Skyline to the Sea and Meteor Trail Loop

MODERATE 88 reviews

Skyline to the Sea and Meteor Trail Loop is a 4.7 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Boulder Creek, California that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.

DISTANCE
4.7 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
879 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

river

views

wildlife

no dogs

Meteor Trail is a great trail to wander among the giants at Big Basin Redwoods State Park without the crowds on the more popular trails. The Meteor Trail tracks Rodgers Creek up to Middle Ridge Road. In winter and early spring the creek burbles to life, making this one of the best riparian hikes at Big Basin. And on clear days, Ocean View Summit from Middle Ridge Road offers an expansive view all the way to the Pacific Ocean. One stop along the way -- Maddock Cabin Site -- offers an intriguing window on the lives of settlers who eked out a rough existence among the redwoods. The matriarch of the Maddock clan had two simple wishes for her children: that they get a good education and avoid being eaten by grizzly bears. The cabin's long gone but interpretive panels tell the Maddock family's story. At six miles, with a healthy climb to Middle Ridge, it's a nice workout without being especially strenuous.

hiking
1 month ago

Get there early! I went on a holiday weekend and didn’t arrive until 1 pm, parking was full. Ended up being able to pay for a spot at a camping site thanks to the good graces of some campers but otherwise would’ve missed out on the park. This hike is nice trip through the redwoods with a rewarding desert like summit. Nice workout at a quick pace but not super challenging. Took me 2 hours.

hiking
3 months ago

MOSQUITO CITY! Be prepared! Arrived 8:45a on a Sunday. Plenty of parking, but lots of people milling around. Once I got on the trail, only encountered a few groups, mostly near the trailhead. Was glad I did the loop clockwise, so I was going downhill on Meteor trail, which was by far the prettiest part of the hike. It’s a narrow ravine full of ferns and a few Redwood groves. Kind of a fairyland, made more magical by the fact that I was all alone there. Except for the mosquitos. The rest of the hike was pleasant.

hiking
3 months ago

Great hike through some beautiful old growth redwood forest with some mixed chaparral as well. A little longer than advertised—I measured it on my GPS at 5.5 mi.

hiking
3 months ago

Nice hike. Went from East to West so uphill was more intense, but the path is nice and the view from the top is brilliant. A camera doesn't do the redwoods along the way justice.

hiking
7 months ago

Really Nice hike - as always long and winding road to get there. Plenty of parking if you get there early (8am). Didn't see anyone the Skyline to the Sea trail & very peaceful. I went past meteor to add some miles. Middle ridge was a little disappointing - little busier and not much to see. Trail in good condition

trail running
8 months ago

Beautiful shady trail with great views of redwoods

hiking
8 months ago

Not too steep, tranquil, narrow road, connected to nice Middle Ridge Road

9 months ago

Fun trail with steep incline in forest of red woods. The entire trail is shaded

hiking
10 months ago

Absolutely beautiful hike. Definitely recommend taking Dool to Middle Ridge and coming back down the Meteor Trail. The way down is incredibly nice. Lots of banana slugs!

11 months ago

Seriously the best trail I have ever been to. Took Skyline-to-Sea, Dool, Middle Ridge (couldn't find the ocean summit), Meteor trail, then went up to Slippery Rock, down to Sempervirens falls, then took the Sequoia trail back to the parking lot. A hike to remember!

hiking
11 months ago

Nice trail, specially if you start on the right side.

Friday, October 13, 2017

It's a good hiking trail. Those who love the forest will appreciate and enjoy it beauty, warmth and appeals. The map issued by the park is relatively useless but trail signs are more helpful is directions. I enjoyed my hike there...

hiking
Monday, September 04, 2017

Fantastic hike. Reasonable climb and descent. Tip from ranger was to take Dool trail up and Middle ridge and Meteor down, and I think it was a good idea. The meteor section is a beautiful explosion green from all manner of plants, take your time and enjoy it.

hiking
Sunday, September 03, 2017

This is the trail to take. Start at the park head quarters and take the Skyline to the Sea Trail. Then take Dool Trail to Middle Ridge. Along Middle Ridge you can take a side trail to Ocean Summit View, great in a clear day. From Middle Ridge you will hook into Meteor Trail which hooks into North Escape making for a spectacular loop. The redwoods will not disappoint.

hiking
Monday, August 21, 2017

good hike. start at dawn. the coastal fog can set a real enchantment.

Sunday, August 06, 2017

I took a longer route, I think. Coming from Indiana, the Redwoods were awesome. Nice hike, there were only a couple small up hills that I'm guessing why this trail is rated moderate.

Saturday, August 05, 2017

We started on the Sequoia Trail from the headquarters. They have Food and a gift shop the rangers helped us pick our Trail. I highly recommend coming here you are in a fairytale. It's so beautiful it doesn't seem real. We saw a waterfall and also had a wonderful time.

hiking
Wednesday, August 02, 2017

Did it alone, shady, very comfortable. Good place for self reflection. Stops at a horse trail. Slightly steep. Watch your step.

hiking
Monday, July 10, 2017

Hike it counterclockwise if its hot! Clockwise will have you climbing in the open sun for a good stretch. Nice to be away from most other casual hikers. Oh, and it was much closer to 6 miles for sure. Ours was nearly 7 as we parked in free parking a half mile south of the park headquarters.

hiking
Wednesday, July 05, 2017

It was a nice trail and good day hike with some climbs. The water is pretty far, so it's hard to get a real oceanic view from the scenic overlook.

hiking
Sunday, June 25, 2017

I did this in a counterclockwise loop. A lot of uphill for the first half of the hike, especially right before the connection to the Ridge Trail. First half of the trail was shaded with gorgeous redwoods and a stream running alongside. Halfway through is Ocean View Summit and it's worth the wait. Overall, a great hike if you want to get outside of the Big Basin crowds and experience the magical redwoods in (mostly) solitude.

Wednesday, April 05, 2017

Not that strenuous, but clocks in at more like 6 miles. Didn't see any ocean views. Mostly in the forest but ends with some open scenery. Small sections are kind of muddy but not at all bad given the season.

Tons of banana slugs

hiking
Monday, January 16, 2017

Easy hike with gradual incline

Sunday, June 07, 2015

Shaded trails except for a short part at the peak. Not very busy and fun obstacles of fall trees to go over or under, a switch back and change of terrain that made the hike that much more interesting. Some steeper climbs at times made for a good workout. The ranger station bathrooms were very clean and the Rangers were so nice and helpful.

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