“waterfalls, redwoods & lush canyons”
Big Basin Redwoods State Park is California's oldest State Park, established in 1902. Home to the largest continuous stand of ancient coast redwoods south of San Francisco, the park consists of over 18,000 acres of old growth and recovering redwood forest, with mixed conifer, oaks, chaparral, and riparian habitats. Elevations in the park vary from sea level to over 2,000 feet. The climate ranges from foggy and damp near the ocean to sunny, warm ridge tops.The park features family and group camping, tent cabins, backpacking camps, hiking, mountain biking, and equestrian trails. The park is open year round and reservations are encouraged during the summer.The park has over 80 miles of trails. Be sure and pick up a map at park headquarters before your hike and take a look at the multimedia kiosk in the Sempervirens Room (next to park headquarters). There you will find great information, photos, and video of some of the most popular trails.Some trails link Big Basin to Castle Rock State Park and the eastern reaches of the Santa Cruz range. The Skyline to the Sea Trail threads its way through the park along Waddell Creek to the beach and adjacent Theodore J. Hoover Natural Preserve, a freshwater marsh.The park has a surprising number of waterfalls and a wide variety of environments from lush canyon bottoms to sparse chaparral-covered slopes. Many animals such as deer, raccoon, coyote, fox, an occasional bobcat, mountain lion, and many bird species--including California quail, egret, heron, hawk, owl, woodpecker, and the endangered marbled murrelet--call Big Basin home. And of course there are always plenty of banana slugs
This is a wonderful area to stay and explore for at least a few days - lots of great hiking - easy to challenging depending on your level. There's a variety of campgrounds in Big Basin, along with cabins as well, if so preferred. The staff at the park were excellent in providing good information for hikes in the area and the campgrounds were great - all except for the tenacious family of raccoons that were determined to get free handout.
I grew up down the road and spent a lot of time here and have missed it every day since I moved away. If you’re up for a mediumish hike that passes waterfalls, do the Berry Creek Falls Loop. If you’re up for a long day with a beautiful ending, the Skyline to the Sea Trail will take you all the way to the coast.
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Beautiful area. Amazing trees. Easy to hard trails.
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