Berry Creek Falls Trail is a 9.5 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Boulder Creek, CA that features a waterfall and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.
A strenuous loop that encounters picturesque waterfalls and beautiful redwood groves. From the Park HQ take the Skyline to the Sea Trail then return via the Sunset Trail. Long hike through old-growth redwoods to shimmering waterfalls is a Bay Area favorite. Redwoods and waterfalls make this the best hike in the San Francisco Bay Area. Veteran Berry Creek Falls hikers recommend a counter-clockwise loop starting on the Sunset Trail, turning left on to the Berry Creek Falls Trail, taking another left onto the Skyline-to-the-Sea trail, which returns to the trailhead.
It is an awesome Hike. It is also called the Loop. I will not mark it Hard, its moderate.. no sudden or much elevation at a time. You gradually climb. Also, the elevation is not continuous.. uphill and downhill are pretty much alternate which keeps ur pace going. We did it clockwise, Skyline to Sea --> Berry Creek Falls --> Sunset Trail. Was able to do 4 miles till Berry Creek Falls in 1.5 hrs(my speed is moderate). The falls are worth visiting. The only problem i faced was Sunset Trail downhill.. my knees went bad.. therefore i finished it in 5 hrs.. otherwise easily doable in 4 hrs. Beautiful Hike..mus do..:-D
Do it backwards starting on the sunset trail.
I've done this trail a few times... it's a beautiful place... some steep parts and got a good workout out.. it's pretty trafficked on the weekends but your on your own for a good portion of it... and the waterfall well.. just beautiful
I'd put this at more moderate, but is absolutely lovely. Highly recommend clockwise so you're going up the stairs at the falls instead of down as well as having a more pleasant up and down for the second half of the hike rather than a final long steep uphill if you go counter-clockwise. Tons of mushrooms and banana slugs out today, and the waterfalls are all running nicely - take layers, you'll change through microclimates a bunch of times.
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!
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.
Loved it. Mostly covered and the clockwise route was surprisingly challenging on the second half after the waterfalls. Great day hike!
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