Meteor Loop Trail

MODERATE 42 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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1 day ago

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

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16 days ago

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.

17 days ago

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.

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20 days ago

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

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1 month ago

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.

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1 month ago

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.

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1 month ago

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.

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