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Berry Creek Falls Loop is a 13 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Boulder Creek, California that features a waterfall and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, nature trips, and bird watching and is accessible year-round.

Length13 miElevation gain2335 ftRoute typeLoop
HikingNature tripsBird watchingForestRiverViewsWaterfallWildflowersWildlifeBugsMuddyRockyScrambleFeeNo dogs
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NOTE: As of September 2020, this area may be closed. Please check with the park before visiting. Due to COVID-19 the loop is one way and it’s currently the opposite way than what is show on this map. 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.

Park at the park head quaters

When to go: This hike can be done in almost any weather. Winter rains bring greater flow to the falls, but the shorter days create a greater risk of running out of daylight. Buy a map at the park HQ - it's easy to get lost at Big Basin without one. If you see a banana slug, resist the urge to pick it up. Salt on human skin is damaging to the slug's moist exterior. What to bring Map: Buy one at the park HQ. Layers: It's often very cool in the redwoods but warm in the sun. Camera Proper hiking gear (and food/water)

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Sertan Usanmaz
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HikingGreat!

Awesome trail, great views and a killer workout! Make sure you take plenty of water and sunscreen. Feel free to follow me on my Instagram account for more dope hiking adventures! @sertanusanmaz

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Raymond Herrera
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On my experience today I was approached by an elderly man very aggressively. To his claim, all of that area is private property. Also, apparently a fire started and is now temporarily closed. Please review everything before going. There was no update about the area please double check.

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Maureen Cunanan
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This trail is perfect for those who don't hike very much. It took us an hour to get up (only because we kept stopping to take photos) and 30 mins to get down. The lake is so rewarding. i toom a dip in it and it was the perrrfect temperature on this August day. we went around 3pm on a Sunday and it wasn't as crowded as expected. Definitely should check it out if youre a beginner hiker like me!

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wangchhe sherpa
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HikingGreat!

best hiking place

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Danny T
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Justin Rosen
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Himja Nirmal
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This hike has lots of shade. If you are not used to 10 miles length, make sure you have enough snacks and water for stamina. It is easy on the terrain, not drastic inclination. We were lost due to the detour for starting this trail and added another 2.5 miles, so make sure you check the route thoroughly. Got bit by a bee..crazy spider webs all over the place.

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Ronnie Lazaro
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Kind of depressing looking at a lot of the fallen trees. You could see the wealth of potential it did have, but still a nice hike nonetheless. A lot of shade, but packed with people hiking through as well

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Rachel Ronquillo
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Berry Creek Falls Trail - Our group started the hike quite late, at around 9:45a on a Sunday. Parking wasn't an issue at all, there were plenty of spots open. However, when we finished around 1:30p, there was a huge line waiting to get in for parking. We finished the hike in 4.5 hours and I wouldn't rate it hard at all. I'd say it's on the easier side of moderate. The views weren't exactly exciting, but the trail is very well kept and has some good incline to get the heart pumping.

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Will Pirnasch
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Shraddha Dangi
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Great hike! Make sure to have enough water. Entered the park around 9.30am on a Sunday, parking was not too hard to find. Hike took roughly 5hrs. Ranger in booth was very helpful in informing about detours because of one way/closed sections. Detours marked clearly on trail as well. Nice clearing section in the hike so got a good view of the mountains along with beautiful waterfalls. Definitely recommend

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Allie Reyna
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HikingBugs

amazing hike! It’s definitely a strenuous one, but if you’re prepared with enough water, snacks, comfortable shoes you’ll be ok! Oh and bug spray! It’s shaded majority of the way which is great and helps so much. Very peaceful and scenic. the waterfall was music to my ears. I highly highly recommend this to be a morning hike. 7am is the best time! Took us 6 hours but that was with quite a few stops. Could be done in 4-5. Please ask ranger where to start the trail if you aren’t sure. They were friendly and answered our questions.

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Omer Saar
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Nice trail with lots of shade from beautiful redwoods and other trees. Definitely a moderate hike that doesn’t have any particularly challenging sections, but enough to feel accomplished and replenished by nature. Few nice waterfalls along the way. There’s nothing awe-striking on this hike, but an even and consistent beauty throughout. I arrived Friday evening at dusk, hit the trail a bit before 8 and finished a bit after 12pm. When I was leaving, a looonnnnng line of cars were waiting to get into the park, so I’d be mindful of arriving on Saturday or Sunday.

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Amy Chi Le
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Great hike! Very shaded all throughout, and the trail was full of big and tall sequoia trees, so it is highly recommended. However, I got stung by a hornet (or some insect), and my husband got some mosquito bites, so cover up! The two bigger waterfalls we saw were so worth it in the end. During covid, there is only one loop you have to follow, and there is a clearly printed sign so follow that. The loop is about 10 miles and took us about 4hrs 50min to finish.

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Christine T.
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Amazing hike, although pretty strenuous. We got to the park at around 8:30 am, and there were lots of parking spaces available. When we left at around 3, the parking lot was full and there appeared to be a traffic jam on hwy 9, so make sure to come early! Overall, the hike took around 7 hours and was pretty well shaded throughout except for a short section on Sunset. There were a lot of mosquitos, but bug spray worked pretty well to keep them away. The trail is very well marked, and make sure to follow the one-way sign. Although, the ranger at park headquarters said that it was okay to turn around at the start of berry creek falls if you're not feeling up the rest of the hike. She also recommended bringing plenty of water, around 2 liters per person. The views on this hike were incredible, with tons of redwoods and a couple of beautiful waterfalls. The majority of the hike was on an incline, and the stairs leading up the waterfall were pretty muddy, but the views were well worth it. Would definitely do this again!

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Sean Perry
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Great trail with a well-marked detour currently. Lots of shade. Bring lots of water and arrive early (at 9 am on a Saturday the trail was moderately busy). We had 4 liters and drank all of it. Really great way to spend 6 or so hours (with a few longer stops).

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Martijn Hostetler
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This is easily the most beautiful hike I have done in California. I started at 7am and finished at noon, with a few stops for rest and photos. I would say this is only rated "hard" because there's one section with a rope and wet rocks, and also because of the length. But if you do this length of trail often then it won't be a huge challenge. The scenery is incredible and yes there are lots of bugs so bring bug spray and maybe even a hat with a net. There's a few logs you have to scramble around and one boggy area to step through. I would definitely like to do this again !!

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Tanya Foley
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lovely! bring tons of water. not for beginners.

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Steven Becker
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$10 day use or state parks pass required. great hike through rolling terrain. some parts are in lovely redwood groves, others pass through a low growth area that follows a sandstone path. 5ish waterfalls in total on this hike, however with no recent rain/runoff the water flow is very minimal. the stream has salamanders and brook trout and seems quite healthy despite water levels. the trail is almost entirely under the canopy of trees. one small portion of the trail after the second falls currently has some downed branches/debris. overall a phenomenally fun hike. lots of foot traffic to the first falls. currently clockwise directional. 7-12-20

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Julie Luong
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HikingOver grown

Hiked this on a Monday. Got there by 9:15am so there was no problem with parking. Detour on trail made this 11 miles. Only say 6 people. Some people were not following the signs and did it out and back. Only got stung by a bee, wasp, yellow jacket, or hornet. I didn’t see it, but I the bump went away.

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Kelly Vo
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Gorgeous waterfalls!

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Brynnan Green
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Recommend showing up by 8 am to get parking, avoid the crowds, and miss the heat of the day. $10 park fee. Bring bug spray! Beautiful trail and lovely falls.

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jehnjehn03 .
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Wonderful trail! We hiked the loop clockwise and reached the first waterfall 4 miles in. There are benches here which makes this a great spot for a lunch break albeit the crowd and limited space. From here, continue the loop and hike for another 6 miles. The second waterfall is just 0.5 miles from the first. Wouldn’t mind returning in the spring when more water is flowing.

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John Ng
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very strenuous, very tough due to less cool breeze but fun with friends

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Sara Baker
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Bring all of the water! I went through two huge bottles, but the redwoods and waterfalls are well worth it!

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Silvia Magana
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I did the hike 7/5/2020 my first time there I loved the hike at times it was tough the view was amazing we got to see 2 waterfalls we started our hike at 8 am and finished around 1 pm best time to go is early in the morning .

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