Explore the most popular Bird Watching trails in Big Basin Redwoods State Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Well maintained trail with lots of cover. Trail markers provided clear directions other than one spot (don’t take the bridge at mile 10, stay straight and head up). I did an out and back of first 10 miles and only saw two other people on the trail (granted it was a weekday). Large parking lot at start of trail.

hiking
2 days ago

Good hike, but my AT app recoding is showing a mile more @ 13.5, than it’s listed for on AT (and my relatively accurate phone fitness app is showing 14.5). Not hard, but it is long. Trail was in good condition. Some minor rock scrabbling, some minor overgrowth in patches, lots of bugs btw Lane Camp and the Mill. Some pretty good overlooks of Big Basin valley along the Eastern side of the trail. Did it in 8 hrs with a 25 lb pack and two significant breaks (6.5 hr of actual walking time). Shade along the approach to the loop and its southern side but significant stretches of alternating full sun and dappled sun around the rest (from the 8oclock - 4oclock positions of the loop were a clock), glad I had my umbrella. The first chance for water this time of year was a bit downstream of the Johansen Mill and it was pretty stagnant.

We took the ridge trail down to the sea from the head quarters. It can be hard on your knees.

Beautiful trail, only saw a small handful of other groups. A couple of closures on the way, but nothing too derailing.

Great views of the redwoods as we started at the trailhead. Very shaded throughout the trail until you reach higher elevation. Its says the trail is 4 miles, however it was probably more like 7 miles round trip. There were a lot of butterflies along the trail and once you reach the summit the view however to the ocean was not visible. That was a little disappointing. Overall we enjoyed the hike.

Good trail. Nice waterfalls.

Hiked from Big Basin State Part parking lot to Waddle beach. Nice hike. Google map says 9 miles but it’s 11.1miles. All shaded until the last 0.75 miles.

hiking
1 month ago

go clockwise

Part of Dool Trail is closed off currently. So that adds about a mile or so. It’s closer to 8 miles total. Has a little bit of everything like sun, shade, inclines, & declines. A great day hike.

hiking
1 month ago

Very easy enjoyable trail. Takes you by some of the largest redwoods in the park!

Sequoia trail with many people heading to fall. Meteor trail is quiet with redwoods. Ocean view summit vista is fairly nice but biting flies.

Beautiful trail. Some open areas with no shade. Lots of bugs. Make sure to go to the ocean overlook toward the end after Meteor trail.

hiking
1 month ago

Not exactly the wilderness experience we were expecting. Even though the trail was lovely, we couldn't get into it because it ran along the road.

hiking
1 month ago

Took this trail of the Skyline to the Sea trail to Lane Trail camp for day 2 of our trip. This trail need some maintenance. It leaves the verdant, shady, and impressive valley to climb into the much drier hills. Scrub encroaches in many places. Be aware that there is no water at the camp; bring all you need with you. Not a particularly good hike or trail given other options here.

hiking
2 months ago

The redwoods are stunning and the trail was well marked/maintained. What I wish we knew before we went is that you MUST park at the information center and all hikes must start from that point. Other starting points for other hikes in this park are reserved for campers only, apparently. Therefore, you are somewhat limited in your trail options. It is the time of year when mosquitoes are out in full force, but they seemed extra prevalent on this hike. It is true that you walk along roads for part of the hike, but they are roads that only lead to campsites, not main roads, so there wasn’t a lot of car traffic to see/hear. Despite all of this, I really did enjoy the trail which I agree is moderate (although on the easier side).

This was a fun outing! Detour for a large part of the Dool trail, onto the sunset trail, to access this hike, but definitely a great little outing!

Amazing trip. Lots of bugs so bring bug spray.

hiking
2 months ago

The trail was pretty moderate to easy. The waterfall was pretty but the trail was along side of the road almost the whole time. We had to walk threw a few camp sights right next to tents. As well as ended up walking threw a parking lot with trash cans mid hike.

Long strenuous climb up but rewarding at the top. Ate my lunch perched on a rock with the world at my feet.

hiking
2 months ago

I hiked it at the end of June. Lots of wide and flat ground, beautiful redwoods, some wildflowers, and creek with little bridges. Also some good places to step into the creek if you’re so inclined. I did have to contend with mosquitos. Sewer manholes along part of the way, which I think is the reason it was flat.

hiking
2 months ago

nice, well marked trail, great for kids

backpacking
bugs
2 months ago

I completed this trail during the July 4th weekend. It was confusing to find the trail head at Saratoga Gap, and I almost took the wrong way. You have to cross the street after you park your car in the parking lot, and go straight, the trail head will be on your right side. The trail is relatively easy. The 1st day was the easiest, it took me 4.5 hrs to walk 6.1 miles from Saratoga Gap to Waterman Gap. The 2nd day, I think, was the most difficult one, from Waterman Gap to Jay Camp with some uphills. The last 5.2 miles on the 3rd day was mostly flat and downhill. Even though it was long (~13 miles), it was pretty easy. There were not much sceneries on the trail from Saratoga Gap to Jay Camp. I prefer the tall redwood trees in Big Basin.

Just finished this 3 day backpacking trip. I give it very mixed review. The first day out of Castle Rock state park was pretty. Enjoyed the horizon view to sea and hill tops. Lots of tall coastal red woods. As you approach Waterman gap camp ground the hiking is very close to a road which ruined the outdoor experience for me. The sounds of motorcycles racing up and down made me feel as though I was next to the freeway. This may of been particularly bad because it was a beautiful Sunday afternoon. Second day we hiked to Big Basin headquarters (Jay camp). We practically followed the road the entire way. Passing next to homes and backyards. Once we made it to headquarters we enjoyed a leisurely lunch and pushed on to Sunset campsite. This is were it was really pretty. We passed 3 waterfalls and enjoyed a very private camping experience. Saw a bunch of banana slugs. Last day headed out to Waddel beach. It was a beautiful hike and slightly downhill for a very easy hike. My recommendation would be to start at Jay camp (Headquarters) hike to sunset and out the next day only making this a one night trip and about 12 mile trip.

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