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Big Basin to Sunset Camp to Waddell Beach via Skyline to the Sea [CLOSED]

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Big Basin Redwoods State Park

Big Basin to Sunset Camp to Waddell Beach via Skyline to the Sea [CLOSED] is a 24.6 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Boulder Creek, California that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, camping, nature trips, and backpacking.

Length 24.6 mi Elevation gain 4,242 ft Route type Out & Back
Backpacking Camping Hiking Nature trips Forest Views Waterfall Wild flowers Wildlife Closed No dogs
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As of August 2020, this park is currently closed due to wildfire until further notice. See here for more info: https://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=30009

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Anthony Radtkey
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Scott McCullough
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We hiked the portion of this trail from Sunset Trail Camp to Waddell Beach as the last day of our extended Skyline to the Sea trip. It was the easiest segment of the four days, and is mostly downhill. The Sunset Trail Camp was nice, but fully occupied at our Friday night stay. There is NO water at the camp, but water can be filtered from Berry Creek within a half mile of camp. At this time of year, at least, the mosquitoes were the worst I’ve encountered anywhere. But, they were not an issue at all once we hit the trail to the coast in the morning. The Berry Creek Trail portion of this hike was awesome, and absolutely one of the most beautiful trail segments I’ve ever hiked. Coming from north to south is the ideal perspective as the falls get progressively more beautiful along the way. The entire Berry Creek Valley valley is an amazing temperate rain forest; several big trees complete the grandeur. Leaving the valley, the trail broadens to a road and is comfortable and easy. Views are nice, but not spectacular. There is great variety on the route, however, and the view of Waddell Beach from the trail is exciting. We had a great time.

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Jingting Wu
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S P
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Jacob Morgan
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Jeffrey Qunell
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Clara rosales
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Thomas F Lattie
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Christopher Lee
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Dan Hinz
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Doug Breckenridge
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Sam Kaufman
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Paul Picazo
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Paul Picazo
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