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Wild Recovery
San Jose, California
May 19, 2012
Big Basin
Santa Cruz County
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The Place

Big Basin
May 19, 2012
10:00 A.M.

Trail

Big Basin Redwoods State Park was established in 1902 on 3800 acres of mostly old growth forest. In addition to old growth coastal redwoods, some over 300 feet tall, there are also Douglas fir, tan oak, madrone, wax myrtle and many other trees that complete the canopy. Many varieties of wildflowers such as Indian paintbrush, monkey flower, bush poppies and yerba santa are visible during the spring. In the summer there is redwood sorrel, salal, redwood violets, trillium, star lily and mountain iris.

Stream

Walking the Walk

The Berry Creek Loop is the centerpiece of Big Basin. The highlight of this popular loop is a series of waterfalls culminating in Berry Creek Falls. The loop also features the Skyline-to-the-Sea Trail, which climbs through four miles of pristine redwood forest in a lush, steep-sided canyon.

Falls 1

The 10-mile loop starts at park headquarters and descends by way of the Sunset Trail to Berry Creek Falls, before the long and scenic ascent on the Skyline-to-the-Sea trail back to park headquarters. The total elevation gain is about 1800 feet. Taking the loop in this counter-clockwise direction spreads the climbing more evenly throughout the hike and saves the best scenery for last.

Falls 2

The Hike: Level 4 Miles: 11 Elevation: 1800ft. Host: Nancy S.

Falls 3

Directions:

From San Jose 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.

Falls 4

Know Before You Go:

Parking is $10
No Dogs Allowed On Trails
Dress appropriately, layers are suggested
This is a long hike; prepare to return to the parking lot around 6pm.
Bring lots of water (3+ liters). Insect repellent is recommended.
Restrooms - Only available in the visitors center.


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