Explore the most popular wild flowers 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.

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.

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.

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! :)

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

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!

3 months ago

Super easy,fun trail for kids and families. Just being among redwoods is amazing.

on Redwood Trail

3 months ago

Excellent warm up trail before embarking on some of the other trails at Big Basin. This is where you take all of your pictures with the huge old growth redwoods.

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.

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.

4 months ago

I did my first solo backpacking trip on this trail. The ascent to camp was what I’d consider moderate, starting on Skyline and gaining more elevation on Lane Hollow. My FitBit logged 252 flights climbed, but it was very much dispersed. I also logged 7.6 miles to camp, and 20 overall on this loop making it much longer than this says!

The descent was what I’d consider easy with no extended periods of incline or decline. It was very easy imon my knees and ankles with a pack.

Camp was lovely with six or so sites, a pit toilet, and a bear container for food. I didn’t filter water, but there are opportunities to do so.

The views are definitely on the way down on the Basin trail. The hike up and the campground are in pretty thick forest. I hiked for approximately seven hours with a 35 pound pack, just to give an idea of your timeline, and I am in fine hiking shape but otherwise, have had a very lazy season. I arrived at camp very early because I anticipated a more difficult hike.

5 months ago

Made a trip up to Big Basin after spending a night in Santa Cruz. Was a quick stop and this was the perfect trail to get out of the car and experience some beautiful Redwoods

6 months ago

Went to hike this trail but unfortunately I didn't bring enough water thanks to the record heat at the end of October.
The 4 1/2 miles in before I had to turn was beautiful though.
I'll get you next time Lane Trail Camp!!!

This trail was perfect for our 6 and 3.5 year olds. The older one loved the informative signs and they both loved the ease of the walk and the beautiful trees.

7 months ago

Love the trail, as well as the informative materials provided by the park. I would return to this trail in a heartbeat!

8 months ago

Great viewpoints during skyline to the sea trail. Camped at lane campground. Had to pack up early in the morning due to mosquitoes. Would recommend this hike

We did the Skyline to Sea trail to Berry Creek Falls, but there were a couple of detours due to trail closures (massive trees down early in the hike!)

Trail was gorgeous, waterfall was beautiful & much prettier than Sempervirens. Went on Friday morning, was not heavily trafficked & definitely had a "lost in nature" feeling.

We did an out & back from the falls, and on the way back to the HQ took Sunset Loop instead of the road detour back to Skyline to Sea! definitely recommend that.

9 months ago

Fun little trail, very informative.

Nice hike! Great views, redwoods, awesome scenery!

Such a beautiful place

Awesome trail with great rewards in terms of redwood trees and waterfall views.

10 months ago

A must if you're at Big Basin for the first time. Perfect for kids and older people. Very flat with awesome trees in the Grove. Mother of the Forest and Fathe of the Forest were fun to see and there are plenty of giants to get photos with.

Small loop good for warm up

10 months ago

Easy loop. Nice big tress. Definitely a warm up.

start early and bring loads of water!

11 months ago

Did part of this trail during a two night backpacking trip. We started at the Big Basin Headquarters and made our way to the Twin Redwoods trail camp. From there we headed to Sunset trail camp. This trail is wonderful and the weather makes backpacking a breeze. Both camps had bearboxes, bathrooms, and trashcans. Berry Creek falls is great and there are banana slugs and newts everywhere. Great place for beginners to backpack at.

Not bad, nice hike. Waterfalls are about 2-3' tall. There's better trails in the area. Still with checking out.

Sunday, April 02, 2017

Great afternoon trail. Took us about 2 hours round trip.

Sunday, March 19, 2017

This is quick little informational trail and is great to do before you go into the larger trails at Big Basin. Be sure to grab one of the little pamphlets on the way in so that you can follow along on the little stop points and learn about Redwoods, Douglas Firs and the Big Basin Redwood Forest. Highly recommend starting here.

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