North Harper Shortcut Trail

At A Glance


1 mi one-way

Difficulty Rating: 1
Steepness: Climbs Moderately
Tread Condition: Some Obstacles
Trail Number: 266A


This trail is co-signed as the Mountains to Sea Trail. It's a shortcut from FS 464, Pineola Road, down to a beautiful section of the North Harper Creek trail about a half mile above Bard Falls. This trail is the easiest way to the falls, but it's a pleasant trail by itself. The well-constructed path winds in and out of the coves, crossing some tiny tributaries, as it gently descends through varying mixed-hardwood and cove forests, with nice wildflower displays in spring.

Intersecting Trails

  • Mountains to Sea Section 4
  • North Harper Creek
  • This trail is located in the Wilson Creek Area area. For a list of all the trails in that area, see the Wilson Creek Area trails list page.

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    [Site Admin] Jordan M. said: Yes - that'd be Bard Falls, and it's a good one!

    Friday, August 7 2015 1:18am

    Adam F. said: we hiked this trail on July 10, 2015 with three young kids (12, 11 and 7) and two dogs! Takes about an hour to get the creek. Turn left when you hit the trail at the bottom to get to scenic parts of the creek. We found a great area to have lunch and swim in a waterfall. highly recommended.

    Saturday, July 11 2015 1:41am
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