Meet Nature Up Close on Walk to Eagle Rock

Join us on this docent-led nature walk and learn lots of fun facts about the history of the Park and the inhabitants of the redwood forest (we're talking plants and critters). Photographer, plant expert and docent of the California State Parks and Sempervirens, Scott Peden, is our guide.

Looking for the best scenic outlooks in the Santa Cruz Moutains? Look no further, because Eagle Rock is the highest peak in all of Big Basin Redwoods State Park. Get ready for truly incredible views -- take in half of Big Basin Park, all the way to Sempervirens Point and Castle Rock.

This nature walk is for those who love taking their time along the trail to examine the flora and fauna in detail. Docent Scott's latest book is called Life on a Redwood Post and it's all about seeing nature up close, very close, which is what we'll be doing for much of this nature walk.

 

We'll begin our hike at Little Basin and proceed along a 6 mile loop with lots of elevation gains and (no surprise) steep downhill trails. Hiking poles advised. Wear broken in hiking shoes - no new boots/shoes.

Duration: 6 hours

Mileage: 6 miles

Elevation:2488 ft / 758 m

Approximate Hiking Pace: 1 mile per hour

Bring your lunch and water

Location can be tricky to find. Here's a map to Little Basin Road. The trailhead is off of Little Basin Road. We're meeting at 21700 Little Basin Road (at the WOLF School Campus)

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  • Donna B.

    Gene, I can't believe you took your pictures with your phone...technology is amazing:).

    April 11, 2013

  • Donna B.

    I could just post "Wow!" to all of your shots, Scott. It really is a treat to see the detail of the bugs and flowers...and thank you for adding your insights and pointing out the peaks in these pictures. I'm looking forward to the Pine Mountain hike.

    April 11, 2013

  • Donna B.

    Would love to see the flora and fauna that you captured with your camera, Scott...I can't capture that detail with my camera. If I mislabeled any plants, please correct me. Been checking out some of the links at your website--really enjoying it.

    April 10, 2013

  • Donna B.

    Loved Scott's broad knowledge of the flora and fauna as well as his local knowledge of the area and his great sense of humor.

    April 6, 2013

    • Scott

      Thanks! I hope to see you for the Pine Mountain/Buzzards Roost excursion out of Little basin, in June!

      April 6, 2013

    • Scott

      Send me a mail at my personal address on my card, so I can send you the photos on top of Eagle Rock.

      April 7, 2013

  • maimai

    sorry.changing rsvp just now.. funeral in the family

    April 6, 2013

  • Jill

    Can't make it as I am ill.

    April 5, 2013

  • Rod

    Where is the trailhead school in reference to the "Little Basin" entrance sign? I'm use to Little Basin Rd. but have normally climbed to Eagle Rock from the pull out before the resort sign. Thanks for any directions.

    April 5, 2013

    • Scott

      Keep going through the entrance, which is just past where your use to parking. maybe .2 miles. You'll see the pavement head to the right. It is the old Hewlett Packard Property. Operations is the building with 3 parking spaces, I'll be between there and the cars parked on the left, as you enter.

      April 5, 2013

  • Sempervirens F.

    Hi All,
    Looking forward to our nature walk tomorrow, at Little Basin. Docent Scott thought the following, friendly reminders might be in order: Check the MeetUp Map which will provide directions to our meeting location; the last two miles of driving to Little Basin are slow-going (we're talking single lane, 20 mph pace, if not Mr Toad's Wild Ride...) so please factor this in; bring water, lunch, hat for the sunny ridge tops, jacket for the cold canyons, and a walking stick for the steeps.

    It's going to be a great day to hike, and learn about the flora, fauna and history of this magnificent landscape!

    April 5, 2013

  • Scott

    the map for little basin says 3.6 miles after you see the golf course/country club.

    March 31, 2013

  • Scott

    An additional trick to find Little Basin Road is that it is at the top of a grassy ridge, on the south side. It's about 2 miles down an old paved rd to the entrance.

    March 31, 2013

  • Scott

    We start at the 1000 elevation mark, for about a 1500 foot elevation gain in about 4.5 miles. We lose all that elevation in roughly 1.5 miles

    March 16, 2013

  • Ty h.

    any carpooling from Santa Cruz for this hike, Berry Falls, and Castle Rock?

    March 14, 2013

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