Explore the most popular walking 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.

5 days ago

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.


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.

on Shadowbrook Trail

25 days ago

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

on Sequoia Trail

25 days ago

Super crowded, right next to the road.

26 days 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.

A hard hike. Lot of uphill and downhill.

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.

Great hike. I would rate this as moderate though.

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

Favorite Bay Area hike.

29 days 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

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

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!

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

1 month 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 !

1 month 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.

I did this trip in early April with three other guys. The two days leading up to the trip, there was a decent amount of rain, so there were puddles, and the creeks/waterfalls were really flowing compared to the normal dry landscape of Big Basin.
With breaks included, it took us three hours to get to camp. I’m sure we would have shaved off a lot of time if we kept going the entire way through. There are two sections to set up camp. Campsites 1-6 are right in front of the outdoor bathroom and you have to go down a slight hill to get to campsites 7-10. We stayed at campsite 1 and had two other tents near us.
Once we set up camp, we ate lunch and continued the loop to see three of the four main waterfalls. I would highly recommend taking the full loop on day two. It took a more time to complete, but the views were amazing.

2 months ago

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

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