Meteor Loop Trail is a 4.6 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Boulder Creek, California that features a river. The trail is rated as moderate offers a number of activity options.
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.
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
Easy hike with gradual incline
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.