Distance: ~22 miles
Elevation Gain: ~4000 feet
Time: ~12 hours
Difficulty: 5 -Very Strenuous hike - ONLY recommended for Experienced Hikers
(Extreme Elevation gain + long distance + all day event to build endurance)
[scale used: 1-Easy...5-Very Strenuous]
Pace: Moderate pace of average ~2 miles per hour.
Calorie burn for the hike: ~7000 to 8500 calories
Water: Min 4 Liters, 5 ~ 6 Liters recommended. No refill points along the route.
Fuel: Bring food/snacks for min 2500+ calories, electrolytes, sugary snack/chocolates
Exposure: Around 75% Shaded, sunblock required.
Equipment: Hiking shoes with good treads, woolen socks (no cotton socks to avoid blisters), headlamps, layered clothing
Back Pack: Min. 20 pounds -- 20 to 50 pounds depending on your fitness level recommended
Cost: $2 Donation
Weather: MILD -- Clear sunny day, between 54 to 70, with 0% chance of rain.
Park Headquarters Phone: +1 [masked]
Directions: click here for Google Maps to map directions
Hike: We will start from the park Headquarters using Sunset trail to Berry Creek Falls in an anti-clockwise loop, from there we will descend on to Skyline to the Sea Trail and will follow it all the way to Waddell Beach. Waddell Beach will be our lunch break/ short nap break. We will take the Skyline to the Sea trail back, will jump onto McCrary Ridge trail after crossing east Waddell Creek, that will lead us to Hihn Hammond. From here we will descend down the Howard King Trail which will take us back to bottom of Berry Creek Falls. From here we will Take Skyline to the Sea Trail back to the park headquarters.
Big Basin: Big Basin Redwoods State Park is California's oldest State Park, established in 1902. Home to the largest continuous stand of ancient coast redwoods south of San Francisco, the park consists of over 18,000 acres of old growth and recovering redwood forest, with mixed conifer, oaks, chaparral, and riparian habitats. Elevations in the park vary from sea level to over 2,000 feet. The climate ranges from foggy and damp near the ocean to sunny, warm ridge tops. These Big Basin Waterfalls are particularly inspiring after a heavy rain when they turn into swift torrents. More Details here...
I will let these beautiful pictures from Leo's blog do all the talking. Please visit Leo's blog for more.
Location: The park is located in the Santa Cruz Mountains and contains the largest continuous stand of old growth redwood forest. The Big Basin Redwood State Park is about 65 miles south of San Francisco. From Santa Cruz travel approx 25 miles northwest via Highways 9 and 236 to reach Park Headquarters. Park Headquarters is 9 miles north of the town of Boulder Creek on State Hwy 236. All roads into Big Basin are curvy.
How to pay your Fair-Share to Carpool driver: when we carpool, we should take into account vehicles wear and tear, tires, in addition to gas spent when paying the Carpool Driver. Here is our recommended formula:
Driver+1: passenger pay 70% of gas + share the parking fees equally.
Driver+2: the two passengers, each pay 50% of gas + share the parking fees equally (driver’s share is wear & tear + driver shares the parking fees).
Driver+3: the three passengets, each passenger pay 33% of gas + share the parking fees equally (driver’s share is wear & tear + driver share the parking fees).
Phones: phones don't work at inside BigBasin or at Big Basin HQ Parking Lot. Take a day off your phone. :)
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