Big Basin / waterfalls 17 miles around 3400 feet elevation gain

  • January 5, 2013 · 9:00 AM
  • Big Basin Park Headquarters

This is a extension of the standard waterfalls loop.

Meeting  Time 9.00 am

Distance 17miles loop

Elevation Gain 36000feet

Difficulty, Strenuous

Moving speed averages usually 3 mph

Meetup fee $1

Parking fee $ 10 for state park

Hike Org. Chris J.

You should have done hikes over 12 miles and 2500 feet lately, this is not a hike for beginners, Most hikes I have organized have averaged 3 mph moving speed, be prepared for that

,Trail conditions: may include some or all of the following conditions*** steep up** and down sections** muddy*** slippery** wet** ***maybe some tress down where we have to scramble over, around or under***a few steep drop offs next to the trails**

Tick season has probably started, make sure to check during and after the hike at home.

Note I will be taking plenty of pictures and go after a few geocaches, I usually catch up fairly quick, but once in a while you may have to wait for me at the trail intersections.


A great meeting spot is at  the Saratoga Library for carpools**** [color=red] around[masked] ******  If my car is full prior to that I won't stop there. you may want to check and see who wants to mee there

just meet in the far right corner, away from the entrance, also make sure they don't have signs with parking restrictions, (so far they never had)

here is the link for the location of the library on saratoga ave (13600 block) in saratoga,-122.016113&hl=en&geocode=&mra=mi&mrsp=0&sz=18&sll=37.270335,-122.01555&sspn=0.002954,0.004109&am...


Remember if you carpool that the road from the library to the park is WINDY and SLOW (the last 9 miles) not good if you tend to get car sick. The drive from Saratoga to the Park should take about 50 min (23 miles) if you get car sick very easy you may reconsider joining a carpool, you may consider driving  yourself if that helps, but remember this will be a narrow windy road,***********the route via Boulder Creek maybe less windy,

If you don't meet at the library you will find me at around 9am in the parking lot across from the visitor center at Big Basin, look for my Red Saturn Vue


,Weather,  Increasing clouds with a chance of afternoon showers / rain (chance 50%)****the other forecast I checked mentinoned

A 30 percent chance of rain, mainly after 4pm.  Partly sunny, with a high near 55. South wind 5 to 9 mph***it will be chily in the morning and some shaded areas wont' warm up a lot, be prepared.


from the HQ we take skyline to the sea, berry creek falls trail, sunset trail to middle ridge road, then we go north on middle ridge road, meteor trail, a short segment on skyline to sea trail, sequoia trail to park HQ

Map for the first part of the hike Description: Waterfalls, creeks and plenty of Redwoods.



Gps data, with elevation profile and terrain map



Website for the Park

Directions to park, link below,-122.221913&hl=en&geocode=&mra=mi&mrsp=0&sz=17&sll=37.173038,-122.223716&sspn=0.005916,0.008218&ie=UTF8&t=h&z=17

There is different ways to get there, please check the map. Here is the offical directions from the state park website: Route 2 (From San Francisco Area) Take either the 101 or 280 freeway south. From there take the 85 freeway south. Exit 85 at Saratoga Avenue. Turn right and head west on Saratoga Avenue. This road goes through the quaint shopping area of Saratoga and then begins to climb into the mountains. At this point the road automatically becomes Highway 9. Stay on 9 as it winds through the mountains for 6 miles. You will then see as sign for Hwy 236/Big Basin. straight onto Hwy 236 and continue on this road for 9 miles until you come to Park Headquarters.

The last miles on Hwy 236 are WINDY and SLOW make sure to allow some EXTRA TIME *************************

The park site has directions from San Jose also but they direct you way down to Scotts Valley, seems like a detour to me

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  • Lakshmi

    I just went for this hike this Saturday. Absolutely gorgeous hike. The weather was great and the falls were beautiful !! Don't miss it.

    February 17, 2013

  • John L.

    This is a beautiful wooded area on the west slope of the Santa Cruz mountains. Most of the hike is deep within the redwood forests along creek canyons with creek crossings and glade traverses; thus panoramic vista views are somewhat lacking. But if shaded Sherwood forest-type exploring, complete with waterfalls, ferns and exotic-colored mushrooms is your cup-of-tea, this was the hike for you!

    January 6, 2013

  • Ricardo

    Hi, is there anybody who can give me a ride from SF or a BART Station (too early for Saturday Caltrain).

    January 4, 2013

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