Difficulty Level: 13.1 miles, about 2500 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. There is some steep climbing at the falls with rock steps and a cable for support.
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: We will start out on the Sunset Trail, hike above the Golden Cascade and Silver Falls, then take Berry Creek Falls Trail to the Berry Creek Falls, cross Waddell Creek bridge, follow Howard King Trail to Sunset connector trail and back to headquarters. We will stop along the way for snacks and viewing the falls and have lunch at Mount McAbee Overlook as we glimpse the ocean.
Carpool: from Felton Faire Shopping Center (Safeway) about 45 minutes to park headquarters. There will be a no host carpool at Felton Safeway (parking lot close to Graham Hill Road) 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.
There have been two fires in Big Basin recently. Both a 3 acre fire near where we are hiking and a 1/2 acre fire also near to where we will be hiking. There might be changes in our plan if there is any risk of fire danger on the day of our hike. Please check the notifications on this site the day of the hike.