Berry Creek Falls Trail

HARD 400 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
2874 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.

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9 hours ago

hiking
1 day ago

Great loop, shaded for most of the way with beautiful redwood groves

hiking
3 days ago

Definitely a challenging trail, but as an infrequent hiker I found it manageable. Came in around 11.5 miles for me, which took roughly 4 hours with a couple of breaks. Would recommend hiking it clockwise as the hike up the waterfalls was pretty. Overall the trail was marked well and in good shape, but doesn't hurt to ask a ranger to highlight the route on a map. Bring plenty of water and snacks as it can get warm as the day goes on.

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4 days ago

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6 days ago

Hiked this on Saturday starting at 5pm! Due to some trail closures from storm damage the GPS recorded it as 11.7 miles in 3:15 hours. Bring plenty of water as I used 2L of fluids but gave away over a 1L of fluids to other hikers who were not prepared. Berry Creek waterfall was awesome and there is plenty of water even this late in the season. It was running strong. I hike this trail several times a year and each time too many people are getting caught without proper planning (water, flashlight, food and sugars etc). It is really beautiful place but be prepared.

hiking
7 days ago

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7 days ago

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7 days ago

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7 days ago

It was too long and hard. I didn't bring any food and water, and the water fall was not pretty. I disappointed so much at that time and my legs were gone. However, it was pretty worth it in hindsight.

hiking
8 days ago

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hiking
11 days ago

The hike was a little over 10 miles. I started on sunset due to detours and then took the skyline to sea connector. I enjoyed taking this route, climbing up to the waterfalls was gorgeous and very aesthetically pleasing. The hike back on sunset was around 5 miles with a lot of ups and downs, so take your time and enjoy the redwoods.

hiking
14 days ago

Definitely longer than 9.5 miles! Pack a meal and PLENTY of water! I loved going skyline to sea first, you get to climb up the series of waterfalls and I thought it was magical to come at them from the front. At the moment there are some detours on the skyline to sea trail, so I would take sunset first and then hop over to skyline to sea on the connecting path just past the start of the sunset trail. The falls were gorgeous!

I got there before 9 am on a Sunday in August and there was plenty of parking ($10 for day use). Well worth it if you've got a day to spend, I did it in four hours cause I had somewhere to be, but it would make a nice leisurely all-day journey. :)

hiking
14 days ago

hiking
14 days ago

hiking
14 days ago

Great redwoods hike and beautiful falls. Last winters rains caused a closure on part of the route. Follow the detour signs.