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Best trails in Big Basin Redwoods State Park, California

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Looking for a great trail in Big Basin Redwoods State Park, California? AllTrails has 39 great hiking trails, trail running trails, forest trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Ready for some activity? There are 21 moderate trails in Big Basin Redwoods State Park ranging from 1.7 to 24.6 miles and from 29 to 2,490 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
Description

Waterfalls, redwood forest, and miles of serene trails... Big Basin Redwoods State Park has everything to offer, within a short drive from San Francisco, San Jose, and Santa Cruz. This park is California's oldest, spanning more than 18,000 acres, and more than 2,000 feet in elevation. Day Use Annual Passes are accepted here. Dogs are only allowed on the paved trails.

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Map of trails in Big Basin Redwoods State Park, California
Park information
Acreage:
18,000 acres
Park hours
Monday
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Friday
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sunday
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Contact
831-338-8860
Helpful links
Top trails (39)
#1 - Berry Creek Falls Loop [CLOSED]
Big Basin Redwoods State Park
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Length: 10.2 mi • Est. 5 h 5 m
Berry Creek Falls is one of the most visited routes in Big Basin Redwoods State Park and for good reason. While the intensity of the falls varies depending on the time of year, these falls are beautiful and visit worthy year round! The area has an abundance of giant ferns, moss, and small streams as well as lots of local fauna. The moderately hard hike travels through the lush groves of old growth redwood trees and giant sequoias of the beautiful Santa Cruz mountains. The route also visits Silver Falls, Cascade Falls just a mile upstream as well as giving hikers a chance to see many species of butterflies during the right time of year! From the park headquarters, take the Sunset Trail and then return via the Skyline to the Sea Trail. This is a single track counter-clockwise route. You can also hike this loop clockwise, but most people elect to hike it counter-clockwise. The elevation gain is slow and steady and it is recommended that visitors bring plenty of water. This is a state park and they require a state park pass or charge $10 to park. Show more
#2 - Sequoia Trail [CLOSED]
Big Basin Redwoods State Park
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Length: 4.3 mi • Est. 2 h 8 m
The Sequoia Trail is an amazing example of nature in the Big Basin Redwoods State Park, and is perfect as a beginner level day hike for any user. Since the length and elevation gain are moderately easy, this is a great option for building our endurance on the journey to completing more challenging hikes. This trail is flat pretty much the whole time except at Slippery Rock which offers a short but steep incline, which is also a culturally significant location with very flat rock that indigenous people used as a mortar and pestle! Close to the waterfall, users can use stairs to get to a nice viewpoint to get closer vantages for great photos and a mist experience. From here, users can also view the Opal Mineral Pool below, which is iconic and a sight to behold. From this location, the trail can be treated as either an out-and-back by simply returning, or continuing along the AllTrails verified route loop. As the trail continued higher, the gorgeous Sequoia trees provided shade for most of the way, and the trail can at times be slippery in spring and fall when intense rain can occur. While there may not be panoramic views like more challenging hikes would offer, this trail is unique in the access to natural landscape. Day use for this area costs $10, and must be paid in cash. Parking can be difficult to find during the summer or nicer spring and fall weekends, and users should be prepared to wait in line when paying if busy. If users require additional parking, there is more available further down the road at other parking lots. Users also recommend bringing bug spray in the spring and early summer, since the further into this hike, the more bug bites that will happen. Show more
#3 - Skyline-to-the-Sea Trail: Saratoga Gap Route [CLOSED]
Big Basin Redwoods State Park
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Length: 24.5 mi • Est. 10 h 51 m
Two of the Bay Area's most popular hiking locales -- Castle Rock and Big Basin Redwoods state parks -- promise one of the region's top backpacking experiences. A three-day, 25-plus-mile hike through these parks from the crest of the Santa Cruz Mountains to the Pacific Ocean shows off everything to see in the South Bay woods, from the old growth redwoods towering above to the banana slugs creeping along the forest floor. A popular version of this hike begins at the eastern terminus of the Skyline-to-the-Sea Trail, at the intersection of Highways 9 and 35 (Saratoga Gap). The first third of Skyline-to-the-Sea tracks along a highway and is otherwise unremarkable, so a superior option is to start from the Castle Rock State Park headquarters a few miles south of the gap on Highway 35. Castle Rock offers wonderful vistas of the mountains stretching to the sea, and a safe overnight parking lot. The second and third days of the hike traverse ancient redwoods in Big Basin Redwoods State Park, passing the impressive Berry Creek Falls and ending at the edge of America at Waddell Beach on the Pacific Ocean.Show more
#4 - Berry Creek Falls Trail [CLOSED]
Big Basin Redwoods State Park
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Length: 7.2 mi • Est. 3 h 57 m
This is an alternative to the much more popular Berry Creek Falls Loop, which can also be found on AllTrails. This trail goes to the falls and then back to the parking area.Show more
#5 - Sempervirens Falls Trail [CLOSED]
Big Basin Redwoods State Park
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Length: 3.1 mi • Est. 1 h 25 m
An easy stroll on the Sequoia Trail leads to the picturesque Semperviren Falls. Dogs are allowed in the campsites, picnic areas, and on paved roads only.Show more
#6 - Sunset, Berry Creek Falls and Howard King Trail Loop [CLOSED]
Big Basin Redwoods State Park
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Length: 10.5 mi • Est. 6 h 7 m
#7 - Skyline to the Sea and Meteor Trail Loop [CLOSED]
Big Basin Redwoods State Park
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Length: 4.7 mi • Est. 2 h 29 m
Meteor Trail is a great trail to wander among the giants at Big Basin Redwoods State Park without the crowds on the more popular trails. The Meteor Trail tracks Rodgers Creek up to Middle Ridge Road. In winter and early spring the creek burbles to life, making this one of the best riparian hikes at Big Basin. And on clear days, Ocean View Summit from Middle Ridge Road offers an expansive view all the way to the Pacific Ocean. One stop along the way -- Maddock Cabin Site -- offers an intriguing window on the lives of settlers who eked out a rough existence among the redwoods. The matriarch of the Maddock clan had two simple wishes for her children: that they get a good education and avoid being eaten by grizzly bears. The cabin's long gone but interpretive panels tell the Maddock family's story. At six miles, with a healthy climb to Middle Ridge, it's a nice workout without being especially strenuous.Show more
#8 - Redwood Trail [CLOSED]
Big Basin Redwoods State Park
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Length: 0.6 mi • Est. 16 m
See some of the world's tallest trees along this easy, well-maintained hiking trail. A great hike for young kids. The Redwood Trail at Big Basin Redwoods State Park loop offers easy access to some of the tallest and oldest Redwoods anywhere. The fact that the trail is flat and well-maintained, combined with the well-marked attractions along the way make this a perfect hike for families with young children. The main attractions along this trail are Father of the Forest (known for its wide circumference), Mother of the Forest (the tallest tree in Big Basin) and The Chimney Tree (whose hollow trunk offers a spectacular view up into the sky).Show more
#9 - Dool Trail, Meteor Trail and Sequoia Trail [CLOSED]
Big Basin Redwoods State Park
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Length: 6.3 mi • Est. 2 h 33 m
#10 - Skyline-to-the-Sea Trail: Castle Rock Route [CLOSED]
Big Basin Redwoods State Park
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Length: 27.1 mi • Est. 11 h 55 m
This map shows the full Skyline-to-the-Sea route from the Castle Rock State Park entrance. Be advised that trail camps may not have trash collection and/or water available; check park conditions before starting out. Reservations are required to use the campgrounds and you may need up to a two month lead time. Call 831-338-8861 for same-day reservations. Show more
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