Big Basin to Sunset Camp via Sunset Trail [CLOSED]

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West Waddell Creek State Wilderness

Big Basin to Sunset Camp via Sunset Trail [CLOSED] is a 5.8 mile heavily trafficked point-to-point trail located near Boulder Creek, California that features a great forest setting and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.

Length5.8 miElevation gain1,404 ftRoute typePoint to point
BackpackingCampingHikingNature tripsWalkingForestViewsClosedNo dogs
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FIRE CLOSURE: As of August 2020 there are closures in this park or area due to wildfire. For more information, please visit https://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=22161

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Adam Easterling
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Hiking

Pretty! Not too crowded. Get there earlier than 10.

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Noah Landell
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HikingBugsFee

I beat it in roughly 4 hrs and 30 minutes. I only did one big 30 minute break in mid loop. I don't consider this hike hard at all, but then again I do this for a living. I can see it being difficult for people who don't have experience in hiking. Also, strongly strongly encourage you to go as early as possible. I started my hike at 9 am, finished around 1 and the trail was alone. I went on a weekday, though when I got back it started getting very pack. The water fountains were gorgeous! And yes! there is about 4 of them. It's soothing to your ears. Its about 90% shade, so that's a plus. Overall, the park is beautiful and the Park ranger is helpful, make sure you ask them for information on trails!! Enjoy, BRING NO LESS THAN 3 LITERS OF WATER PER PERSON!

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Alisa Jin
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Hiking

Very pretty waterfalls midway of this hike! Most of the trail was pretty shady which was great. Parts of the trail are closed off as one way trails to be COVID-safe but they did a great job in directing the detour. Went on a Tuesday morning (~10AM finished ~3PM) and it was not busy at all. But would assume it would be much more packed on a weekend. Was also not too difficult but still a rewarding hike to finish as others have said. Overall super beautiful hike and would highly recommend. :)

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chad parker
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ninya i.
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HikingBugsFeeOver grown

Great strenuous hike with one-way trail right now due to covid19 so you can’t go back and forth the same trail and have to do the loop. Doing the loop is actually better because you get to see more than one falls. The best views with this trail are the waterfalls. You can’t really sightsee while hiking because there’s plenty (as in A LOT) of uproot roots along the way and you have to watch where you’re stepping or else you’ll end up like my friend who missed to avoid a root and sprained her ankle and remember you can’t go back the same route. There’s also plenty of mosquitos so spray some OFF or wear some insect repellent accessories. Bring a lot of water. 2 water bottles are not enough!!! Lastly, bring lunch or you’ll get hangry (hungry and angry)!!!

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Steve Ibasan
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Victoria Z
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Hiking

Good amount of climbing. Couple of nice waterfalls and most of the trail is well covered. Lots of old sequoia trees. Came on the Independence Day long weekend so it was relatively busy. Recommend coming in before 9 to avoid crowd.

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Giridhar Raman
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Hiking

Full shade, moderate hike. Falls would have been better if the had been more water. But overall, a good hike.

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Ashton Teng
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Jason Ewbank
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HikingFee

10 fee to get in but stunning hike! Shade made to so the hot day felt great. Found so many critters: owl, snake, banana slugs, and newts. All with 3 waterfalls. Just beautiful!

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Mike Wilson
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Running

Great trail. Lots of shades. 2-3 falls. I lost GPS signal several times. But it was not a problem as there are lots of signs.

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Mary Siharath
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Hiking

This trail is a work out going counter clockwise! Elevation but hard for a good 2 miles toward the end. We didn’t realize it’s now a one way because of Covid precautions. The hike itself is very nice with the redwood trees and waterfalls - trail is actually 11.5 miles not 10.3 There is a $10 fee at the entrance but come early for good parking. And lastly, ignore the end point as I drove off and forgot to end the app lol.

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Mallika Ranjan
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Hiking

Few fallen trees to walk over. Pay attention to the one way signs... you need to go clockwise on the trail ( my preferred way anyways)

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Chelsea Poteet
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Hiking

Got to the parking lot at 7:30am, I was the second car there. Barely saw a soul on the trail. Gorgeous views, well kept trail, 10/10 would recommend

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Michael Hammar
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Hiking

Much longer than 11 miles for us! Ended up closer to 14. Beautiful hike though, falls are very cool and not too incredibly steep, but definitely a workout.

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David Delabra
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HikingMuddy

Came here a few days ago and came back today as a couple friends wanted to join. It was just as beautiful. A little rain but the trees shade u well so we didn’t get soaked. Come early and do the full loop. It’s really rewarding!

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David Delabra
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This hike was amazing! Long. Bring water. Sequoia’s were something else to admire! Beautiful vegetation different shades of green. Place felt alive as everything seemed to have a purpose. From every rock to fallen trees had some type of living organism. Falls were great and we started early so not a lot of people. I recommend this hike to anyone who wants to feel centered and needs a reminder of how small we are in the grand scheme of things.

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Mindy Aagaard
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Hiking

Always a good time on the loop! Beautiful weather and only a few small muddy spots.

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Cauv Sodara
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Freeman Chen
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Ran Oren
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HikingMuddy

Great and challenging trail specially during winter season. The waterfalls and creeks are amazing. Take in account that it could be chilly and I would suggest to take addition cloths.

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Lisa Mauney
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Bradley Van Horn
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Javier Aguayo
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HikingFee

It was a really good trail. Lots of tree cover, only open for a bit. It is very long (recorded 13mi) but not too strenuous, just long. Not many views but a lot of mushrooms and banana slugs. Once you get to the waterfall, it’s a nice walk by the flowing water for a good part.

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Joseph Pigg
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