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.

We only did the easy part from the park HQ to the Berry Creek waterfall and then we turned back. It took us around 4 hours to get there: we stopped a lot to take pictures, climb rocks on the stream and giant fallen trees on the side of the trail. It only took us ~1 1/2 hours to get back.
There are more (smaller) waterfalls going up. But it was getting dark and we were too tired already. You should might want to try if you have energy ;)
It’s a beautiful hike for sure :)

Stunning! What you need to get away from the hustle and bustle of city life. Come early in the weekends as the parking lot fills in quickly. I started at 8:45 am and finished the trail in 4 hours with plenty of stops for picture taking or simply taking in the beauty of the place. My recommendation is to hike the trail counter clockwise. The first part of the hike is pleasant but nothing spectacular.... until you reach the opening at the top of of the mountain with its different vegetation of smaller trees and hanging moss. And then you hit the waterfalls! And then it’s one grove of giant redwoods after another. You’ve walked a long time and you’re feeling tired but st the same time humbled and rewarded.

these waterfalls are a hidden gem!!! berry creek falls are the biggest, then continue another mile or so to the cascading waterfalls, about 6-7 in a row. we did out and back - from park HQ to the end of the cascading waterfalls on the skyline to sea trail, and it was about 11.5 miles. not a ton of elevation, but an incredible workout if you push yourself to go hard. loved it overall!!!!

My fav Bay Area hike

heavy trafficed trail. very challenging but Beautiful. totally worth it. unfortunately my husband took me as a surprise and I didn't wear my neoprene socks, so I got bad blisters. it says no digs but there were a few on the trail. huge horse poops here and there.

on Sequoia Trail

19 days ago

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

Epic drive, epic hike. Facilities: 10/10, trail maintenance 9/10, crowds 5/10, landscape 10/10. Lengthy hike with a serious waterfall scramble cable-assisted. Clockwise route will start with old growth redwoods and 2nd leg will be upper elevation 2nd growth tan oak scrub.

Too many people exercising.

Did this hike a month ago. Absolutely beautiful!! I did the full loop which was very taxing but doable. Gorgeous views the whole time. Would highly recommend!

It was an excellent hike. We completed in 5 hours.The weather was very good, not sunny and there were 3 different falls, we started off in the clock wise direction and first you would reach to berry creek. A good hike

27 days 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.

Great views !

27 days ago

We first decided to do the sunset trail to berry creek falls trail then back to headquarters from skyline to the sea trail, but when we got to the intersection we decided to take west waddell creek so we could see the ocean. altogether that trek was about 13miles and it was pretty gnarly at times. We had a buddy pick us up and drop us back off at the car, we were ready for 10-11 miles, back to our car would have added another 8 mile hike. better safe than sorry. beautiful scenery though!

Awesome trail.

Great hike. Took a little under 4 hours to complete. We went clockwise, I think that was easier with the elevation climb. Saw tons of banana slugs and salamanders (or newts?). Go early, the park fills up fast.

Definitely a workout! As for someone who isn’t in that great of a shape, it proved a little difficulty. There is some areas of incline and boy did it kick my butt. But I’m glad I decided to do this trail. Gorgeous falls, redwood trees and banana slugs! Took us about 5hrs w/a lunch break.

1 month ago

Fantastic trail. Beautiful waterfalls and awesome redwood trees all along. Carry lots of water. Not for beginners though.

Great Trail

1 month 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

1 month ago

Totally family friendly. My 5 and 6 year old daughters completed this hike in a little over 5.5 hours. Beautiful scenery and trails. The falls were flowing great after a week of rain. Came across a turtle, banana slugs and “troll” rocks close to the falls. Great hike

Just finished this hike today in under 4.5 hours. I enjoyed it but I do not think I will ever do this trail again or recommend it. While the falls were great, the overall trail felt repetitive.

Its tricky so pay attention to your map/gps on alltrails app. I took the wrong route and ended up uphill and I did 16 miles roundtrip in 7 hours. I was soooooo tired I couldn’t handle it anymore the last 3 miles. Falls are gorgeous!

Also if you take the skyline trail you will see a gorgeous treehouse. Would do it again. Take lots of water/electrolytes for the boost.

2 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.

2 months ago

One of the best hikes I have ever done.

Many were saying to do this hike counter clockwise. The Ranger said to do it clockwise because of the stairs at Silver Falls. Glad we listened to the Ranger and went clockwise. Those stairs are steep, and glad we went up them instead of down. There was a sign warning of a strenuous 6 hour hike ahead at the beginning. I really didn't think it would be strenuous for me since I hike every weekend, but boy was I wrong. It was a little strenuous, especially the last 3-4 miles. My legs just ached at this point I really just had to push through. Beautiful hike and I would totally do it again. Took us about 6 hours, including a long hour break at the falls to eat and take pictures.

2 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.

2 months ago

One of my best hikes. Go during a weekday so you’ll have the trail for yourself - I barely saw anyone during the 3.5 hours I was on the trail. Beautiful waterfalls along the trail. NO restrooms were seen so keep that in mind.

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!

This trail was challenging but very much worth it. Though it's marked as a 10 mile hike, my Apple watch indicated it's closer to 12. Allow yourself a good 5-6 hours to complete depending on your pace. When our group did the hike, we had to plow through it because we had a later start, plus it was raining and hailing pretty hard -- which made for a memorable experience. The views of the towering redwood trees are incredible and the waterfalls were running strong, you really feel like you're in another world. I would definitely come back and recommend for those looking for a good moderate-difficult hike!

Gentle rise in elevation. Very peaceful

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