San Jose, California
Big Basin State Park
Santa Cruz County
This was taken in Sequoia National Park.
Big Basin is the oldest Park in California, established in 1902. In addition to Old Growth Coastal Redwood, the part contains chaparral, oak and conifer. This hike is perfect for discovering these different terrains.
Don't remember where these flowers were.
Directions: Take Hwy 9 up to the CA35/Skyline Blvd intersection, crossing 35 and staying on 9. Drive west about 6 miles and turn right onto CA 236, which is a narrow winding road. Drive 8 miles to the park headquarters and park in the lot across the street from the Ranger Headquarters.Drive Time Approximately: 1 hour - Parking: Free - Dogs are Not allowed
Don't remember where this was taken.
The Trail:We start out at the Redwood loop trailhead, where we will be in gorgeous old growth coastal redwoods. After we go through Blooms Campground, we climb up Pine Mountain trail, through a ravine; we get to a drier area. We will keep climbing up to the tanoaks and madrone, and then the higher elevation pines. Our final ascent to Buzzards Roost, one of the highest points in the part at 2/150 feet, is on a rock face. That is where we will have our meeting. We go back down the way we came.
Level: 3 - Miles: 5 - Elevation: 1,200' - Host Jennifer N.
This picture was taken on Mount Diablo. Sometimes the parks are crowded.
RECOMMENDED: Bring plenty of water and sunscreen. Buzzards Roost is exposed.
This picture was taken on Mount Diablo.