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Skyline to the Sea and Meteor Trail Loop [CLOSED]

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Big Basin Redwoods State Park

Skyline to the Sea and Meteor Trail Loop [CLOSED] is a 4.7 mile heavily 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.

Length 4.7 mi Elevation gain 879 ft Route type Loop
Kid friendly Hiking Nature trips Walking Bird watching Running Forest River Views Wildlife 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 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.

Park at the Park Headquarters Visitor Center. Parking fees: $10/vehicle

Big Basin contact: 831-338-8860 Big Basin Redwoods website http://www.parks.ca.gov/default.asp?page_id=540

Best time to go: winter and spring are tops, but summer and fall are pretty good too. Watch for banana slugs but don't touch them; contact with human skin is hazardous to their health. Bring enough water and snacks to keep your energy up on the climb up to Middle Ridge.

Take Highway 17 south to Mount Hermon Road. Stay on this road as it goes through the city of Scotts Valley. Mount Hermon Road ends at an intersection with Graham Hill Road. Turn right. You will immediately come to another lighted intersection (Highway 9). Turn right again. Take California Highway 9 to Boulder Creek and head west on Highway 236 for nine miles to the park entrance; continue to park headquarters.

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Jieun Jeon
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HikingBugsGreat!

I went here before it's closed by the fire, it was super nice with shades and huge trees. Check out my video, you can see what to expect on this trail: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c0xjyf6XYxU

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Todd Johnson
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Marta Chang
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It was nice and most shaded hiking

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Kartik Pudi
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nice trail..great workout! could not complete the last one mile due to lack of time but completely doable if you are in good shape abd reach early! parking lot gets full so start early! overall great experience

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达 徐
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The views along the trail are moderate, several encounters of the redwood tress and small creeks. Less impressive compared with the Dipsea trail at Mt. Tamalpais. The ocean view summit is mediocre. The hike is an easy one and probably a good practice for the beginners, but do not expect to see interesting views.

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Susan Brennan
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Nice incline. Steep but graded. Shad. Some benches. Ocean view. Good day hike. 3.5 hours.

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chris wooden
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Great trail for easterners to see amazing trees! our 8 year old can handle it. my GPS only picked up half the recording, but we did the whole 4.7.

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Courtney Sams
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The trail is well maintained and any fallen trees seem to be promptly chopped and redirected off the trail. It’s very well marked and easy to follow from the parking lot or connecting trails. We saw a ton of banana slugs and species of birds. Big Basin State Park has become very highly trafficked and it’s difficult to maintain social distance or get parking on weekends. This is great for the funding of this gorgeous state park, but be sure to come early!

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Loraine Domingo
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HikingBugsFee

This was definitely a good hike! I went clockwise. However, we didn't get to go to the Ocean View Summit because we weren't sure how far up we had to go from the trail. Now we know for next time if we take this same trail, we can go up and it won't be too far. It wasn't that bad of a hike and went by faster than I expected.

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Megan Hutchin
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Loved this. Went counter clockwise. Think the other way would be pretty too but less of a challenge, maybe? Saw banana slugs, squirrels, lizards, and lots of birds.

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Amy Valentine
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We weren’t planning on doing this trail but by Big Basin had every other parking space blocked so by the time we found a spot we were over a mile away from the trailhead we wanted to hike. If you are hiking in Big Basin be aware if fills up quick with limited parking. Take a trail map when you pay for parking ($10). This trial was beautiful, lots of banana slugs, the trees are gorgeous. Beware that it’s a steady incline the whole way up. We cut the last 1.5 miles off because it was too exhausting, so we cut left to middleride to meteor instead of continuing to the camp.

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Meg Williams
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Very peaceful trail. Went with my older parents and they enjoyed it. Lots of shade and a nice view of the ocean at the top if there’s not too much fog

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Phoebe Tseng
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Very green with lots of shade. It’s quite cold if you start early - we started the hike at around 10am when there’s no sun shine and it was freezing cold.

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Kimberly Miller
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HikingMuddy

Moderate hike, 5 miles round trip. Most of the hike is in the shade under redwood trees until you come to the sunny and sandy ridge. Beautiful, quiet hike with small stream.

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Ke Liu
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Sai Arora
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Actually a 5.2 mile hike. Super nice. I did the loop clockwise which was slightly more challenging on the ascent but way more forgiving on the steady and very muddy decline. Went in the middle of January (presumably after a rain storm)

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Rachel Watsky
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Morgan Walter
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absolutely breathtaking. every moment of this hike was lovely. we went in Jan on a dry day and it was perfection!

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Maria Angulo
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Amazing trail. from headquarters head north on skyline to the sea trail. Go Meteor Trail then West Middle ridge Road. South on Dool Trail, you will head back to headquarters. There’s an Ocean View Summit on Middle Ridge Rd., incredible views from the top!

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Jesse Wilks
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Solid, very easy trail. No real lookouts but nice

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Donald Tye
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Awesome relaxing hike, enough climbing to keep you moving!

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Joanna Huang
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Two detours on this path. First half is all shade and second half was no to partial shade.

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Jonah Spungin
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Beautiful trail, only saw a small handful of other groups. A couple of closures on the way, but nothing too derailing.

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Lluvia Gonzalez
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Luis
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Great views of the redwoods as we started at the trailhead. Very shaded throughout the trail until you reach higher elevation. Its says the trail is 4 miles, however it was probably more like 7 miles round trip. There were a lot of butterflies along the trail and once you reach the summit the view however to the ocean was not visible. That was a little disappointing. Overall we enjoyed the hike.

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Bin Qi
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Hiked from Big Basin State Part parking lot to Waddle beach. Nice hike. Google map says 9 miles but it’s 11.1miles. All shaded until the last 0.75 miles.

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Dan Twomey
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Don trail section to falls closed.

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Mat Reidhead
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Such a cathartic trail. We were there on a Thursday in June, expecting tons of people, but passed only three other small parties outside a quarter mile of either end of the trailhead. Most folks tend to gravitate toward the falls which is great for those who want to take in the forest for the trees

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