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Howard King Trail [CLOSED] 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.

Length 10.1 mi Elevation gain 2,477 ft Route type Out & Back
Hiking Nature trips Walking Bird watching Running Forest Views 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 Stunning view from the Mt. Mcabee Overlook, the trail connects the Park Headquarters to the Skyline to the Sea Trail.

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Nikhil Singhal
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The water advice is sound! Bring plenty!

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Theo Ugo
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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.

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

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

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Will C
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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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lillian kingsley
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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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Patricia Gleason
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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.

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

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John Calhoun
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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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Sarah Parker
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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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John Polese
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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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David Costa
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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.

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Paola Hernandez
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A lot of incline and decline!

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Russell Creed
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Long hike for some great waterfalls

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Cynthia Wood
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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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David Shackelford
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Leo Ding
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Selena Lu
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Regina B Rus
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Leo Ding
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Sibyl Cryer
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Rod Moghadam
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Jackie Lang
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Nick Steele
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Denisse Ugaldez-Flores
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Mark Schiltz
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Tammi Fleet
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Leigh Nash
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Victor Kuznetsov
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Consuelo Chavarria
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