Berry Creek Falls Loop [CLOSED]

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West Waddell Creek State Wilderness

Berry Creek Falls Loop [CLOSED] is a 18.0 kilometer heavily trafficked loop trail located near Boulder Creek, California that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, nature trips, and bird watching and is accessible year-round.

Distance: 18.0 km Elevation Gain: 712 m Route Type: Loop

hiking

nature trips

bird watching

forest

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

closed

fee

no dogs

This trail is experiencing full or partial closure due to COVID-19. Please see the open trails nearby for alternate hiking options. During winter there might be closures in this area due to flooding or high winds. Please check with the park before attempting. A strenuous loop that encounters picturesque waterfalls and beautiful redwood groves. From the park headquarters, take the Sunset Trail and then return via the Skyline to the Sea Trail. This is a counter-clockwise route. You can also hike this loop clockwise, but most people elect to hike it counter-clockwise. This is a state park and they charge $10 to park.

1 day ago

It was such a pretty hike. I can't wait to go again. they taped off the observation deck to try to maximize social distancing

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2 days ago

Good hike!! Nothing too crazy. A small detour but other than that, very smooth. Parking has been cut to half but we had no trouble finding a spot! Took us about 4.5 hours but my boyfriend and I are pretty fit. For the most part, you’re under the shade of the Redwoods but there’s a small stretch where you’ll hit direct sunlight. Highly recommend.

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closed
17 days ago

This trail & park is closed due to COVID-19. Got stopped by a park ranger. Instead I drove 20 min to do the Fall Creek and Lost Empire Trail in Henry Cowell which was a really awesome trail. Super beautiful!

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bugs
muddy
1 month ago

Can’t go wrong with any trail at big basin!

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muddy
2 months ago

Very enjoyable hike! Went while it was overcast and very light sprinkling out but it just adds to the forest atmosphere. It took myself about 5 hours to complete with many stops along the way to enjoy the views. It will be muddy in spots this time of year so make sure you have proper boots, besides that it’s a very easy going hike. If you enjoy taking photos there are lots of awesome views from the Redwoods to the Waterfalls! Highly recommend for anyone that wants to get out for the day during your “Social Distancing”. 5 Stars!

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2 months ago

This hike was even cooler than I thought it would be. Big Redwoods and a bunch of waterfalls, what else can you ask for? The waterfalls were pretty unique too in that the rock at the bottom of couple curves out, sort of like a quarter pipe for skating boarding. Some cool colors on those rocks as well. I went on a Saturday and it was less busy than I anticipated. Parking lot was less than half full when I arrived at 9 AM. Bring 10 bucks to park. Trail muddy in a couple places; some roots were slippery.

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muddy
2 months ago

Even though it rained for the entirety of the 6 hours it took us to do this loop, I have no regrets! There were no crowds and it was so beautiful. We saw 13 banana slugs, 20 salamanders, and one gigantic murder bird - aka, raven. There are minor closures at the beginning, but really good detour signage! Would 100% do this trail again. The falls were stunning. This is more on the moderate side, maybe considered strenuous for distance. Really good variety of up/down/flat so it doesn't feel hard at all. Garmin tracked 14.5 miles (maybe due to the detours, maybe a little bit off, but it feels like an accurate representation). Keep an eye on the weather and pack a poncho!

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2 months ago

Fantastic experience! A bit strenuous if you’re not too fit like my hiking buddy ;)

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muddy
2 months ago

Amazing hike and shaded loop trail. Hiked on a day with considerable rain, but the trail held up just fine. There was lots of water flowing in the waterfalls and streams. Loved the long series of waterfalls and path right next to them.

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3 months ago

Barry Creek Falls is a classic hike, the loop is on the longer side (10 miles) but it's mostly full coverage and the cadence of up and down is really nice and consistent. Because it's so far away from civilization it's nice and quiet, just make sure you go in the off season!

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3 months ago

Slightly strenuous, but completely worth the effort

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muddy
3 months ago

This was so beautiful. I went in the clockwise direction which made for a LOT of uphill hiking but it was worth it. The waterfalls were stunning. I saw 13 banana slugs and enjoyed the shade very much (I burn easily...) Utterly exhausted by the end, with very muddy boots.

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bugs
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rocky
4 months ago

Jan 2020 - Gorgeous waterfall-filled trail that clocks out at about 10-11 miles. The trail is labeled “strenuous,” and while it’s hard, it isn’t impossible. The trail is very muddy and wet in the winter months, and there may be downed trees you need to step or climb over. Don’t be deterred, just be ready to get a bit dirty. Since this is a 5-6 hour trail, start the hike in the morning so you aren’t hiking in the dark.

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bugs
fee
muddy
4 months ago

Great spot. Arrive early to complete the whole hike before dusk. My children ages 8,6 did great on the hike, but we hike often. This was our first attempt but were unable to finish because of time constraints.

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rocky
4 months ago

Began @8am on Jan 5,2020. As pretty as people say. Only saw 5 other people. Trees were down and across the trail, some hard to pass. Must have recently rained, super muddy and standing water. We kept going, taking minimal stops for snacks and water. My leg began to be sore and it slowed us down. Thank goodness we had hiking poles to support my slow walking. At 5:20pm it quickly began getting dark. We didn’t know how much longer to the end. Taped up signs were hard to follow/rain made them difficult to determine direction and there were some detours. 2 hours in the dark w/phone flashlight was incredibly hard. PHONE DOES NOT WORK THERE!! Cannot call for help. Thought maybe someone would come find us, but NO!! Everyone had gone home by 7pm and our car was only one there. 13.86 miles !!! Falls were beautiful but no fun in darkness.

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muddy
4 months ago

As of 1/11/20 Some portions of the trail are muddy I advised bringing trekking poles. Doing it clockwise will have a better view of the falls on your way up. a section of skyline trail is closed between the Howard king trail and sunset connector trail. Use dool trail, sunset trail and sunset connector trail to detour around the closed section. Trail is definitely not hard, it’s very peaceful and beautiful Took me almost 4hrs to complete the loop with very minimal breaks.

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muddy
4 months ago

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5 months ago

Nice beautiful trail. And beautiful water falls. Take water and snacks to stop and rest a bit to continue. It is a long hike. I say this is a moderate hike.

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6 months ago

Made it an even bigger loop by adding in basin trail towards the end

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6 months ago

Nice hike with beautiful waterfalls. I recommend going counterclockwise and turning around once you reach Golden Cascade. The hike after Golden Cascade isn’t very thrilling and you just want to get back to your car at that point. At least if you turn around and go back the way you came you can see the waterfalls again :)

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6 months ago

Great trail! You can marvel at size of the redwoods while trekking through microclimates, some areas warm and others pretty cool especially if you go early in the morning and make pit stops near the waterfalls. Be sure to etch your name into the giant slab of rock that comes up along the trail.

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6 months ago

Great trail with beautiful waterfalls! well maintained and labeled. Mostly shaded. Recommend a light jacket. If you have a water filtration system, you can re-fill water at golden cascades or silver falls. Otherwise would recommend carrying around 2 L per person. Hiked this counter clockwise and reached the falls by lunch time. It’s the perfect spot to take pictures and watch the falls as you eat lunch.

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7 months ago

Definitely a mild moderate, not strenuous... but don’t get me wrong, I definitely enjoyed the hike. Not any views, outside of the waterfalls that although small - were enjoyed thoroughly. Great place to take a break, grab a bite and listen. Overall it was a great day trip out to Big Basin. Side note: I don’t really understand the other comments that state it’s a long hike... it says it’s an 11 mile trail. With that being said, if someone is used to or is wanting a peak with great views - this is not the place for you, but if you can enjoy the views of the towering trees and the tranquil sounds of the falls, then come on in and explore.

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