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Superlatives define Big Basin Redwoods State Park in the Santa Cruz Mountains. California’s oldest state park - covering more than 18,000 acres from sea level to more than 2,000 feet elevation - launched the state park movement in California. Big Basin’s biggest attraction – literally – is a rare stand of awe-inspiring, ancient coast redwoods that are among the tallest and oldest trees on Earth. Some measure close to 300 feet tall and 50 feet in circumference. Scientists estimate that these trees may range from 1,000 to 2,000 years old. Spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean, lush waterfalls, more than 80 miles of roads and trails, and a fascinating natural and cultural history have beckoned millions of visitors to Big Basin since 1902. Each season offers a different park experience. The intense greens of mosses contrast with the subtle colors of lichens and mushrooms during wet winters. Rushing waterfalls and wildflowers abound in the cool, foggy spring. Find a shady getaway from inland heat in summertime. Fall offers pleasant weather without storms, pests or extreme heat. The park is about 65 miles south of San Francisco. From Santa Cruz travel approx 25 miles northwest via Highways 9 and 236 to reach Park Headquarters. Park Headquarters is 9 miles north of the town of Boulder Creek on State Hwy 236. All roads into Big Basin are curvy. The Rancho Del Oso coastal unit of Big Basin is accessible on State Route 1, about 20 miles north of the city of Santa Cruz. The Day Use Annual Pass is accepted at this park.

11 days ago

17 days ago

Strenuous but doable, totally worth the effort for the views

Recommend going clockwise. consistent uphill for about a mile, then downhill for over 3 miles. if you go counterclockwise, as the description recommends, this long stretch uphill will be about 7 miles in. 6 miles back from berry creek were a nice variation of climb and descent, and very manageable in under 5 hours. some lovely large trees, and nice water flowing, even for labor day weekend

pretty cool hike. Definitely need a map. You need to take a few different trails to get to the trailhead. The loop was about 10 miles, plus 2 miles to the trailhead. Pry 6 hours at a slow and steady pace. There's a pretty good incline coming out of the trail. If you see Berry Falls last the incline is a steady 4 miles up, others wise it's 6 miles up, but at a easier pace. Take Water.

Beautiful hike! The only thing I would complain about is needing to ask a ranger how to actually get to the trail from the parking lot. You have to take a few different trails in order to be on the right track, but worth the adventure!

This beautiful trail has an amazing view to the sea as well as to Berry Creek falls. As I walked, I was constantly mesmerized by the view.

1 month ago

Great hike; however, by the time I added on the distance to get to the trail from the car, ranger station, etc., I had gone 6.84 miles. I did have to park quite a ways as I got there late in the morning.

Beautiful hike. Gotta keep a keen eye on signs as they are anything but clear.
Absolutely worth it. This is the first time we have done this hike from Big Basin Ranger Stn. It's quite a bit easier from Wadell Beach.

One of my favorites! There's a sign at he head of the trail that says "warning, strenuous trail" don't take lightly, it really is.

1 month ago

Loved the view and picnic at the top!

Loved it. Mostly covered and the clockwise route was surprisingly challenging on the second half after the waterfalls. Great day hike!

absolutely beautiful and the falls are small but beautiful.

Very beautiful and well maintained trail all round. I did the Sunset - Berry creek - Skyline trail loop . I started at about 11.15AM, and was back at the parking lot at 2.30 PM (definitely helped that I had packed pretty light!) There was a good amount of foot traffic, but you do get long stretches without anyone in sight. Parking seemed like an issue initially, but there are spots further down the road in front of the Gift Shop. There are about 3 waterfalls you'll see (2 of which are smaller, but still quite beautiful). All round, totally worth your time!

I love this hike! So many different types of terrain; tons of shade. Love the waterfalls! Giant redwoods. Birds galore. It doesn't get much better than this