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Berry Creek Falls Trail

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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.

9.5 miles 2244 feet Loop

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

no dogs

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.

hiking
22 days ago

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

hiking
22 days ago

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.

hiking
29 days ago

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!

1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

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.

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1 month ago

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.

hiking
2 months ago

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

hiking
2 months ago

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!

hiking
2 months ago

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

hiking
2 months ago

Amazing scenery! Wear correct shoes! Bring water and salty snacks to help when sweating. I'm on the hefty side and completed it in 5 hours. Better to go early cause you will share the trail when it gets later more people start showing up. I got there about 8ish and was perfect but on way back at times u have to stop to let other people pass cause the narrowness. The way back is tougher since you're at an incline most of time till the last mile or two. Fitbit said it was a little under 11 miles.

2 months ago

geocaching
2 months ago

Excellent !

3 months ago

3 months ago

Best waterfall during winter, do it on a mountain bike for extreme muddy love

3 months ago

Awesome! Ran it in 2:30. Will do again for sure.

hiking
3 months ago

3 months ago

Absolutely beautiful!!! Bring plenty of water!!! And proper hiking boots!! Recently a tree fell on a part of the trail and its on a narrow part which requires you to either climb over the tree or we'll go back but be careful it's on a steep cliff!