Explore the most popular birding trails near Boulder Creek with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

on Sequoia Trail

hiking
5 days ago

Half the trail is by the road , but the other half is a beautiful walk in the forest. There has a big hill you need to climb to complete the loop, but other than that incline was pretty mild.

hiking
5 days ago

I hiked this in April 2017. I loved being surrounded by the large sequoia trees. Nice trail, some hills but overall I found it to be a peaceful and tranquil hike. Very heavily forested with a nice waterfall.

hiking
7 days ago

Wonderful trail, highly recommend going toward the winter given all the dried up river beds. Definitely not an easy trail! to eagle rock is about 1.9 mi with ALL of the elevation gain on the way there.

Lovely, well-marked short trail. Most of it is in the shade. The climbs aren't challenging. During the summer, the river is almost totally dry.

hiking
16 days ago

Good workout on a quiet trail, even on Labor Day. Most of the hike is in the shade, but the top is in the sun. I wore my Sketchers walking shoes and they were just fine. You do need to climb a couple of boulders, but nothing too hard.

So much fun!!!!

Get there early! I went on a holiday weekend and didn’t arrive until 1 pm, parking was full. Ended up being able to pay for a spot at a camping site thanks to the good graces of some campers but otherwise would’ve missed out on the park. This hike is nice trip through the redwoods with a rewarding desert like summit. Nice workout at a quick pace but not super challenging. Took me 2 hours.

hiking
25 days ago

Great trail but all trails length is inaccurate it’s really 3 miles

hiking
2 months ago

If you want to spend an afternoon walking in the woods but nothing tiresome, this is your best choice. It is also kid-friendly.

MOSQUITO CITY! Be prepared! Arrived 8:45a on a Sunday. Plenty of parking, but lots of people milling around. Once I got on the trail, only encountered a few groups, mostly near the trailhead. Was glad I did the loop clockwise, so I was going downhill on Meteor trail, which was by far the prettiest part of the hike. It’s a narrow ravine full of ferns and a few Redwood groves. Kind of a fairyland, made more magical by the fact that I was all alone there. Except for the mosquitos. The rest of the hike was pleasant.

There’s currently a minor detour to Sunset that is very well signposted. Does not significantly change the walk. I set off around 16:30 on a day when it was 30C+ in the Bay and it was very cool. Finished up the whole loop in a little over 3h at a steady pace uphill and jogging on the downhill sections. Anti-clockwise is ideal for a later start in the day as you get the uphill out of the way early (in shade) and top out into some afternoon sun before gently descending down Johansen Road which is a wide road and also fairly well shaded with occasional breaks for sun. Where Johansen joins Creek Road there’s an absolutely stunning tree house very visible from the road. Shortly you descend to Berry Creek Falls at the lowest point on the trail which threads around some beautiful old growth redwoods by a stream for a few km before a fairly steady uphill back to the Visitor Center. Highly recommended with very little to say against it. A few more exposed sections would be nice but the terrain is already varied.

hiking
2 months ago

Nice trail but crowded and too much car noise on the weekend

Great hike through some beautiful old growth redwood forest with some mixed chaparral as well. A little longer than advertised—I measured it on my GPS at 5.5 mi.

backpacking
2 months ago

I spent two days, and extended the loop further south. With a backcountry permit, parking is required at Jay camp, just a short walk to headquarters. I was able to enjoy the redwood loop both at the beginning and the end of the trip. Day one went up skyline, then hollow tree trail, circled around to Sunset Camp. Great location to set up the tent then enjoy all the remaining daylight at the falls along west berry creek. Then day two takes you by the falls again, soaking in the morning sunlight of the trails. I continued to Berry Creek falls and stopped for breakfast. Had the place to myself on Tuesday morning. Plan to spend all the time you can along this trail, every step is time worthwhile. I then continued south on skyline, took McCrary Ridge up, then Howard King to bring me back. McCrary is a 1,700 ft climb in 3 miles, and exposed for a good portion, be prepared. Ocean views along most of the trail. In all, I extended the total to about 20 miles with about 4,000 ft. Great alternative to the full Skyline to Sea if you are limited on time or don’t want to coordinate a ride.

hiking
2 months ago

I live out in the valley so I am not from the Bay Area.. the reason why I say this is because I want to warn everyone about the crazy Bay Area Drivers that will nearly run you off the road as you try to make your way up and down this mountain. It's a shame because the trail itself was nice but others are correct when they say it can be crowded. I would definitely recommend Yosemite or Kings Canyon over this. I will not be revisiting Big Basin simply because I don't want to deal with people tail gating and honking at me while I drive this windy, curvy steep road. Please use caution and take your time!

Nice hike. Went from East to West so uphill was more intense, but the path is nice and the view from the top is brilliant. A camera doesn't do the redwoods along the way justice.

on Shadowbrook Trail

3 months ago

Short and accessible. Uncrowded compared to the others, beautiful groves and creeks.

on Sequoia Trail

3 months ago

Super crowded, right next to the road.

13miles hike Howard king trail was more brutal coming back but a great hike

hiking
3 months ago

This a great hike with just enough elevation to give you a great workout. It isn’t super crowded so you’ll find yourself pretty alone most of the hike if you start off early enough. Pretty shady and simply beautiful

on Sequoia Trail

4 months ago

Nice trees. Bring along a map as the trail options are many. No cell coverage on the trail (which is a good thing!)

hiking
4 months ago

The whole trail is not so long and takes around 2-3 hours for round trip. The view is good but the trail sign is quite few. And there is few people walking on this trail so make sure go back before sunset. The eagle rock lookout is very good.

hiking
5 months ago

Started at HQ. easy walk to the Sempervirens Falls. From there we took the Sequoia Trail up the hill and across the 236 to skyline to sea. That was much prettier

hiking
5 months ago

Large portion of the trail runs alongside the road which takes the serenity out of the hike whenever a car drives by. The second half after passing Shadowbrook trail was much better with road noise. Overall the hike was pleasant, and relaxing. Small detour to see the falls. I would rate this as an easy hike.

walking
6 months ago

Absolutely beautiful, but then again so is almost all of Big Basin. It's a nice walk and the trees are a sight in themselves. There isn't anything especially striking throughout the path so not worth investing as a main event in your trip. However, for those only looking for an easy 30-45 min walk among some friendly giants, this path is absolutely for you.

Good workout! gains elevation at reasonable pace. Trail is pretty shady. No shade at the top. We hiked in March so was not that hot when we reached the top. Views are amazing once you get to the top.
Signs along the trail are not so clear, we got the trail info from info desk before starting. I have read reviews that if we get lost, it adds up few miles to your hike.
Did not see lot of people while on trail, not so crowded. Some parts of the trail are narrow but just walk carefully, its totally doable. Couple of big rocks which come in your way and you have to climb and get to the other side to continue. Loved the trail and will come back!

Really Nice hike - as always long and winding road to get there. Plenty of parking if you get there early (8am). Didn't see anyone the Skyline to the Sea trail & very peaceful. I went past meteor to add some miles. Middle ridge was a little disappointing - little busier and not much to see. Trail in good condition

7 months ago

There are two trails leading to Eagle rock. One through ‘lil basin campground entrance (no parking lot as such) & other one (much shorter paved trail) connects through Empire Grade road (near Lehi recreation park).
If it’s getting dark/too late, would suggest the shorter route otherwise, regular eagle rock trail is way amazing and recommended.

hiking
7 months ago

Super easy,fun trail for kids and families. Just being among redwoods is amazing.

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