Hike: Big Basin SP - Berry Creek Falls

Rescheduled from February 8, when it was rained out, this 12-mile hike, with a very gradual 400 feet of elevation gain , will take us from Waddell Beach to Berry Creek Falls and back. We will follow Waddell Creek to a lunch stop at the roaring 70 foot falls. Bring water, your lunch, and an extra layer.  Steady rain cancels. Meet at the Santa Cruz Government Center lot at 9:00 am sharp, to carpool. Or on Highway 1, across from Waddell Beach, at 9:25 am. Return to the beach by 3:30 pm, Government Center by 4:00.  No dogs, please. Call if you have any questions. Leader: Allan Neymark, 831, 457, 2505.

More Monterey Bay Sierra Club hikes: http://ventana.sierraclub.org/schedule .


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  • Don K.

    Below is a link to the John Muir Story I was talking about:

    Chautauqua:The Nature Study Movement in Pacific Grove, CA
    http://chautauqua.stanford.edu

    1 · March 5, 2014

    • Allan N

      Don, Thanks for the link to the draft of your book.

      1 · March 5, 2014

  • Catherine Cat Heron S.

    Thank you, Don Kohrs, for sharing the link to Chautauqua: the Nature Study Movement in Pacific Grove. This is fascinating history. I didn't know that it reached so many cities and towns, and quite a few in the Central Valley. I worked in the Stanislaus County Free Library for about twelve years before coming to Santa Cruz. Thanks, Cat Steele

    1 · March 5, 2014

    • Don K.

      Cat...Glad you enjoyed the story...Please share with those who might have an interest...

      March 5, 2014

  • Barbara B.

    WONDERFULL RAINY FILLED HIKE! So happy we celebrated mother Nature! We're so lucky to have our own overflowing local Waterfall. Happy people too!!

    March 4, 2014

  • Sandra P.

    Wonderful! Good trail (despite puddles). Alan was great. Really nice group of folks. The falls were at their best, thanks to rain, which didn't seem to bother anyone. I would love to do this one again & go to the upper falls when not so muddy.

    March 4, 2014

  • Catherine Cat Heron S.

    I am so glad that I joined all of you for the hike into Berry Creek Falls. I loved walking in the rain, taking time along the way to meet a few people new to me, and the return walking into the warmth of the sun coming through the steam (fog) that it created. My boots are still wet! Thanks, Cat

    March 4, 2014

  • Don K.

    Great Hike....Great Group..

    March 3, 2014

  • Sue H.

    It was wonderful (in spite of a somewhat blustery start with occasional sprinkle, I stayed dry with raingear)! Gorgeous falls, lush plants, redwoods. Terrific leader and fellow hikers! Can't wait to return to Big Basin!

    March 3, 2014

  • Alice

    A nice hike in the rain. I look forward to more hikes in the rain. We need all we can get

    March 2, 2014

  • Meade F.

    I'm going to bail on this in favor of a hike more suited to the day and the vistas.

    March 2, 2014

  • Sandra P.

    I plan to be at the Ocean Street county building by 8:50 am. The falls should be gorgeous today!
    Is it safe to refill water bottles there or anywhere along the way? Or do we need to bring enough water to for the whole 12 miles?

    March 2, 2014

    • Allan N

      Bring enough water.

      March 2, 2014

  • Gary

    I will meet you at at Waddell.

    March 2, 2014

  • Joe K.

    Woke to the sound of rain. Sorry, I'll wait for a sunny day to visit the falls.

    March 2, 2014

  • Joe K.

    I'll be at the Waddell Creek parking lot at 9:17. Looking forward to a full-flowing Berry Creek

    March 2, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    So sorry! I REALLY wanted to attend, but something has come up on Monday, and I have to spend all day Sunday preparing for it. :(

    March 2, 2014

  • Allan N

    As of Saturday noon, the hike is on. The NOAA forecast for Sunday is for partly sunny, with a slight chance of showers (20%). You may want to bring a raincoat or poncho, just in case of rain. The trail will be muddy, and the landscape fresh and clean! I will post a notification here, if the hike is cancelled.

    March 1, 2014

  • Nena M.

    Can I bring a dog. Or no pets

    February 28, 2014

    • Allan N

      No dogs, please.

      March 1, 2014

  • Sandra P.

    Hi Lorena,
    The description states no dogs. I share your desire to "share the experience" with our dogs, but there are a lot of good reasons not to include them on this hike: disturbing to wildlife among others, not the least of which 12 miles can be a long way to go for a pup (unless you do that regularly). I learned my VERY strong 2 year old was not that happy after 6 miles of hiking in the mountains, even though I am sure he could survive twice that physically.
    Hope to see you tomorrow! -Sandy

    March 1, 2014

  • Sue H.

    How will we know if the hike is canceled due to rain?

    March 1, 2014

  • Sue H.

    I live in Monterey. Is anyone driving up from Monterey who would like to carpool?

    March 1, 2014

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