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Best trails in Boulder Creek

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Looking for a great trail near Boulder Creek, California? AllTrails has 34 great hiking trails, trail running trails, forest trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. If you're looking for the best trails around The Forest of Nisene Marks State Park or Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park, we've got you covered. You'll also find some great local park options, like West Waddell Creek State Wilderness or Almaden Quicksilver County Park. Ready for some activity? There are 22 moderate trails in Boulder Creek ranging from 1.7 to 24.6 miles and from 793 to 2,490 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
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Map of trails in Boulder Creek
Top trails (34)
#1 - Berry Creek Falls Loop
West Waddell Creek State Wilderness
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Length: 13 mi • Est. 6 h 5 m
NOTE: As of September 2020, this area may be closed. Please check with the park before visiting. Due to COVID-19 the loop is one way and it’s currently the opposite way than what is show on this map. During winter there might be closures in this area due to flooding or high winds. Please check with the park before attempting. A strenuous loop that encounters picturesque waterfalls and beautiful redwood groves. From the park headquarters, take the Sunset Trail and then return via the Skyline to the Sea Trail. This is a counter-clockwise route. You can also hike this loop clockwise, but most people elect to hike it counter-clockwise. This is a state park and they charge $10 to park.Show more
#2 - Timms Creek Trail
West Waddell Creek State Wilderness
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Length: 6.5 mi • Est. 3 h 42 m
For up to date park information, please see their page here: https://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=540 A pleasant hike that follows West Waddell Creek and Kelly Creek. Take the Sunset Trail to Timm's Creek Trail and then finish on the Skyline to the Sea Trail to bring you back to the Park Visitor Center.Show more
#3 - Sequoia Trail [CLOSED]
Big Basin Redwoods State Park
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Length: 4.3 mi • Est. 2 h 8 m
As of August 2020, this park is currently closed due to wildfire until further notice. See here for more info: https://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=30009Show more
#4 - Berry Creek Falls Trail [CLOSED]
Big Basin Redwoods State Park
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Length: 7.2 mi • Est. 3 h 57 m
As of August 2020, this park is currently closed due to wildfire until further notice. See here for more info: https://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=30009 This is an alternative to the much more popular Berry Creek Falls Loop, which can also be found on AllTrails. This trail goes to the falls and then back to the parking area.Show more
#5 - Sempervirens Falls Trail [CLOSED]
Big Basin Redwoods State Park
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Length: 3.1 mi • Est. 1 h 25 m
As of August 2020, this park is currently closed due to wildfire until further notice. See here for more info: https://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=30009 Please respect trail closures if in place. 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.Show more
#6 - Sunset, Berry Creek Falls and Howard King Trail Loop [CLOSED]
Big Basin Redwoods State Park
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Length: 10.5 mi • Est. 6 h 7 m
As of August 2020, this park is currently closed due to wildfire until further notice. See here for more info: https://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=30009 As of Feb 05, 2020, users have reported that there are temporary closures in this area. Please consult the park's website before visiting.Show more
#7 - Big Basin to Sunset Camp via Sunset Trail [CLOSED]
West Waddell Creek State Wilderness
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Length: 5.8 mi • Est. 3 h 17 m
This trail is experiencing full or partial closure due to COVID-19. Please see the open trails nearby for alternate hiking options. Show more
#8 - Skyline to the Sea and Meteor Trail Loop [CLOSED]
Big Basin Redwoods State Park
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Length: 4.7 mi • Est. 2 h 29 m
As of August 2020, this park is currently closed due to wildfire until further notice. See here for more info: https://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=30009 Meteor Trail is a great trail to wander among the giants at Big Basin Redwoods State Park without the crowds on the more popular trails. The Meteor Trail tracks Rodgers Creek up to Middle Ridge Road. In winter and early spring the creek burbles to life, making this one of the best riparian hikes at Big Basin. And on clear days, Ocean View Summit from Middle Ridge Road offers an expansive view all the way to the Pacific Ocean. One stop along the way -- Maddock Cabin Site -- offers an intriguing window on the lives of settlers who eked out a rough existence among the redwoods. The matriarch of the Maddock clan had two simple wishes for her children: that they get a good education and avoid being eaten by grizzly bears. The cabin's long gone but interpretive panels tell the Maddock family's story. At six miles, with a healthy climb to Middle Ridge, it's a nice workout without being especially strenuous.Show more
#9 - Redwood Trail [CLOSED]
Big Basin Redwoods State Park
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Length: 0.6 mi • Est. 16 m
As of August 2020, this park is currently closed due to wildfire until further notice. See here for more info: https://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=30009 See some of the world's tallest trees along this easy, well-maintained hiking trail. A great hike for young kids. The Redwood Trail at Big Basin Redwoods State Park loop offers easy access to some of the tallest and oldest Redwoods anywhere. The fact that the trail is flat and well-maintained, combined with the well-marked attractions along the way make this a perfect hike for families with young children. The main attractions along this trail are Father of the Forest (known for its wide circumference), Mother of the Forest (the tallest tree in Big Basin) and The Chimney Tree (whose hollow trunk offers a spectacular view up into the sky).Show more
#10 - Waterman Gap Super Loop
Boulder Creek, California
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Length: 20.8 mi • Est. 10 h 45 m
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