Looking for a great trail in Big Basin Redwoods State Park, California? AllTrails has 33 great hiking trails, 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 17 moderate trails in Big Basin Redwoods State Park ranging from 1.7 to 24.6 miles and from 387 to 2,490 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!

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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, giant ancient coast redwood groves that are home to 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, old-growth redwood forest, more than 80 miles of paved roads and popular 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. Beautiful waterfalls, banana slugs, 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 entrances into Big Basin are windy roads. 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.

It was windy and trees were falling

Much of the trail is currently closed but they do provide detours to allow you to make it to the falls. It is not a super hilly hike and can be done by people of all ages and most fitness levels. It would also make for a decent trail to run if you’re into that kinda thing.

Kind of a boring trail... forget about the view of any sea.... don’t know why “sea” is in the name of the trail. Take me about 3 - 4 hours

Moderate hike, 5 miles round trip. Most of the hike is in the shade under redwood trees until you come to the sunny and sandy ridge. Beautiful, quiet hike with small stream.

hiking
blowdown
bridge out
8 days ago

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

backpacking
blowdown
muddy
over grown
rocky
13 days ago

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

backpacking
blowdown
muddy
over grown
rocky
14 days ago

hiking
muddy
14 days ago

really lovely trail. pretty muddy this time of year but we arrived at 10am to find it nice and quiet. we climbed slippy rock and it was by definition, pretty slippy, but fairly easy to climb for those with a good level of fitness

hiking
14 days ago

I would say this is more of a long walk than a hike. It's nice and quiet. There are a few moments where you'll need to make sure you stay on the right path, as 1 or 2 of the poles with the path names are missing them. I'd suggest making sure to download the map from here on AllTrails before heading up to the park.

hiking
bugs
over grown
15 days ago

hiking
muddy
15 days ago

hiking
15 days ago

A bit muddy this time of year, so I’d recommend some footwear with some grip. Other than that it’s a great trail through some amazing redwoods. Pretty highly trafficked on the weekend, so if you’re looking for something more remote this may not be for you

hiking
muddy
20 days ago

Beautiful trail this time of year with gushing waterfalls and lush vegetation. We were grateful for good hiking boots and poles in a few muddy spots, especially on the steeper sections.

Actually a 5.2 mile hike. Super nice. I did the loop clockwise which was slightly more challenging on the ascent but way more forgiving on the steady and very muddy decline. Went in the middle of January (presumably after a rain storm)

hiking
muddy
22 days ago

Hiked counter clockwise. Beautiful day. Muddy and slick in few spots. Not many people on the trail the first 2 miles at 9:00a, lots of parking availability at that time.

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