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A pleasant surprise at Big Basin Redwoods State Park

It is summer, and with summer comes either hiking early or hiking shady in order to avoid the heat. A whole host of excellent choices for the latter exist in the Santa Cruz mountains, full of redwoods with a nice dose of hilly hiking.

Today we went to Big Basin Redwoods State Park, a great choice for the summer due to nice shady trails (but also awesome in the winter/springtime when the rain has been falling so you can really enjoy those waterfalls!) You can find the full Map/Brochure here, but we took a short-ish route today represented below:

Big Basin Redwoods State Park Trail Map

The park was a little busier than last time, so we ended up parking in the additional parking located a little way up North Escape Road.

Our route today started from the North Escape Road/Gazos Creek Road bridge access on to Skyline to the Sea Trail, following this upwards past the Maddock Family Cabin Site until it meets Meteor Trail. Turn left here, following Meteor Trail until it joins Middle Ridge Road. Turn left, following it upwards until you reach a point marked as Ocean View Summit. A slight detour from the trail at this point offers a peek at the ocean through a gap in the mountains. Continue to follow Middle Ridge Road down until it meets up with Gazos Creek Road, turn left, and follow this road back to the start at the bridge over Opal Creek that takes you back to North Escape Road.

Simples! Well recommended as a nice, short, but slightly challenging hike – it definitely isn’t flat! We really enjoyed it!

2016.07.10 Endomondo Data: Big Basin Redwoods State Park

As you can see from the chart at the bottom, the route starts off nice and flat-ish, but then involves some steep segments (way to work those glutes!), and a steady downhill on nice flat roads. The uphill is totally worth it though, as you reach this sandstone ridge at the top:

Big Basin Redwoods State Park: Sandstone Ridge

Wonderful……… and atĀ Ocean View Summit, you can just about see the water through the gap:

Big Basin Redwoods State Park: Ocean View Summit

One final picture of an orangey grin selfie, taken while having a snack on a nice sandstone plateau at the top:

Big Basin Redwoods State Park: Orange Grin

One happy hiker!

Winter Waterfalls at Big Basin Redwoods State Park

These past few weeks in the Bay area we have been having fairly heavy rain.

Yes! Rain!

For the previous two years we have lived here there was barely any, and so to take full advantage of the benefits of such precipitation, we took a long hike at Big Basin Redwoods State Park.


Among other inducements, such as the beautiful Redwoods, the park features winter waterfalls.

Berry Creek Falls
Berry Creek Falls

You can download the full brochure here.

This was a hike to see Berry Creek Falls, Golden Falls, Cascades, and SIlver Falls, but taken in the opposite direction to that given on the BBRSP website.

2016.01.09 Endomondo Data

Use Skyline to the Sea Trail from the parking lot > left on Dool Trail > left on Sunset Trail > stay on Sunset Trail > go right to stay on Sunset Trail > left on Berry Creek Falls Trail > left on Skyline to the Sea Trail > stay on Skyline to the Sea Trail > follow Skyline to the Sea Trail back to park headquarters.

Although the hike (in the opposite direction as posted on the website) is described as strenuous, the main challenge is probably due to the length, rather than any steep grade.


There are some more challenging aspects – narrow trails, slippery rocks by the falls…. Oh and a lot of fallen trees.

Silver Falls
Silver Falls

But overall it wasn’t too tough at all, and the views of the falls and trees more than make up for it.

Golden Falls
Golden Falls

Today was also International Homemade Hobnob Day. Yep. It’s a thing. So we took some to the park with us….

Hobnobs on the trail.

Hobnobs all round!