Waterfalls Loop: Big Basin

  • June 28, 2014 · 9:30 AM
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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 

https://www.facebook.com/bouldercreekbrewery

American

13040 California 9Boulder Creek, CA[masked]

http://dineries.com/ca/bouldercreek/boulder-creek-brewery-and-cafe/13040-california-9


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!

Location21600 Big Basin Way, Boulder Creek, CA‎ 95006 . Parking area is not visible in Google Maps.

Getting there:
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).

Latitude:[masked]  Longitude: [masked]

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!

TRAIL ROUTE:

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.




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  • Viviana

    What a beautiful place! Great pictures! I wish I was there...

    July 3

  • Robwestcoast

    Sensational pictures. Should frame or publish.

    June 30

  • Karen D.

    Big Basin and the waterfalls were gorgeous! Thanks to Nieves for organizing and to John for leading the hike. Special shout out to all those caring souls who helped me make it to the end--you're all angels! (Mark, bless you for carrying my pack on the last leg--it made all the difference!) Thanks for the rides Paul and Christina. . . . Now I know, 7 mile moderate hike GOOD, 10 mile strenuous hike, not so much! Thanks to all the photographers for sharing.

    1 · June 29

    • Mark B

      Karen, you did your best and never complained. You attitude was great and we all help each other. See you next event and hope also for future hike, ie: possibly less than 10 mile :)

      June 29

  • Nieves

    Thank you guys for enduring this "longer than our usual" hike. I'd been wanting to do this loop for a while and while planning it, I did not realize that the second part was a bit more "uphilly" than what I like… Good exercise, though, and we should all be proud we did it. Great views of the falls and conversations.
    Thanks for the posts and the photos :) Next hike will be under 10 miles, I promise :)

    2 · June 29

    • Susan

      Wait Nieves, I thought we are doing a 15-mile hike next time, no? (just kidding ;-)

      June 29

    • Nieves

      I meant "thanks for the 'potos'" … Yup, we are going to run a few miles with this joke :)

      June 29

  • Susan

    Dear Sammy, I don't have any "potos", but I will work on my photo images :-)

    1 · June 29

    • Sammy

      You have no potos?!!! good eyes Susan!

      June 29

    • Nieves

      So… I guess that now we will have to call you guys "potographers"­ instead… I like it, it has a Spanish ring to it :)

      1 · June 29

  • Sammy

    Who hasn't uploaded his /her pictures yet?
    let us see your PHOTOS!

    June 29

  • Sammy

    A heavenly heaven hike!!!!

    3 · June 29

    • Karen l.

      Loved the trees and the waterfalls!

      June 29

  • Mark B

    It was a very nice day and my first time on these trails. Worth the effort for the views. The falls were spectacular.

    June 29

  • A former member
    A former member

    Perfect day for a hike in the woods, great group of people and great pictures too.

    1 · June 29

  • Frank

    Everyone personable, tough hike, wonderful day!

    1 · June 29

  • Susan

    Thanks Nieves for organizing this great hike. I enjoyed it very much!!

    1 · June 28

  • Susan

    Great hike with wonderful people!!

    June 28

  • Janet

    Soectacular

    1 · June 28

  • Irene C.

    Hope you all have fun. Will beautiful Big Basin.

    June 28

  • RaeAnn

    Sorry to pull out last minute, strained a muscle running, still feeling it this morning. Better give it a few more days of rest. :((

    June 28

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hello everyone, I apologize for stepping out at the last monent, a situation has been presented to me this morning I must handle in person. I look forward to meeting everyone at a future event.

    June 28

  • Julie J

    Sorry to flake,,, I believe I ate something clearly I should not have. Have fun

    1 · June 28

  • Kristin

    After a long work week, this hike is just too long for me.

    1 · June 27

  • A former member
    A former member

    I just found out i had to go out of town tomorrow morning. I'm very disapponted i'm going to miss this hike.

    June 27

  • Karen D.

    Oops. Meant to say there is construction on Hwy 9 near Saratoga Springs and there is only one lane open. Delay will probably be at least 10 minutes.

    June 27

  • Karen D.

    I'll be in front of Starbucks at 8am and have 2 more seats in my car. Again very little parking in front of Gene's Market and no place to gather. Lots of parking on the left side of Starbucks.

    June 27

  • Karen D.

    Gene's Market is just 1 block off Saratoga Ave and 3 blocks North of Hwy 85. Lots of parking, a Starbucks, Deli, Prolific Oven, and of course anything you need at Gene's. It would be a straight shot from there through the city of Saratoga and up Hwy 9 to get to Big Basin.

    May 5

    • Lorette

      I'll be at gene's at 8. Looking for a shotgun seat for that windy road!

      June 27

    • Karen D.

      Lorette you can ride with me. I can also take 2 more.

      June 27

  • Julie J

    I will be at the carpool location, 800. I will drive myself as I have other commitments in the eve so I won't be able to stay for early dinner, I would like to follow people as I've never been there. I could take one or two people if they were not staying as well. See you all tomorrow

    June 27

  • Paul

    I will be at the carpool location and can take 3 or ride with someone that likes to drive.

    June 27

  • Nieves

    Carpool:
    Those interested in carpooling, meet at the Starbucks parking lot located nearby Gene's Market at 8:00 am. People should leave by 8:15 to make it on time.
    18850 Cox Ave, Saratoga, CA[masked]
    I will not be there. If interested, let others know :)

    June 27

  • Christina

    Hi what time are we meeting for the Carpool? Is this still the connection? Genes market 18850 Cox Ave, Saratoga, CA[masked]

    June 27

  • Yesenia

    Have to cancel due to niece's Bridal Shower :). Have a great time everyone :)

    1 · May 27

    • A former member
      A former member

      Lets do the hike another day...

      June 27

  • A former member
    A former member

    sounds like a fun hike, wish I can make it. If anyone wants to do it with me another time please reach out...

    June 27

  • Melinda

    This sounds like so much fun! Unfortunately my foot surgeon will not let me engage in this since it sounds a bit strenuous.

    June 27

  • Nieves

    Carpool information under comments. Meeting at Gene's Market. I will not be there but let others know if you are planning on carpooling ( please see info in one of the posted comments). Thanks!

    June 27

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry had to change. Conflict with another hike.

    June 27

  • A former member
    A former member

    to car pool from SJ. Thanks[masked]

    June 27

  • A former member
    A former member

    Annie

    June 27

  • Anita S

    I will be doing Giro Bello this same day (100k bike ride in Sonoma), otherwise I would have loved to come!

    June 25

  • Jerry

    Sorry to miss this super hike. I'm giving my knee another week off.

    June 23

  • Ryan

    Really was looking forward to this hike. Still recovering from a cold I caught and thinking I need to take it easy this weekend.

    June 25

  • Nieves

    OPTIONAL EARLY DINNER: I assume we will be done by 4:00 pm or a bit earlier.

    Boulder Creek Brewery & Cafe https://www.facebook.com/bouldercreekbrewery

    13040 California 9Boulder Creek, CA[masked]

    http://dineries.com/ca/bouldercreek/boulder-creek-brewery-and-cafe/13040-california-9

    June 23

  • Elena C

    Hi, I just changed my RSVP to No. Unfortunately, my plans changed this week end and I will have to miss this great hike. Have a fun.

    June 23

  • Nieves

    Please, update your RSVP if not sure you can attend this hike to allow members in the wait list to attend. Thanks!

    June 22

    • Nieves

      We meet on the main parking lot by the store (headquarter). No way you can miss us :)

      June 23

    • A former member
      A former member

      Sounds great, thanks!

      June 23

  • Nieves

    For this hike, please, make sure you bring plenty of water, layered clothing, sturdy shoes. and plenty of snacks to eat, We will stop by the Silver Waterfalls to eat lunch. Some of us will go down the fall to enjoy putting our feet in the cold water while eating. Bring a small towel just in case. We will then climb towards the gorgeous Golden Falls. Again, this is not a hike for beginners. Soooo looking forward to this hike :)

    June 23

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sounds like fun. I hate to miss it.

    June 20

  • Maria Clara M.

    My son is moving out of state and I have a farewell party. Next time :)

    June 15

  • Audrey

    Have to move my son out of college housing until he can move into the rental house in two weeks - Ugh -
    Not to compete - but if anyone is more interested in moving furniture, packing boxes and cleaning -in Reno -let me know. LOL

    June 13

  • andrea

    I would like to carpool with someone. Let me know!
    Thanks,
    Andrea

    May 25

  • Nieves

    Any suggestions for people to meet for carpooling would be appreciated.

    May 4

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