Berry Creek Falls Trail is a 9.5 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Boulder Creek, California that features a waterfall and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.
A strenuous loop that encounters picturesque waterfalls and beautiful redwood groves. From the Park HQ take the Skyline to the Sea Trail then return via the Sunset Trail. Long hike through old-growth redwoods to shimmering waterfalls is a Bay Area favorite. Redwoods and waterfalls make this the best hike in the San Francisco Bay Area. Veteran Berry Creek Falls hikers recommend a counter-clockwise loop starting on the Sunset Trail, turning left on to the Berry Creek Falls Trail, taking another left onto the Skyline-to-the-Sea trail, which returns to the trailhead.
Closed trails but Worth ignoring to see the falls
I did this hike with a group of friends late spring of 2016. The drive to get there is windy so road sick travelers beware. Many trails to choose from, permits at the front office. The entrance is very shady and the number of visitors/hikers were up there.
Now the beginning of the trail itself is fairly level with little inclines/declines. Trail markers make this hike easy to navigate. The loop I tracked was 10 miles overall. Midway through the hike, you start to climb. But it's gradual and this is where the trees open up and if it's sunny, just bring a hat. You hike along a peaceful creek, as you head back down the mountain. The crowd grows as you get closer to the falls and is where people like to people watch. The platform is small so photo opportunities may be limited or you just will have to wait. Hiking over the falls takes you upon smaller waterfalls. Here the trails are a mix of flat dirt, to stairs. As you pass these smaller chains of falls, the trail takes you higher again and where the hat comes in handy as the trees clear up slightly.
The trail then brings you back down and around, mostly downhill at this point.
I did this hike about 7 years ago. Super beautiful as I remembered! Would highly recommend it. Especially taking the trail that leads to the beach. About a 12 mile hike or so. Hope to go again soon!
great trail lots of obstacle this season with all the rain but was allot of fun
True Santa Cruz Mountains classic! Exemplary temperate rainforest setting; Redwoods, ferns, and ample climbs with clear/flowing descents. Gorgeous waterfall views and stream crossings - not big water, but loud crashing whitewater drainages during winter and spring months.
Great Hike! First off, the trail is 13.9 miles from the parking lot and back from the loop. It is not 9 miles so plan accordingly. It is more the length of the hike than the hike itself that is strenuous. Decided to do the hike with me lady few days after the storm and got more of an adventure than expected. As we were buying our parking pass, the lady at the front desk highlighted the berry creek loop trail on the map. She also showed us a separate map of where the trails were covered by down trees, due to the storm. The trail itself was well labeled at the beginning and end of the loop but the center of the trails could use more pegs to let us know we are in the right direction. The falls were amazing a full of water, many photo opportunities. Also it will require you to climb up and over trees and stray off trails slightly due to fallen brush and trees. At one point the trail completely disappeared and if it were not for other hikers coming from the opposite directionwe would not know where the trail picked up again. In addition, some parts of the trail were extremely muddy so prepare to get muddy. Otherwise amazing hike.
One of the best hike I covered so far ...
Went Sunday 1/15 3 days after a heavy rainstorm. Trail was a bit muddy but not overly so. Some downed trees that needed to be climbed over. The trees are slippery so care is needed. Trail is not overly hard but does take 4-5 hours to complete with time for pictures. Most of the day is in the gulch within redwoods. The main fall is pretty but there isn't really a great viewpoint for DSLR photo taking. The brush and small trees are obstructing the falls slightly. There is a platform up close but not really the shot I wanted. It was very busy out there. Lots of people everywhere that had limited sense that other people are around them. A bit "loud" and hard to pass people on the trail. If you can come through the week. Tip: In the winter they close the parking kiosk. Go directly to the park HQ to get your parking permit.