NOTE: We are a social group that enjoys hiking. We take our time and love to take photos of the surrounding Nature. We normally hike 2 1/4 miles/hr. Our hiking time also depends on the members who join us each time (sometimes is faster; sometimes is slower). We do not hike 3+ miles/hr. We do wait for members at intersections. Please, reconsider your RSVP to this hike if we do not fit your hiking expectations. Thank you :).
OPTIONAL EARLY DINNER:
Boulder Creek Brewery & Cafe
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Nestled in California's oldest state park, this popular hike begins at the Big Basin park headquarters and takes us to two beautiful waterfalls: Golden Falls and SIlver Falls. You will truly enjoy this hike!
Location: 21600 Big Basin Way, Boulder Creek, CA 95006 . Parking area is not visible in Google Maps.
From I-280 in Santa Clara County, exit onto CA 85 south. After about 4.5 miles, exit #14 onto Saratoga Avenue. Drive west about 2 miles into Saratoga and the junction with Saratoga-Sunnyvale, then continue straight on Big Basin Way/CA 9. Drive uphill on 9 for about 7 miles to the Saratoga Gap intersection (junction of 9 and CA 35), then continue straight on CA 9. Drive downhill on 9 for 6 miles to a stop sign, then continue straight onto CA 236. Proceed on this narrow winding road for 8.5 miles to the park headquarters (left) and parking lots (right).
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Parking Fees: $10 per vehicle.
Capacity: Multiple parking lots. Dozens of cars may be parked inside the park.
DISTANCE: 10 miles
ELEVATION: 2,200 ft
DIFFICULTY: moderate with some strenuous areas. Not a hike for beginners!
LUNCH: We'll eat, rest, and put our feet in the water at the SILVER WATERFALLS resting point while enjoying the views. If you are brave enough, you can go down the waterfalls and enjoy the refreshing water soothing your feet!
To Berry Creek Falls: Hop onto Skyline to the Sea Trail from Park HQ. There are lots of trails near Park HQ: this map is helpful. Keep following Skyline to the Sea Trail until you reach a junction with Berry Creek Falls Trail. Berry Creek falls is about 0.1 miles along Berry Creek Falls Trail.
To Park HQ: From Berry Creek Falls, climb up Berry Creek Falls Trail (1.0 miles) → right on Sunset Trail (2.0 miles) to a junction with Timms Creek Trail. Continue along Sunset Trail (3.0 miles) → right on Skyline to the Sea Trail (0.3 miles) to reach Park HQ.