Explore the most popular waterfall 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.

Trail too close to the road. You spend a lot of time watching your footing due to all the roots, etc., so be sure to stop once in a while to look up at the fabulous trees! Saw several gray squirrels and a deer VERY close to the parking lot!

on Sequoia Trail

16 days ago

Nice trees. Bring along a map as the trail options are many. No cell coverage on the trail (which is a good thing!)

It was my first ever backcountry camping hike and boy did I pick a winner. Sat by the falls and made myself some coffee while listening to the rush of water and watching the trees. This is your classic redwood hike among the trees, it will not disappoint!

Also watch out for ticks!

Fun hike. I love hiking in the redwoods and seeing the waterfalls and full creek beds. Banana slugs and salamanders were in abundance. We checked in with the ranger before the hike, and she gave us a hi-lighted map showing detours due to trail closures. Current hike is smidgen over 11. Go early (we were in the trail by 8:45), have a nice lunch at the waterfalls and enjoy the beautiful California redwoods.

Go early by 8 or 9 to have the trail to yourself. We hiked all the way to the waterfall without seeing anyone and had the view on the lookout point to ourselves. Started to see a lot more hikers on our way back.

hiking
1 month ago

Started at HQ. easy walk to the Sempervirens Falls. From there we took the Sequoia Trail up the hill and across the 236 to skyline to sea. That was much prettier

The longest hike I have done till now and the most beautiful one too. Beautiful waterfalls. Gigantic redwoods. Silent nature.
Carry enough fluids and food. Sit near each waterfall, on the fallen redwoods and refuel yourself. Enjoyed this hike to the fullest. I will be going once again for this same hike soon.

Yes it runs next to a road. But as with most trails in a very busy Big Basin Park? If you want less people and/or cars? Early bird gets the worm :). I made this short little hike on a Monday morning at 8 am and I got to enjoy the falls and only saw one other person in the hour I was there. I was already back to my car at 11 am and planning my next trail as I noticed the crowds and car noise finally beginning to build

Probably the second hardest hike I have done. Not in terms of difficult and steepness, but rather in terms of mere length. Bring lots of water and start early. The view of the waterfalls (multiple water falls :)) is worth the hike! enjoy guys! :)

hiking
1 month ago

Large portion of the trail runs alongside the road which takes the serenity out of the hike whenever a car drives by. The second half after passing Shadowbrook trail was much better with road noise. Overall the hike was pleasant, and relaxing. Small detour to see the falls. I would rate this as an easy hike.

walking
2 months ago

Absolutely beautiful, but then again so is almost all of Big Basin. It's a nice walk and the trees are a sight in themselves. There isn't anything especially striking throughout the path so not worth investing as a main event in your trip. However, for those only looking for an easy 30-45 min walk among some friendly giants, this path is absolutely for you.

Will absolutely do this trail again, beautiful views and rewarding for the effort you put into it. Invigorating!

hiking
3 months ago

Probably closer to a 3.5. Nice hike for kids or someone just starting out hiking. Depends when you hit the trail. Going out very busy & some car noise from the road that runs next to the trail. Coming back however was much quieter so you could enjoy the Redwoods. Lots of places to stop and grab lunch

Beautiful hike. Mainly under the shade of redwoods, but with occasional treks at higher elevations in the sun. Definitely wear layers!!! You can go from chilly to sweating in a heartbeat. Wear good hiking shoes or sneakers with traction; parts of the trail near the waterfalls are VERY slippery (it is quite damp down there, and you have to traverse up, down and across some very wet and muddy rocks). If you do the full loop, prepare for a long hike -- bring snacks and water, and start no later than 11am (especially in the winter when the days are shorter). NOTE: There were several detours along the way due to weather-damaged areas, and I'm pretty certain I did at least an extra mile or two because of them. Just be prepared!

on Sequoia Trail

hiking
3 months ago

Nice easy trail with mellow elevation change. It took us 3 hours at a stroll. The waterfall halfway through is a nice snack break with a view. Highly recommended as an intro trail to Big Basin.

Very nice trail with lots of vegetation. Waterfall is nothing special as you can see better ones on the Cataract Trail by Mt Tam. Parking is expensive, but staff is extremely friendly. I would recommend doing this at least once just to say you did it.

hiking
3 months ago

Sequoia Trail, Northern Escape Road, Redwood Trail totalling 6 miles. Trail map and signage could be better. Otherwise, we were awed to be among such beauty. Recommend for 7 and up.

hiking
3 months ago

Easy to follow the trail with visible signs. The complete loop is more about 4.5 miles.

3 months ago

Nice easy trail

Beautiful well maintained trail. Part of it was detoured which made it longer. Bring at least 2 Liters of water per person. We packed a light lunch which was nice to have near one of the falls. I have done Waddell Beach to the falls once and had no idea there's so many more falls going the top route!

My husband took me as a surprise, I had wished I had worn my neoprene socks because I ended up with blisters.

No dogs are allowed. However someone had a horse on the trail so at some parts where the trail was very skinny we had to dodge giant horse poo piles

beautiful trail, minus the gunshots from the range, and minus the mountain lion!! other than that great trail. Lol.

Meteor trail is amazing! Thick damp forest with banana slugs and wild mushrooms.

The Middle Ridge is a fire road but the forest is gorgeous and it was fun to climb out of the Redwoods into a completely different ecosystem on the ridge. Geologists will enjoy the ridge for it’s unusual rock formations.

Decent one

hiking
5 months ago

Beautiful redwood trees and groves throughout the trail. Very easy except for one small section where elevation gains and gets your heart pumping (assuming you start at the designated trail head). Waterfall was quite small. Saw one giant redwood tree which was fantastic. We hiked just before sunset so it was quite cool and fully shaded.

Great trail with waterfall point but alot if trail follows nearby campsite roads

walking
6 months ago

The trail is clearly marked, it has 2-3 more difficult areas but overall it is an easy train.

hiking
6 months ago

Nice hike, but I would not consider this easy. We were told that it would be flat and good for kids, but it is decidedly not flat and far too long for our 3.5-year-old to walk on his own. Sure, there are flat stretches, but mostly it is up and down (not too strenuous) and lots of roots to walk over. The first half runs along a road, which, although not heavily trafficked, was kind of a disappointment and didn't feel secluded. The second half runs away from the road, which is better. Bottom line: If you have little kids, I would avoid this trail. Otherwise, it should be ok for most skill levels (except the one major uphill portion - see below). Here are some pros and cons overall:

PROS:
--Beautiful old growth trees
--Mostly shaded, so nice and cool; back half gets a little sun exposure
--Nice waterfall halfway (we were there in Oct, so it was at a low point)
--Totally doable for most adult skill levels

CONS:
--First half runs along a road. It's not heavily trafficked, but it gives a sense of not being very secluded.
--Not flat, as advertised. NOT suitable for young (under 5) kids. Just too long.
--There is a MAJOR uphill climb about halfway through, where the trail forces you to walk up a steep rock face to join up with the rest of the trail. With a toddler in tow and a baby in a backpack, it was quite strenuous. The trail evens out again once you're up there.

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