no dogs


nature trips

trail running




kid friendly


wild flowers


Superlatives define Big Basin Redwoods State Park in the Santa Cruz Mountains. California’s oldest state park - covering more than 18,000 acres from sea level to more than 2,000 feet elevation - launched the state park movement in California. Big Basin’s biggest attraction – literally – is a rare stand of awe-inspiring, ancient coast redwoods that are among the tallest and oldest trees on Earth. Some measure close to 300 feet tall and 50 feet in circumference. Scientists estimate that these trees may range from 1,000 to 2,000 years old. Spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean, lush waterfalls, more than 80 miles of roads and trails, and a fascinating natural and cultural history have beckoned millions of visitors to Big Basin since 1902. Each season offers a different park experience. The intense greens of mosses contrast with the subtle colors of lichens and mushrooms during wet winters. Rushing waterfalls and wildflowers abound in the cool, foggy spring. Find a shady getaway from inland heat in summertime. Fall offers pleasant weather without storms, pests or extreme heat. The park is about 65 miles south of San Francisco. From Santa Cruz travel approx 25 miles northwest via Highways 9 and 236 to reach Park Headquarters. Park Headquarters is 9 miles north of the town of Boulder Creek on State Hwy 236. All roads into Big Basin are curvy. The Rancho Del Oso coastal unit of Big Basin is accessible on State Route 1, about 20 miles north of the city of Santa Cruz. The Day Use Annual Pass is accepted at this park. Dogs are only allowed on the paved trails.

good hike. start at dawn. the coastal fog can set a real enchantment.

2 days ago

3 days ago

Great loop, shaded for most of the way with beautiful redwood groves

Definitely a challenging trail, but as an infrequent hiker I found it manageable. Came in around 11.5 miles for me, which took roughly 4 hours with a couple of breaks. Would recommend hiking it clockwise as the hike up the waterfalls was pretty. Overall the trail was marked well and in good shape, but doesn't hurt to ask a ranger to highlight the route on a map. Bring plenty of water and snacks as it can get warm as the day goes on.

5 days ago

Most of the trail runs alongside the toad. I agree with other reviewers that you may want to drive up to the falls(which are small) and hike another trail. I was disappointed because the trail does not have that "away in nature" feel.

7 days ago

A great view from the top of the surrounding valleys. A bit tricky to find the trail but grab a map from the ranger station and they can point you in the right direction
Took about 2 hrs

Hiked this on Saturday starting at 5pm! Due to some trail closures from storm damage the GPS recorded it as 11.7 miles in 3:15 hours. Bring plenty of water as I used 2L of fluids but gave away over a 1L of fluids to other hikers who were not prepared. Berry Creek waterfall was awesome and there is plenty of water even this late in the season. It was running strong. I hike this trail several times a year and each time too many people are getting caught without proper planning (water, flashlight, food and sugars etc). It is really beautiful place but be prepared.

It was an easy to moderate hike. It wasn't stroller friendly (FYI for parents w young kids). The waterfall was a bit lack luster as well as the scenery throughout the trail. However, it was a good work out and kids did enjoy running up through the hills.

More challenging way to get to berry creek falls. The view is great at the top of mountains if it there's no fog over the ocean. Bring a lot of water.

9 days ago

9 days ago

9 days ago