Meteor Loop Trail

MODERATE 58 reviews

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.

DISTANCE
4.6 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1043 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

river

views

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.

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16 days 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!

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24 days ago

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

1 month ago

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...

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2 months ago

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.

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2 months ago

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.

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3 months ago

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

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