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Hollow Tree Trail to Basin Trail Loop [CLOSED]

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Big Basin Redwoods State Park

Hollow Tree Trail to Basin Trail Loop [CLOSED] is a 8.4 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Boulder Creek, California that features a great forest setting and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, running, and nature trips.

Length8.4 miElevation gain1473 ftRoute typeLoop
HikingNature tripsWalkingRunningForestViewsClosed
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Waypoints (2)

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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Reviews (50)
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Recordings (48)
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samara zuza
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Hiking

Gorgeous trail. Hot in August and dry most of the way. Our phone recorded more than 10 miles. Not sure what’s up

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Sofia H
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Corey Leamon
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Hiking

Like others, I easily found parking on the road near the trailhead. I went clockwise on the trail. The vast majority of this trail is wooded (which was great for the late afternoon sun) and I didn't find it as diverse as other reviewers, but rather a bit redundant as it continuously looped in and out of each slope. The redwood areas are certainly gorgeous and the last couple miles reward you with some spectacular views towards the Pacific. There were very few people on this trail. Not bad for a few hours on a Sunday afternoon!

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Nanette Wu
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Patrick Nguyen
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Hiking

Went clockwise as other reviews suggested. First half has most of the elevation changes and parts where you’re hiking on rock ledge. Not many vista points but the entire 4 hours on trail we didn’t see anyone else. No dedicated parking lot but decent amount of parking a little past the trailhead on the sides

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Eric Godshalk
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Parked in dirt turnoff on China Grade Rd about 1/10 mile NW of Skyline-to-Sea Trail. Good hike, with varied vegetation and terrain. Everything from chaparral on sandstone to oak/tan oak forest to deep redwood forest was available, sometimes in that order. Lots of leaves on parts of the trail made for some slippery travel, but overall it was good hiking. Some of the chaparral parts of the trail are verging on overgrown, and there's a bit of poison oak in various parts of the non-redwood parts of the trail.

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Ran Oren
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We went clockwise to finish the ascent already in the first part of the route and that was a good choice because as long as we had energy, we arrived at a place with big rocks, which was a great attraction for kids who like to do climbing, then there was a section that is mostly forest and those who like to walk in the forest And to breathe its air and see trees in their different form and majestic power, will probably find much interest in it. The second section of the route is calmer and excellent as it is precisely in this section that you will find an amazing vantage point located on the rocks rounded in all shapes (you have to climb there) and then you can choose one of the rocks that you can lean on, open the bag with the meal and enjoy the lovely and peaceful view . It's like a ship at the heart of the sea (if timed right, you can meet the sunset from this place). We spent a lot of hours expecting this with the kids who didn't really want to go because they had a lot of interest and adults we had a time together. This trail is worth 5 stars for me. Personal KPI's (they are my subjective only, for your consideration :-)): 1. Garbage collected along the trail - 0.3 bag :-), [1 bag = 1 gallon, UCL: 1, UDL: 2, Target: 0] 2. Maintenance Level - High, some areas need bushes and trees trimming (High - Very good condition, Medium - Some small issues, but overall good condition, Low - Major issues that needs improvement)

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Si mon
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A lovely, quiet, varied trail. One minute you are walking amongst the Redwoods, the next you are walking out in the open with views across Big Basin State Park. Walking the trail clockwise is probably the best option as you'll start with plenty of elevation change and you'll end with a relatively flat trail.

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Siva Kongara
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Robert Günther
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Hiking

Great hike through the woods, only a few spots with great views, but the trees and the greens, the smell of moss and grass were amazing.

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Chris Handcock
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Hiking

Awesome trail with very little traffic.

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Mark Rosenberg
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Brad Gallien
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This is a really nice hike. Many different ecosystems. Very quiet (I did not see any other hikers o na Sunday)

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Michelle Adams
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Hongchuan Wang
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Android Shin
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Oscar Rivas
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Ryan H.
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Steve Gentry
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Paul Sackles
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Yoon Chung
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J Lopez
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Chris Moore
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Alex Wu
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Suraj A
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