Sempervirens Falls Trail is a 3.1 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Boulder Creek, California that features a waterfall and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, camping, and nature trips and is accessible year-round.

3.1 miles
262 feet
Out & Back

kid friendly



nature trips



partially paved


no dogs

An easy stroll on the Sequoia Trail leads to the picturesque Semperviren Falls. Dogs are allowed in the campsites, picnic areas, and on paved roads only.

1 month ago

2 months ago

Very quiet for a weekend. Not a lot of people on this trail. Pretty flat all the way through. Falls were very pretty, inaccessible due to restoration but you can still get pretty close. Would totally do the trail again.

2 months ago

The fall is not rushing but a nice even flow right now.

3 months ago

This trail is a little boring, and the water fall is too small.

4 months ago

Great little hike with my kiddos this afternoon. Made it to the falls and back in about 2.5 hours. It can be done faster, we just stop a lot and explore and take photos along the way.

5 months ago

Good trail to do with kids. We got to the falls, took Shadowtrail back down right into our camp, so maybe 4 miles total. Very do-able if you’ve got little ones.

5 months ago

Nice easy trail - as evidenced by many families there on the weekends. Takes about an hour and change to make it up to the waterfall from the HQ. The waterfall isn’t that great but a nice marker to hike up to and take a light breather. It’s a nice day hike to try out in the Santa Clara / Cruz area.

I’d rate it around 3.5 but will round up for family-friendliness and decent parking availability for all.

6 months ago

Trail too close to the road. You spend a lot of time watching your footing due to all the roots, etc., so be sure to stop once in a while to look up at the fabulous trees! Saw several gray squirrels and a deer VERY close to the parking lot!

7 months ago

Go early by 8 or 9 to have the trail to yourself. We hiked all the way to the waterfall without seeing anyone and had the view on the lookout point to ourselves. Started to see a lot more hikers on our way back.

7 months ago

Yes it runs next to a road. But as with most trails in a very busy Big Basin Park? If you want less people and/or cars? Early bird gets the worm :). I made this short little hike on a Monday morning at 8 am and I got to enjoy the falls and only saw one other person in the hour I was there. I was already back to my car at 11 am and planning my next trail as I noticed the crowds and car noise finally beginning to build

8 months ago

Probably closer to a 3.5. Nice hike for kids or someone just starting out hiking. Depends when you hit the trail. Going out very busy & some car noise from the road that runs next to the trail. Coming back however was much quieter so you could enjoy the Redwoods. Lots of places to stop and grab lunch

10 months ago

Decent one

Sunday, September 03, 2017

paths were well marked and the rangers were knowledgeable

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Most of the trail runs alongside the toad. I agree with other reviewers that you may want to drive up to the falls(which are small) and hike another trail. I was disappointed because the trail does not have that "away in nature" feel.

Monday, August 14, 2017

It was an easy to moderate hike. It wasn't stroller friendly (FYI for parents w young kids). The waterfall was a bit lack luster as well as the scenery throughout the trail. However, it was a good work out and kids did enjoy running up through the hills.

Wednesday, August 02, 2017

Trees were misting, sunlight was coming through them, bannana slugs a plenty. This place is incredible.

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Calm trail through the woods. The trail is easy and the road is right next to it.

Monday, July 10, 2017

easy hike, but you can also just walk on the side of the road to reach Sempervirens Falls

Saturday, July 08, 2017

Not the best hike. The trail followed the road to some of the campgrounds around the area. Some elevation but it wasn't bad. The view of the falls made it worth it in the end. Very pretty and suprisingly a lot of water falling over given it is summer.

We followed the road most of the way back for a flatter surface since we had some older individuals with us and cut back onto the trail the last .75 mile or so.

Overall easy for medium experienced hikers and relatively short.

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Very nice trail. It was very easy and the waterfall was very lovely!!

Saturday, March 04, 2017

Great trail - easy if taking the Sequoia Trail straight to Sempervirens Falls. But I went on the Dool Trail to Middle Ridge Rd to Meteor Trail to Sequoia Trail back to the Park Main Entrance (the map you get from the Big Basin Information/Registration center is awesome). This ended up being roughly a 7 to 7.5 mile hike - nothing too crazy, a few uphills and muddy due to the recent rains.You get beautiful views of the ocean, redwoods, creeks, plants, and other mini-waterfalls along the way. This is just another route to see Sempervirens Falls if you want to challenge yourself a bit.

Sunday, February 05, 2017

Nice hike...not too steep for my wife. Little bit on the muddy side, given all the rain recently, but the waterfall was in full flow for the reason...not a bad trade-off!

Monday, May 23, 2016

It was a nice and small waterfall. Quick hike from my camp site.

Monday, May 23, 2016

Nice short hike. Bathrooms about halfway from headquarters.

Sunday, March 27, 2016

The trail is next to a paved road most of the time so you never get the sense that you're in nature. The water fall area was under construction so you couldn't approach the water...

There were some cool tree formations on the way. We took a trail back that went to slippery rock which felt more like a nature trail than the waterfall one...

Sunday, February 21, 2016


Monday, August 17, 2015

Worth every step! Not too steep and plenty of scenery.

Monday, May 27, 2013

Don't recommend trying this on a holiday weekend. Way too many people and parking was INSANE. Very poor trail signs but with that said, the loop trail was beautiful.

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Just got done hiking this trail. The trail is in very good shape and we encountered no litter on the trail at all which is a very good thing. The falls are a special place, and in my opinion the best stretch of the trail is from highway 236 where the trail crosses descending to the north escape road bridge.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

This is a 4 star trail if it wasn't so abused by careless folks. Sempervirens Falls is pretty, but is marred by the snack wrappers and water bottles people need to throw in the water.

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