Feb 9, 2013 · 10:00 AM
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The Berry Creek Loop is the centerpiece of Big Basin. The highlight of this very popular loop is the Skyline-to-the-Sea Trail, which climbs through four miles of pristine redwood forest in a steep-sided canyon. The loop offers some great redwood scenery and has remarkably little encroachment from roads and other development.
The 10-mile loop starts at park headquarters and descends by way of the Sunset Trail to Berry Creek Falls, before a long and scenic ascent (long, but mild incline) on the Skyline-to-the-Sea trail back to park headquarters. The total elevation gain is about 1800 feet. Takes approx. 5 to 6 Hours.
We will be taking many breaks along the way to refuel and have lunch. Please bring plenty of water, snacks and a sandwich or something more substantial for lunch.
There is a $10.00 parking fee per car so this would be a good one for car pooling.
Car pool location: 14777 Los Gatos Boulevard, Los Gatos, CA 95032.
Please be there by 8:30.
Take either the 101 freeway south or 280 freeway south. From there take the 85 freeway south. Exit 85 at Saratoga Road. Turn right and head west on Saratoga Road. After a few miles, you'll encounter a signal. Pick up Highway 9 here; take a right and drive through the quaint shopping area of Saratoga. The road then begins to climb into the mountains. Stay on 9 as it winds through the mountains for 12 miles. You will then see a sign for Highway 236/Big Basin. Turn right onto Highway 236 and continue on this road for 9 miles until you come to Park Headquarters.