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.

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muddy
1 day ago

Gorgeous hike through redwoods and quiet backwoods groves. Sempervirens Falls was pretty. Extremely muddy in some sections though. I was slipping around even with good boots and poles. Worth the trek though.

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muddy
2 days ago

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muddy
8 days ago

Great hike through the woods, only a few spots with great views, but the trees and the greens, the smell of moss and grass were amazing.

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fee
muddy
9 days ago

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muddy
9 days ago

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closed
muddy
over grown
private property
9 days ago

This trail is absolutely gorgeous. There is a pretty consistent rotation in terrain which allows for a variety of views, making every other mile refreshing and incredibly enjoyable. Now, I did this trail in the winter right after a rainy season. For that reason, the trail was closed off at the 10 mile mark (going counter clockwise) due to safety concerns. I did notice a handful of fallen trees and slick mud on the way there, so that makes sense. I imagine the trail will reopen as soon as it all dries out. Cannot wait to be back and complete the entirety of the 28mile loop! :D Have fun out there!

Beautiful trail through redwoods and wonderful view at the top. A relatively gentle uphill climb. Need to pay $10 parking fee at park headquarters and park there and then follow trails near the road to Bloom Creek camping area to get to the true start of the hike. Following the map more or less got me to Pine Mtn Trail.

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muddy
15 days ago

Such a lovely and enchanting trail! The majority of it is under the canopy, so it was quite chilly. However, it was fun to find so many fungi and banana slugs. Would recommend hiking clockwise on the loop. Initially, we were only going to do the out and back to Berry Creek Falls, but decided to do the full loop because it was so beautiful. Going clockwise allowed us to see the smaller falls in their full glory. To see the smaller falls, best to do this hike during the rainy season.

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blowdown
fee
muddy
16 days ago

I went clockwise and think it was a good choice. Muddy in spots, but nothing dramatic. Great hike to get away from the crowds.

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muddy
16 days ago

absolutely breathtaking. every moment of this hike was lovely. we went in Jan on a dry day and it was perfection!

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muddy
19 days ago

The main loop trail is closed but this option is great. Very well marked and maintained. Nearly all uphill on the way back. Redwoods, creeks, waterfalls, banana slugs! What’s not to love here?

Great hike, we didn't see a single person along the way today (12/29/19). Made it to Buzzards Roost before the rain started and then had a lovely rainy forest walk back.

Tried to do this hike today but no day use parking allowed at Little Basin campground, so be warned you either have to park before Little Basin Way and hike along the road for approx 2miles before the campground or have to have a camping reservation.

Get there early and have the place to yourself for a couple of hours. I started around 9am and came across 3 other sets of hikers during the out and back but by the time I returned around 1:15 the parking lot was full. However there are so many trail options in Big Basin it never felt crowded. Beautiful old growth redwoods and a couple of redwood cathedral rings along the way. The trail can get sloppy muddy in parts so wear boots with good tread. Berry Creek falls is worth the trek. Apple Watch logged it at 4.25 to the first viewing point and about 4.45 to the second viewing point on a large, sturdy wooden platform. This puts the out and back at a minimum 8.4 miles - 9 if you make the extra 200m to the second viewing area. It’s possible the trees skewed the satellite readings but play it safe and plan for a 9 mile RT, not 7.2.

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blowdown
24 days ago

Amazing trail. from headquarters head north on skyline to the sea trail. Go Meteor Trail then West Middle ridge Road. South on Dool Trail, you will head back to headquarters. There’s an Ocean View Summit on Middle Ridge Rd., incredible views from the top!

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muddy
no shade
25 days ago

Short loop! Amazing

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26 days ago

Super short and easy trail. Grab a paper pamphlet on your way in, which explains each of the guideposts along the way. Learned something new about redwoods!

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muddy
26 days ago

Beautiful hike! Lots of gigantic, gorgeous redwood trees. However, the first 1/3 of the hike is along a road so it breaks the illusion of being submerged in pure nature. Also, the trails are pretty muddy and it was pretty cold so I would suggest wearing, at the very least, some trail runners and a warm jacket. If you're wearing road running shoes with no tread it could be difficult to get through some of the muddier parts.

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muddy
1 month ago

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