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Skyline to the Sea Trail: Sea to Skyline [CLOSED]

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Big Basin Redwoods State Park

Skyline to the Sea Trail: Sea to Skyline [CLOSED] is a 23.7 mile heavily trafficked point-to-point trail located near Davenport, California that features a waterfall and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, nature trips, and bird watching.

Length 23.7 mi Elevation gain 4,790 ft Route type Point to Point
Hiking Nature trips Bird watching Forest Views Waterfall Wild flowers 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 Using the Skyline to the Sea Trail, this route starts at the sea and then heads inland. For those interested, you can bike the first 6 miles of this trail. I passed a biker and one hiker along my way to the falls and that was it. At the 6 mile marker, you'll come to a point where there is a sign, 2 small foot bridges to your right, and a place to lock up bikes to the left. The trail marker will say no bikes and no horses past this point. After that it's only about a half mile to the falls. It's a pretty easy bike ride to this point, so this would be a quick alternative to seeing the falls if you're short on time.

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Lela Managadze
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Started at Skyline and finished at Waddle Beach. Recorded 28 miles. Loved it!!!

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Matt R
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6-7-2020 Hike: This was a pretty epic hike. Got started early and was able to find parking along Highway 1 across from the Waddell Beach parking lot. This trail suggests that you start over at the nature center, but that's not the Skyline to the Sea Trail. It should start at Waddell. Walk in via the paved Big Basin State Park Rd. to reach the start of the Skyline to the Sea Trail. Less than a half mile in you'll walk past some facilities and see a big sign with a map of the entire trail. That's the starting point. For those interested, you can bike the first 6 miles of this trail. I passed a biker and one hiker along my way to the falls and that was it. At the 6 mile marker, you'll come to a point where there is a sign, 2 small foot bridges to your right, and a place to lock up bikes to the left. The trail marker will say no bikes and no horses past this point. After that it's only about a half mile to the falls. It's a pretty easy bike ride to this point, so this would be a quick alternative to seeing the falls if you're short on time. If you're doing this trail, you must take the short detour to see the Berry Creek Falls. Around the 6.5 mile point, you just need to go slightly to the north to get to them. You really can't miss it. I had them all to myself around 8:30 am before the traffic from the headquarters started to roll in. This added about 1/4 mile to the overall hike. There's a detour a little after the 9 mile point when you reach the Sunset Trail Connector. It is not possible to continue south on the Skyline to the Sea Trail. Instead you must go north to Sunset and then stay on Sunset east until you reach the Dool Trail which takes you southeast to reconnect with Skyline to the Sea Trail. The detour is well marked. I second guessed myself and doubled back to try to find if I took a wrong turn, but nope this was the intention of the State Park. The trail should be updated to reflect the new route because I don't see this section of trail being reopened anytime soon. Also, if you intended to stop at the park headquarters for a break, you'll have to go south from the Dool Trail / Skyline to the Sea intersection. After the headquarters, the trail is basically a really long single track. The scenery changes a bit and you start to follow 236 and get more road noise. Waterman Gap is a good place to take a break. After that you enter Castle Rock Park. I've noticed quite a few car wrecks along the trail where it follows highway 9. The rest of the hike is not really that interesting. I did the whole thing solo and clocked in around 27 miles. I took a couple detours along the way, but I can't image that the ~24 mile distance is possible. I would plan to hike a full marathon on this one. If you don't have a partner or don't want to backpack, then you could do what I did and bike back. I locked up my bike across from the Saratoga Gap parking lot, along the Indian Trail Rd where it was unlikely anyone would see. So after hiking up and taking a break at Saratoga Gap, I biked back down via 9->236->N Escape Rd->Gazos Creek Rd->PCH. Biking back downhill is pretty easy and there's a lot of different routes you could go to do it. I was considering China Grade Rd to Johansen to Gazos Creek too, which would have been a couple miles shorter and more paved. I just wanted to avoid biking along Skyline Blvd and minimize how far I had to bike along the PCH. I just don't care for cars buzzing past me at high speed. Besides, 236 is such a nice road to bike on. But don't take a road bike on the fire road portion of Gazos Creek Rd.

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Adam Tetelman
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long easy hike with great views. treacherous and muddy in the rain. there are a few bits where you may accidentally end up on the wrong trail, so pay attention.

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Xin Guo
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bodhi m
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Russ Elliot
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Alexander Bondar
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Russ Elliot
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Aaron Brossoit
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Matthew Matthew Glynn
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Michael Smiley
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Jingting Wu
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Maria Piva
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Maria Piva
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Bowen Yan
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Mark Schiltz
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Joe Carlino
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Yuhong Yao
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Chris Nestlerode
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Chris Nestlerode
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Jason Foster
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Jason Foster
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Sabrina D
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Uzi Vital
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Uzi Vital
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Bobby Beck
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Bobby Beck
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Addison White
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Addison White
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Jeremy Silver
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