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Day 1 - backpacked to sunset camp via skyline to sea trail. 6.8 miles out to the camp with all the detours and short trails closures. Beautiful trail. Tons of mosquitos at camp though.

One of the best hikes I've been and hasnt disappointed since. Unlike Uvas, this hike always has the falls so it's nice. Pack a few snacks, a hydration pack, and some electrolytes because either way of the trail, it's a 11.5 mile loop. Its 8 miles if you're going to the larger falls and back. I prefer to go counterclockwise since I'd like the full trail. Other than that happy trails!

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bugs
6 days ago

This hike is no where near 8 miles I did about 12 miles in total. Overall it’s a great hike recommend taking enough food and water. Also I took the trail counterclockwise which in my opinion it was better since I was able to avoid all the steep hills and stairs that I would’ve had to take if I went clockwise. Definitely a great hike!

This is a 11 mile loop not 8.8. But it’s such a great hike to escape the Bay Area heat and even on weekends does not feel as crowded as some other trails. The trail is also softer and thus gentler on your feet. I like going clockwise as you see the waterfalls from the base and then climb up.

Really nice trail. I wouldn't consider it hard, is just long. It took me 5h to complete it on a fast pace and very short breaks. Make sure to pack enough food and water, you will need it.

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rocky
7 days ago

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7 days ago

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bugs
13 days ago

My favorite California Trail With waterfalls! We walked counter clock wise in order to walk up to the falls which was a magical experience ! But def added way more incline doing the loop. It was about 13 miles said and done. But so worth it !

Hiked from Big Basin State Part parking lot to Waddle beach. Nice hike. Google map says 9 miles but it’s 11.1miles. All shaded until the last 0.75 miles.

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13 days ago

go clockwise

great hike. went clockwise. no bugs today.

Part of Dool Trail is closed off currently. So that adds about a mile or so. It’s closer to 8 miles total. Has a little bit of everything like sun, shade, inclines, & declines. A great day hike.

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bugs
14 days ago

Amazing hike through the redwoods. All trails said it’s an 8.8 mile loop but my phone recorded 10.6+ so take lots of water. The trail is well maintained but there is poison oak on the sides so be careful. Also, consider taking bug spray. There are lots of mosquitos.

Such a great shady trail, moderately up and down. Husband and I did it in 3.75 hours with some short breaks and did it counterclockwise. It was less crowded this direction in our opinion. Such beautiful waterfalls, saw 3 in a row!! Started at like 3:15 and ended at 7pm. Would definitely recommend again! Great summer hike since it’s not super muddy and totally shaded. Some closures but really easily marked trails.

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15 days ago

Very easy enjoyable trail. Takes you by some of the largest redwoods in the park!

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bugs
16 days ago

We started from the Big Basin HQ taking skyline-to-sea trail till Berry Fall, which was downhill, most of the way, so relatively easy. On the way creeks had very little water, but the Fall was OK, since I have been here in early May last year when the water in the fall was more. From the fall to the sunset camp ground its steep hike up, for about a mile (I am guessing), but feels much longer. It took us about 4 hrs, taking multiple breaks to reach the camp site. We camped at campsite #3. Lots of mosquitoes. Repellent was not effective, so sitting outside was not an option. Restrooms were a disaster. I have done multiple backpacking around ( although not an expert) and have very low expectation from pit toilets. but this experience was the WORST. Returned back via the sunset trail, which I found to be more scenic and green. We took about 2:50 mins to return back to the HQ, with almost no stops, except for some pictures. Overall it was a good family experience, Prepare for the mosquitoes (I was not), and toilets. The later was the worst part of the experience and disaster. No water at the site. filtered from the nearby fall.

This was such a great hike! Lots of incline and decline, my hip and legs were definitely feeling the burn. Great views of the waterfalls, you can get you feet wet at the second waterfall and enjoy a snack. Dogs are not allowed on the trail which is a little bit of a bummer but still a nice cool hike!

Sequoia trail with many people heading to fall. Meteor trail is quiet with redwoods. Ocean view summit vista is fairly nice but biting flies.

We hiked the portion of this trail from Sunset Trail Camp to Waddell Beach as the last day of our extended Skyline to the Sea trip. It was the easiest segment of the four days, and is mostly downhill. The Sunset Trail Camp was nice, but fully occupied at our Friday night stay. There is NO water at the camp, but water can be filtered from Berry Creek within a half mile of camp. At this time of year, at least, the mosquitoes were the worst I’ve encountered anywhere. But, they were not an issue at all once we hit the trail to the coast in the morning. The Berry Creek Trail portion of this hike was awesome, and absolutely one of the most beautiful trail segments I’ve ever hiked. Coming from north to south is the ideal perspective as the falls get progressively more beautiful along the way. The entire Berry Creek Valley valley is an amazing temperate rain forest; several big trees complete the grandeur. Leaving the valley, the trail broadens to a road and is comfortable and easy. Views are nice, but not spectacular. There is great variety on the route, however, and the view of Waddell Beach from the trail is exciting. We had a great time.

NOTE: the map is NOT Berry Creek Falls Trail. This description pertains to the Berry Creek Falls Trail. We hiked Berry Creek Falls Trail on day 4 of an extended Skyline to the Sea trip. This segment of the trip was absolutely stunning. Beginning at Sunset Trail Camp, the trail descends through the lush, shaded, green Berry Creek Valley. There are a good number of old growth redwoods along the route, and the impression of the ferns, trees, mosses, and falls are very “Jurassic Park.” The north to south route is ideal. It is downhill the whole way. More importantly, the falls appear as a progressive sequence that gets better at each turn. There are many“take your breath away” moments. This was our favorite portion of our backpacking trip, and I highly recommend this trail.

Beautiful trail. Some open areas with no shade. Lots of bugs. Make sure to go to the ocean overlook toward the end after Meteor trail.

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21 days ago

Not exactly the wilderness experience we were expecting. Even though the trail was lovely, we couldn't get into it because it ran along the road.

Day 3 of our Skyline to the Sea trip followed part of this route. We went counterclockwise and for this segment most was downhill and fairly easy, along old road beds. Caught our first glimpse of the distant ocean along the way. Otherwise nice, but not spectacular views. We did see some amazing old growth redwoods on a short loop near the camp, though. Be aware, there is NO water at Sunset Trail Camp. Water can be filtered at Berry Creek nearby, however.

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23 days ago

Took this trail of the Skyline to the Sea trail to Lane Trail camp for day 2 of our trip. This trail need some maintenance. It leaves the verdant, shady, and impressive valley to climb into the much drier hills. Scrub encroaches in many places. Be aware that there is no water at the camp; bring all you need with you. Not a particularly good hike or trail given other options here.

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