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Big Basin Meteor Trail/Hollow Tree Loop

Difficulty Level: 8.1 miles, about 1200 ft. There is a long fairly steep stretch, so you should be in fairly good condition, with good stamina.

Trails: Trails are pretty wide and well-maintained and mostly shady. Sun exposure along the top of the ridge and at the snack/rest stop.

What to bring: water, lunch, snacks, tick repellent, sun protection. Please bring $2 gas money for your carpool driver. Also bring your State Parks Pass if you have one, otherwise bring $2 for your share of the $10 parking fee.

Description: Start at Big Basin park headquarters along the Skyline-to-Sea Trail. The first two miles are a gentle climb through redwoods along beautiful Opal Creek. Then on the Meteor Trail take the long ascent to Middle Ridge Fire Road.  We will continue to climb on Middle Ridge until we hit the summit, where we turn to go down the lovely Hollow Tree Trail.  I suspect it will take us a shorter time than 4 hours, but plan on that and we'll see.  

Carpool:  from Felton Faire Shopping Center (Safeway) about 45 minutes to park headquarters.  Allan will be at Felton Safeway (parking lot close to Graham Hill Road) coordinating the carpool at 9 am.  The hike will take off from Big Basin at 10am.

Note: This is an 'at risk' activity. By joining us on this hike you agree to hold the organizers, assistant organizers, and other members harmless. You are responsible for your own safety on the hike. Please read the FAQ.  Always keep the person ahead of you and the person behind you in full sight, and if you plan on hiking ahead, wait for the group to catch up at all trail junctions.

 

 

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  • Allan

    Great Hike Peggy...keep them coming

    May 23, 2014

  • SusiQ

    Peggy did an awesome job on this hike, we are lucky that she was a docent and knew so much about the area.

    1 · May 23, 2014

  • Mari K.

    Our hike stats are a little different than I first thought. I got 7.06 mi and total ascent 1331. Did anyone else get data? Here is our track: http://connect.garmin.com/activity/505536399#

    May 23, 2014

  • Mari K.

    Thanks Peggy for organizing a wonderful hike! It was a great way to start the Memorial Day weekend. And I loved your poem!

    1 · May 23, 2014

  • Bonnie M.

    Beautiful and fun! Thank you Peggy.

    1 · May 23, 2014

  • Joyce R.

    Peggy, Thank you for a fabulous hike. I really enjoyed the day with a great group of people. Your recital of that beautiful poem was a highlight.

    1 · May 23, 2014

  • Susan

    Ended up hiking this trail about an hour behind the group. Beautiful hike. Next time I will actually read the trail notes and get the right information! Sorry to have missed you all.

    May 23, 2014

  • Jeff

    Terrific hike and great group of people on a perfect day in a beautiful park! Memorable #200 for me. Thanks Peggy!

    1 · May 23, 2014

  • Susan

    Missed the note about 9am carpool. So sorry. Please don't wait.

    May 23, 2014

  • Aine S.

    I'm sorry I have to back out. .......but it sounds like there is a lot of people going! Enjoy!

    May 22, 2014

  • Peggy

    Catherine K. please send me an email or phone number as I see I am unable to reach you.

    May 21, 2014

  • Peggy

    Since we now have people on the waitlist and I want everyone to come, I have increased the size of the group to accommodate all. However, for those on the waitlist, I have decided we cannot include guests. (For those already on the hike, this doesn't apply, but I have closed off the guest option for those who are now on the waitlist.) For the one person that this applies to, sorry! I will be doing this hike again soon!

    May 21, 2014

  • Tom G.

    I'll meet at the park

    May 18, 2014

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