Berry Creek Falls Trail

HARD 486 reviews

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.

DISTANCE
9.5 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
2244 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

no dogs

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.

hiking
6 hours ago

Nice hike, took us about 4 hours. Gorgeous waterfall, although there weren’t all that great of views outside of that, and part of the loop is closed.

hiking
13 hours ago

One of the most satisfying hikes I've ever done. Agree with the counter-clockwise loop. Moderately trafficked, but for good reason. I've rarely had such close access to such cool falls. Was lucky enough to visit after a rain.

hiking
1 day ago

Incredible views among the immense height of the beautiful redwoods. The distance of the loop is decent for a full daytrip. The waterfalls are mesmerizing if you sit and relax by them for a break. There’s a point where you walk alongside the creek, which made the walk more comforting.

hiking
3 days ago

hiked this on 1/9/18 during rain storm. great raging waterfalls! plenty of banana slugs and newts so definitely watch your footsteps. really enjoyed this hike.

hiking
4 days ago

Great trail with several waterfalls. Definitely go counterclockwise to come back via sunset. Slight detour due to rain, so had to take fire road for a little bit. It is more like 11.5 miles round trip. Pretty strenuous with a 1 year old on my back.

Hiking here is really awesome. I went during rainy time all over greenish and so cool to hike. Lot of redwood trees fell on pathway and they have created cave like structure in the path was good. To complete this trail it takes almost 5 hours.

hiking
15 days ago

Beautiful trail. Will be back :)

hiking
20 days ago

Great trail from the past when I lived in HMB.

hiking
20 days ago

I think the trail was longer than 9 miles, about 11-ish miles long. It was very pleasant, not strenuous, so I didn't mind the distance. Saw many hilarious banana slugs and beautiful trees. The falls were georgeous. Air was very moisturizing. My skin felt so soft after the hike. A good workout and a facial in one! If you have an event the next day, do this hike. You will feel lighter with glowing skin the next day.

hiking
1 month ago

If you want easier, just do skyline to sea trail out and back. It will be about 8 miles. Sunset trail has more steep ups and downs. That said. Went on 11/19/17 and the waterfalls were going and gorgeous. Do go up to silver falls. The forest between the falls is the best part of the hike. Saw some banana slugs and butterflies. Took me 4 and a half hours at a medium pace and stopping frequently to catch my breath.

1 month ago

It was a well groomed trail with easy to navigate signage. The rock steps at the Berry creek waterfall could be a bit slippery when wet. Overall it was a good hike and I personally would not rate it a hard trial. You should have plenty of water and a few snacks. It is not something a person should do in flip flops but a good pair of shoes or hiking boots. I completed it in under 3.5 hours but did take some stops to take in more of the scenery. Enjoy the trail!

hiking
1 month ago

Very nice trail, make sure you bring extra layers because it gets surprisingly cold in the forest. Don’t expect much solitude though.

2 months ago

Absolutely amazing and worth doing!

hiking
3 months ago

My favorite hike/trail in the bay area. Moderate difficulty (not sure why it's rated hard), can be done in less than 2.5 hours if your are in reasonably good shape like I would like to believe I am in. Gorgeous redwoods, but waterfalls are kind of wimpy this time of year. If you want to avoid weekend crowds, start just before sunrise. I usually see less than a dozen people and only at the very end of my hike.

hiking
3 months ago

Good hike. Good distance. The waterfalls were pleasant and refreshing but a bit late in the season so not as full as they would be in the spring. Trees were gorgeous old monuments to natures perseverance over time!

hiking
3 months ago

actually did 12.5 miles

3 months ago

great trail

hiking
3 months ago

Absolutely gorgeous!

hiking
4 months ago

Every step was breathtaking because the forest was immense and dramatic. The waterfalls were a cool needed break on a hot day. The trail is clear and well marked so no risk of getting lost! Would do it again but would go earlier in the year in the hopes the waterfalls had more water.

hiking
4 months ago

Very nice trail. I finished the round trip in 3:25 today (just made a 5 min break). I took also some extra miles because I was heading in the wrong direction at the hq because I was following the "Skyline to the Sea" mark, but was not aware that there are two directions

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