Sempervirens Falls Trail [CLOSED]

easyYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray Star(207)
Big Basin Redwoods State Park

Sempervirens Falls Trail is a 3.1 mile heavily 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.

Distance: 3.1 miles Elevation Gain: 262 feet Route Type: Out & Back

kid friendly

camping

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

partially paved

waterfall

closed

no dogs

To prevent the spread of COVID-19 there is currently no vehicle access to this trail or others in the park. See here for more info: https://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=30355 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.

hiking
muddy
2 months ago

hiking
muddy
2 months ago

hiking
fee
3 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

Great easy hike ... went with kids. Lots of shade. Bridges and mushrooms. Picnic tables along the way for a little snack break :-)

hiking
muddy
4 months ago

hiking
fee
muddy
4 months ago

hiking
muddy
5 months ago

Waterfall down The Sempervirens waterfall is easily accessible from the trail or the parking spots along the road, no swimming area. On the way back from the falls we took this trail returning to the car. The trail winds along the west/north side of the access road and passes many large redwood trees. There is a campground about half way between the waterfall and the lodge if you’re into staying there.

hiking
6 months ago

Pleasant well-kept trail. Mostly shaded and cool. Picnic tables mixed about. Unfortunately follows a little too close to the road for what I like. Can reach waterfall from the road as well. Graffiti marks up fence surround waterfall :’( Overall easy hike, will probably not do again.

hiking
6 months ago

Great trail, I went clockwise. The trail is shaded throughout, saw plenty of people and walked thru campsites towards the end of my trail. The falls was nice. Parking cost $10, but the facilities and trails are nice.

hiking
7 months ago

Short hike, more of a warm up. Go 10 am or before to avoid the crowds. Most of the trail hugs the parks road so it is often in view. But it is encompassed in redwoods so it’s still nice. The falls is a thin stream free falling about 20 ft into a small deep pool. There’s a platform to view the falls.

Beautiful trail! I loved the change of scenery from the redwood/Doug fir forest with tan oak & madrone understory to the Monterey pines & chaparral, then back down into dense redwoods: just inspiring! The Dool Trail is closed right now, so we took a slight detour. Enjoy!

hiking
11 months ago

I will go back when it’s not a busy weekend during summer. Because the trail is next to a road, you hear and see a lot of cars. And, there were more people than we’d hoped. The platform at the falls was crowded. Nonetheless, my niece got a great long exposure shot of the falls.

hiking
muddy
Mon Jun 03 2019

Park was packed due to an ultramarathon event. Also detours forced us to hike on the road for a bit. Go for the beautiful and serene hike in the redwoods, don’t go for the waterfall, then you’ll enjoy it tremendously.

hiking
muddy
Mon May 27 2019

Good trail. We went two days after a rain and there were 3 or 4 muddy sections with one being a bit dangerous. Bring trekking poles if this is your situation. Other than that, the trail was in good shape. We ended up walking back on the road next to the trail. The waterfall was running very well and there were a lot of people on the trail and at the falls.

hiking
muddy
Sat May 25 2019

hiking
Tue May 14 2019

Hardly a waterfall and you walk next to the road most the time

hiking
muddy
Tue Apr 16 2019

My friend and I went on 04/16/19. It was a little bit muddy since it rained on Monday. Definitely a good easy beginner's hike. This hike is a good way for getting the momentum going for future moderate to hard hikes in the future.

hiking
muddy
Thu Apr 11 2019

The trail got quite muddy. We walked down to the side of the road that the trail runs along and walked to the fall all the way up. On the way down once we hit the main road it was too busy to walk along, so we went back to the trail.

hiking
muddy
Thu Mar 21 2019

hiking
Wed Sep 26 2018

Mon Sep 10 2018

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.

Tue Sep 04 2018

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

hiking
Tue Aug 07 2018

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

hiking
Fri Jun 15 2018

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.

hiking
Tue May 29 2018

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.

hiking
Tue May 29 2018

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.

hiking
Wed May 09 2018

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!

Wed Apr 04 2018

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.

Showing results 1 - 29 of 207