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Berry Creek Falls Trail [CLOSED] is a 7.2 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Boulder Creek, California that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is accessible year-round.

Length 7.2 mi Elevation gain 1,545 ft Route type Out & Back
Hiking Forest Views Waterfall Wild flowers Wildlife Closed No dogs
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As of August 2020, this park is currently closed due to wildfire until further notice. See here for more info: https://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=30009 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.

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Completed (2012)
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Rajaram Srinivasan
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Shreya Deodhar
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Awesome Waterfall.. Trail is great too. but currently, due to covid 19 detours, we had to do 10.5 miles to complete this hike. Also there are too many mosquitoes, please use bug repellent.

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Sonja Garcia
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Laila Hashimi
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This is one of the most beautiful trail , it’s very hard hike the loop takes about 6 hrs to complete and it’s 14.5 miles lots of uphill need lots of water and bugs spray.. the waterfall is not that full but still worth the hike ..

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Rachana Raj Sunku
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Went to the trail on July 5. Please please note that this berry creek falls trail which is out and back is converted to one-way. So the only option is to make the ‘berry creek falls loop’ which is around 11 mile hike. Great hike! Took us around 7 hours(with stops to enjoy the waterfall). Please wear full pant and shirt since there are lot of mosquitoes, also recommend carrying lots and lots of water.

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Shana McCarl
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This hike starts out in Big Basin Park, so make sure you Google that area to find the trailhead. It's a very beautiful and shady hike, but due to Covid you cannot do out and back because all trails are one-way. You have to do the loop if you want to do this hike.

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Jennifer Vue
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DO NOT Google Berry Creek Falls Trail. That will actually lead you to Chalk Mountain Hike, which takes 13mi to get to Berry Creek...one way. Just Google Waddell Creek or Big Basin Redwood State Park. This is a Very strenuous ~13.5 mi roundtrip hike. Please follow the road marked for cars and horses. DO NOT TAKE THE TRAIL MARKED FOR HIKERS, weird as it sounds. The very few signs you see are likely lying about the remaining distance you have, IMO. There's about 7 bridges you'll cross. Bring LOTS of food and water. You will be rewarded with about 5 total waterfalls at the end. I recommend biking here! You will have to lock the bike and cross after a certain area though.

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Ryan Lee
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Amazing hike! The trails are only one way at the moment, so this hike is strenuous - at least 10 miles. You have to take the Skyline To The Sea Trail to the falls, then take the Sunset Trail back. There are three amazing waterfalls along the route though, so it's well worth the effort. The views along the entire hike are incredible. It's mostly shaded, but there's a good amount of up and downhill. And as of June 23, 2020, the trails are open (just one way) and so are the campsites.

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Jelli Arte
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Loved this one so much. I think this is probably my favorite one for the coastal redwoods here in California. The drive there was a bit windy of course as usual as is for many hiking trails. Can be easy to wear out brakes so do be careful driving. $10 parking fee and can pay with atm. The trail itself, very easy to follow for the most part as long as you read the signs. As per suggestion, we took skyline to sea trail to berry falls then sunset back that way we are walking to the waterfalls and not with it behind us as a previous post suggested which was very pretty. Sunset trail isn’t as scenic as skyline to sea however. So if you want to just hike to the falls using skyline to sea to berry falls then go back the same way you came in, that’s fine. You’re not really missing all that much taking sunset trail. However doing the route that we did was nice just because it was a loop through the redwoods and we can see the very top of the waterfalls. Because trail is long, definitely great to have a water filter handy! I used it to refill. I also do agree this trail is moderate. Taking sunset back up requires incline but I did fine maybe because of proper pacing. I don’t think this trail is hard, just more so long! Completed 13 miles and it felt amazing. Go when you get the chance. And also bring bug spray. I got so many mosquito bites after doing this trail. Never had so many in my life till now haha. So make sure you have good bug spray. :)

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Rick Gaston
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Beautiful hike, just went up to Golden Cascade and back. Rattlesnake beside the trail just beyond Berry Creek Falls made a number of people detour off trail a bit!

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Juan Chavez
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This hike is finally open again! The recording on the app was acting weird and over estimated our hike. This hike was really nice and the hike to the falls is so worth it!

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Christina Herron
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Safa Faheem
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Great hike! It was about ~7-8 miles altogether. Super doable, and despite the elevation map making it appear as if it's straight up-hill on the way back, the trail felt very leveled with lots of flat parts. It didn't feel as strenuous as most 'moderate' hikes I've done. Even a 4-year old that was with us easily did half of this hike, so I would say it's family friendly as well. Trail was well-paved, a little confusing as to which turns to take at the fork in the roads but the AllTrails GPS was very helpful for this, and the hike was mostly shaded. Beautiful views too of the waterfall at the end. All around, would highly recommend!

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Monika Postova
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The trail is longer than the app indicates. It was nearly 18km and took us 4hours. Otherwise great hike in the woods and waterfall. Definitely worth it.

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Kevin Nguyen
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Sheila Ojeda
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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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Kali Marie
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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?

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Kurt Schwabe
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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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David Hsieh
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We found a clear open window in these 2 weeks worth of rains, and decided thi do an in and out to the waterfalls. the trail to the berry creek falls is well shaded and had absolutely gorgeous views. adding a short distance to the falls made the hike closer to 8.1 miles - my recording is slightly off due to losing some GPS coverage.

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Oleg Varvara
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Jingting Wu
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amazing trail, this went from big basin HQ to Red Twinwoods trail camp. same path to Alder trail camp and Wadell Beach! path is loops through Mt McAbee

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Eli Cohan
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Not much going on here. The falls are ok but not spectacular. Definitely not worth the 10.5 mile hike.

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Abril User
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Part of the trail was washed out so the detour made it a bit longer. Nice hike, lots of waterfalls, felt long tho

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Cooper Douglas Raterink
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The south side of the loop is where the waterfalls are. If you head west on this path you see the waterfalls from the bottom first. The whole trail is shaded and quite cool.

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Breanna Rittmann
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Such a great shady trail, moderately up and down. Husband and I did it in 3.75 hours with some short breaks and did it counterclockwise. It was less crowded this direction in our opinion. Such beautiful waterfalls, saw 3 in a row!! Started at like 3:15 and ended at 7pm. Would definitely recommend again! Great summer hike since it’s not super muddy and totally shaded. Some closures but really easily marked trails.

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Scott McCullough
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NOTE: the map is NOT Berry Creek Falls Trail. This description pertains to the Berry Creek Falls Trail. We hiked Berry Creek Falls Trail on day 4 of an extended Skyline to the Sea trip. This segment of the trip was absolutely stunning. Beginning at Sunset Trail Camp, the trail descends through the lush, shaded, green Berry Creek Valley. There are a good number of old growth redwoods along the route, and the impression of the ferns, trees, mosses, and falls are very “Jurassic Park.” The north to south route is ideal. It is downhill the whole way. More importantly, the falls appear as a progressive sequence that gets better at each turn. There are many“take your breath away” moments. This was our favorite portion of our backpacking trip, and I highly recommend this trail.

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Ashley Kimrey
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Did this a couple weekends ago. We went at 9am and the parking lots were already packed. Our hike was beautiful. We walked it rather quickly and were done within 3.5 hours. There were quite a few people on the trail. lots of mosquitos, bring bug spray!

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