trails by most, but the Forest Service has officially combined them into one. For this reason, it has two distinct characters on the two different sections that now share the same name. Starting on the Deep Gap Trail, the trail descends as an old road to cross Panthertown Creek upstream of Granny Burrell Falls. Shortly thereafter, it enters the level valley at the upper end of Panthertown Creek and passes an old hunting shelter. The trail is open to bikes and horses up to the shelter. Beyond, it is open only to hiking, and it travels generally south below the sheer cliffs on the west side of Big Green Mountain, before veering northeast away from the creek. Up to this point the trail is mostly level and there are very few obstacles, but here it ascends steeply on a narrower, rougher path until the end at the intersection with the Big Green trail southeast of the summit. Makes a part of a great loop which includes many of the waterfalls in the valley.

Intersecting Trails

  • Big Green
  • Granny Burrell Falls
  • This trail is located in the Panthertown Valley area. For a list of all the trails in that area, see the Panthertown Valley trails list page.

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    Trail Segments

    Trails are often made up of several connecting paths which may have different characteristics, allowed uses, and seasons. This trail is divided into multiple segments as follows:

    Granny Burrell Falls Tr. to Shelter

    • Allowed Uses: Hiking, Mountain Biking
    • Length: 217 ft

    Shelter to Steep Climb

    • Allowed Uses: Hiking
    • Length: 0.86 mi

    Steep Climb to Mac's Gap Tr.

    • Allowed Uses: Hiking
    • Length: 0.43 mi

    Total Calculated Length: 1.32 mi

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