Made a half day hike out of the first leg - out and back from Skyline. Brush and a two recently downed trees not yet cleared. Lots of poison ivy encroaching on the trail. By noon, the bugs were becoming active, but not as buggy as during the summer months on this trail.

Lockdown is an amazing opportunity to bike this trail and meet no people. Fun!

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21 days ago

Kate’s wonderful corona birthday backpacking

hiking
23 days ago

Must do!! There’s a few different waterfalls you’ll see! It’s beautiful!

Took us two days, we were dropped off at 1pm at the Castle Rock entrance and hiked till about 6:45pm and setup our tent for the night as it started to get dark. We packed up and started walking at 9 AM the following day, and got picked up at Waddell beach about 5 PM. Castle Rock is beautiful but we found the 10 miles or so leading to Berry Creek Falls near the end of this long trail to be the most stunning. Plenty of streams to re-up on water, especially on the tail end of the trail. Exhausting but we had a blast!

Dool trail now open. overall good hike. nice incline challenge and interesting sights to see.

Wonderful route. We started from Gazos creek up. Had lunch in front of the fireplace. It rained during the entire hiking. But the scenery was absolutely gorgeous.

Lots of redwoods! The beginning of the loop is a bit hard to follow with so many signs, but easy to follow once you get past all the shorter trails. Go early, as the parking lot was packed by noon. Moderate pace was able to finish the loop in 3.5 hours despite signs saying 6 hour. Don’t be discouraged by the “strenuous” signs!! $10 parking fee (but keep the receipt because you can use it all day at any California State Park).

hiking
2 months ago

Great easy hike ... went with kids. Lots of shade. Bridges and mushrooms. Picnic tables along the way for a little snack break :-)

Beautiful:-) Went on a Saturday morning. Blessed with only a few folks on the trail. Finished around 1430-parking lot packed by this time. My advice is to go early if you enjoy solitude. Many slugs, salamanders, and a variety of mushrooms were seen on the route.

Amazing trail. Moderate effort. Clear signs to the falls. Trail from skyline to sea trail then looped around to sunset trail took us 4.5 hours.

Awesome trail. I started early morning to avoid the crowds( 8:30 am). I went counterclockwise to hit the elevation earlier. There were some spots on the trail that was washed out, but I was able to find my way with the help of AllTrails. Very scenic, beautiful trail. All together, the trail took about 5 hours to finish

Over all great conditions and beautiful weather. Trail very well marked and only had some blown down trees to get around between Big Basin and Waddell Beach. No water at Waterman Gap Trail Camp so packed 5-6 liters starting at Castle Rock. Lots of water available at San Lorenzo River crossing, then again about a mile after that. Next water source wasn't for about 7 miles when you hit Boulder Creek which is not flowing very much but was enough to filter from. Fellow trail hikers said water was available at Tin Can Creek even though official reports said otherwise. No fires at any trail camp is a bit of a bummer, not even at Jay Camp which is in Big Basin. Fire rings were taken out of the Bike sites at Jay to prevent use by Trail Camp occupants. The stated reason was consistency. Not sure how that is a higher priority than selling firewood and s'mores materials to through hikers. Lots of lost revenue opportunities there I'm afraid. Rating a 5 for beauty and being in the incredible old growth forests of Big Basin. 3 for lack of water and fire rings. Overall a solid 4 IMO.

Unbelievable hike. The first section was a little odd because of the noise from the road and the firing range, but the second and third days were incredible. Amazing trail! I’d love to do it again solo in the spring, but the winter is good for the buggyness from what I’ve heard.

Did this 2/8/20 Did this as a day hike Started at 7 am lunch at big basin finished at 4 pm Parked a car at Waddel beach the night before. Great hike not difficult just long there is a detour just after park headquarters which added 2+ miles. Detour signage not the best

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blowdown
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rocky
3 months ago

Did this one in the fall with a friend, wonderful trail.

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blowdown
muddy
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rocky
3 months ago

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