Big Rock Hole Trail

MODERATE 21 reviews

Big Rock Hole Trail is a 6.5 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Santa Cruz, California that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.

DISTANCE
6.5 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1,404 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

river

views

wild flowers

washed out

no dogs

This trail features a giant swimming hole for hot days. Hike under alders, cottonwoods, and big leaf maple to arrive at this oasis on the San Lorenzo River From the Hillbilly entrance climb down and cross the San Lorenzo River. Then The trail meander up through

2 months ago

Don’t take this hike in the winter or early spring. We were prepared for a 6 mile hike but at the end of the loop, when we were supposed to cross the river and climb the hill back to the car, we found that the river was way too high to cross. What was supposed to be a 6 mile hike turned into a 10 mile hike. Also, this hike has you walking on train track (not pleasant) for a long time and then crossing a trestle. Wouldn’t you know it, the train came when we were right in the middle. This is a beautiful area but don’t take this hike.

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5 months ago

Don't get me wrong...the scenery is beautiful no matter where you go. I had to give this 1 star because the trails were so poorly marked and washed out that we never actually made it to most of the hike. We spent the whole time following random trails that went nowhere. We are experienced hikers so we still had fun. No trail maps either. Bummer.

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8 months ago

Great hike - Trailhead easy to find - a lot of parking first thing in the AM - Great redwoods - crossing the first few streams were easy however after mile 5 it became a little more pf a challenge. You take Ox Trail on the backend. You then take a left to go down to the San Lorenzo River however the left isnt well marked at all. Crossing the River was a little harder on this part of the hike in that the water was up to my upper thigh.... and cold. I will come back but skip the loop

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9 months ago

Great hike! Very quiet trail. The fork leading to Big Rock Hole is a bit misleading as there is a tree laying over the trail. Just climb over it and keep going! Beautiful place.

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Sunday, June 25, 2017

Solid hike with nice flowing river.

Tuesday, April 04, 2017

I didn't do the loop but found the rope swing by the big rock and Moshed through the river which was a beast , I could fart around here all day fun place .

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