Howard King Trail [CLOSED]

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Big Basin Redwoods State Park

Howard King Trail is a 10.1 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Boulder Creek, California that features a great forest setting. The trail is rated as moderate and offers a number of activity options.

Distance: 10.1 miles Elevation Gain: 2,477 feet Route Type: Out & Back

hiking

nature trips

walking

bird watching

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forest

views

closed

no dogs

To prevent the spread of COVID-19 there is currently no vehicle access to this trail or others in the park. See here for more info: https://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=30355 Stunning view from the Mt. Mcabee Overlook, the trail connects the Park Headquarters to the Skyline to the Sea Trail.

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7 months ago

Nice trail, with a beautiful view on the sea shore on top of the mountain. Bring a lot of water. The descent is steep. Take your time.

Sun May 27 2018

13miles hike Howard king trail was more brutal coming back but a great hike

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Sun Feb 04 2018

We did the hike up to Mt. McAbee viewpoint. It was okay, but the views weren't extraordinary.

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Fri Sep 29 2017

Bring water, long trail - Even if you're fit, it's still a long hike. You can see SOME fantastic views and the trees are absolutely beautiful.

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Sun Aug 13 2017

More challenging way to get to berry creek falls. The view is great at the top of mountains if it there's no fog over the ocean. Bring a lot of water.

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Sun Aug 13 2017

Be careful of rattlesnakes, we ran across one sunbathing on the trail. Nice hike, but not my favorite way to get to the falls. I prefer taking the sunset rail which drops you right into the falls and to berry creek trail. With the Howard king trail you have to pass the berry creek trail and climb up to the falls and then go back down to berry creek trail.

Sun May 21 2017

The park has lots beautiful red trees, water falls, lots of mosquitos though.

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Mon May 01 2017

With Skyline-to-the-Sea partially washed out, Howard King trail was the detour. It was not too challenging climbing to Mt. McAbee overlook, but the steep descent to Skyline-to-the-Sea should be taken carefully and slowly. Mt. McAbee overlook is an amazing view and a perfect place to break for lunch and relax before the descent.

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Sun Apr 30 2017

Took this trail yesterday as a detour off the Skyline to the Sea trail, it was by far the most difficult section. Currently it's the only way to access Berry Creek Falls (only the lower section is open), a grueling 14 miles roundtrip from Big Basin HQ. It's almost entirely steep up and downhill, so give yourself plenty of time, bring water, and trekking polls go a long way. There are some beautiful views of the mountains and ocean, and the Falls make the trip worthwhile.

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Fri Apr 28 2017

Not your typical Redwood hike with meandering creeks, ferns, sorrel and the like, but still a great trail. Howard King Trail is all about the beautiful views of the surrounding hills and a vista point with a bench looking out to Waddell Beach. On a clear day, you can actually see the waves crashing! With the popular Berry Creek Falls loop closed, this is the only way to see Berry Creek Falls without breaking the rules. The trail is well-marked with signs saying "Berry Creek Falls Detour". This descent from the overlook to the Skyline-to-the-Sea trail junction is a large change in elevation, and it is quite grueling ascending those switchbacks on the return trip.

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Wed Apr 26 2017

The only way to currently to get to berry creek falls. Many trails have been completely destroyed from the rains this year. Not a bad detour of a trail however.

Sun Mar 19 2017

A lot of incline and decline!

Sun Mar 05 2017

Long hike for some great waterfalls

Wed Aug 31 2016

This beautiful trail has an amazing view to the sea as well as to Berry Creek falls. As I walked, I was constantly mesmerized by the view.

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9 months ago

recorded Recording - Jun 15, 3:31 PM

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