Big Basin Redwoods Day Hike

Synopsis: Hike through giant redwoods, along babbling brooks, and around impressive falls. Good trail conditions. Optional 1/2 mile post-hike walk on interpretive trail to see mother and father of the forest and other redwood attractions. Worth the drive.

If you wish to hike fast and get back early, this is not the hike for you. Mellow hikers welcomed.

Estimated Distance: 11 miles

Estimated Elevation Gain: Approximately 1400+ feet

Pace: Leisurely to Moderate (average 2 mph)

 

Leader: Steve Bakaley (slbakaley [at] lbl [dot] gov)

Meet: 10 am at the Redwood Trail Head across from Big Basin State Park headquarters.

Estimated Return: Between 5 and 6PM

Bring: lunch and liquids. Insect repellant recommended for mosquitoes.

Cancellation: Any rain cancels.

Cost: $10 parking fee. Directions: take I-880/17 south to Highway 9 (Saratoga) exit in Los Gatos. Take 9 (right at exit) past junction with Highway 35 to junction with Highway 236. Take 236 (a narrow winding road) eight miles to park headquarters.

Carpools: leader at Walnut Creek BART at 7:45 am (expect 2 hour driving time from Walnut Creek); feel free to set up your own carpools. It's a long drive and company's good to have.

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  • Mehrnaz

    Thanks Steve .

    June 30, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Steve and Norm, i will keep my fiingers crossed. I wound love to see to the ancient redwoods along with other plants.

    June 28, 2014

    • Reba/earthseekinmama

      Email me

      June 28, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      I already got a ride Beki.

      June 30, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Fun and challenging hike. Amazing ancient redwoods.

    June 30, 2014

  • Sarita

    Beautiful redwoods-love Big Basin! Thanks for organizing.

    June 29, 2014

  • Norm

    This was a really nice hike among beautiful redwoods and waterfalls. Great group of people in our train. Pictures says it all.

    June 29, 2014

  • Steve B.

    Nice group of people. Very comfortable temperatures. Saw two kinds of orchids. Epipactis Helleborine (weed orchid) and Corallorhiza Maculata (Coral Root).

    June 29, 2014

  • Robin K

    I will be coming from East Bay (Berkeley) and have room for 1-2 more. Any takers?

    June 22, 2014

    • MT

      Hi robin do you still have space? Can I join you?

      June 28, 2014

    • Robin K

      Sorry to the ppl I didn't reply to--I just saw this!

      June 28, 2014

  • Valerie

    Excellent leaders & sweep!

    June 28, 2014

  • Katelin S

    Steve. We have 4 people in our car. Please wait for us. We are runing 10 .minutes late.

    June 28, 2014

  • Norm

    Looks like the Berkeley area might have some crowded cars. If you want to meet me at Lafayette BART from 7:30 to 7:45. We'll drive down 680 and I'll come back on 880 and drop you off. I have plenty of room for 2 more.

    June 27, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Hi Norm, I dont think so. I just emailed you and Mira. If you are willing to go out of your way and pick me up at the Terminal Caltrain Station.

      June 28, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      And I will help cover the bridge toll if you come that way.

      June 28, 2014

  • Dan

    Anyone know what the poison oak factor on the trail(s) we are taking?

    June 27, 2014

  • John Z.

    Hello everyone, I have a last minute need, Is anyone carpooling from the city (SF) that I could join in with? I'd love to help with Gas / Parking, etc. Thank you so much!! Please message me on here

    June 27, 2014

    • Mira

      I have a last minute space available! Email me to coordinate.

      June 27, 2014

  • Steve B.

    Hey guys, the weather is looking GREAT for Saturday with temps in the 70's. I can use another driver at Walnut Creek BART for people who DON'T want to stay over for dinner plus I've already gotten several requests for places in my car. I would hate to turn someone away because it is illegal in California to bungee someone to my roof.

    June 24, 2014

    • Ryan Y.

      Hi Norm, unfortunately I've had a change in plans so I am giving up my spot. Have fun!

      June 27, 2014

    • Norm

      Ryan,Thanks for heads-up. See you on trails some other time.

      June 27, 2014

  • Petula L.

    If anyone is leaving from the San Bruno/Millbrae/Burlingame area, I can carpool with you. Use [masked] or[masked]-9303. Thank you.

    June 23, 2014

    • Petula L.

      Hi Judy,

      June 27, 2014

    • Petula L.

      Hi Judy, I have to cancel carpool arrangements with you. I will call and text you tonight. Petula

      June 27, 2014

  • Chris E.

    I just realized that this would be a two hour drive from benicia! Oops! Sorry to miss it

    June 26, 2014

  • MT

    hi! anyone is coming from Berkeley/ East Bay?
    I would love to share gas cost + snacks and stories !
    thanks !

    June 23, 2014

    • Robyn

      Yes, I have space for 3 + me = 4 total

      June 23, 2014

    • saravanan

      Hi Robyn I am from Berkeley, can I join with u (I would love to share gas cost, tool etc )

      June 26, 2014

  • Ernie C.

    I have room in my car for anyone wishing to meet me at either the Castro Valley or Hayward BART station. Contact me via Meet Up .

    June 25, 2014

  • Steve B.

    Folks,
    Please leave lots of time to get to the meeting place. It's an hour and 45 minutes from Walnut Creek to Big Basin. That does not include the time it takes to find a parking space and walk to the meeting spot. And I do recommend carpooling. You could wind up parking half a mile away. Please don't make 50 people wait for you.

    June 25, 2014

  • Reba/earthseekinmama

    Hi. I'm on the waiting list but would love to hitch tide from SF Sunset if something opens up

    June 23, 2014

    • Mira

      You can email me through my Meetup profile. I'd rather not post my email address here.

      June 24, 2014

    • Steve B.

      You can send emails to anyone signed up as a member of the meetup. Doesn't matter what your waitlist status is.

      June 25, 2014

  • Norm

    If anyone would like to ride with me, let me know. I have room for 2-3 more. Meet at Walnut Creek BART from 7:30 to 7:45 by the taxis. I drive a black Nissan Xterra. I am not staying for dinner.

    June 25, 2014

  • Ryan Y.

    Steve, can I get a ride from WC BART?[masked]

    June 23, 2014

    • Ryan Y.

      Nice place, but I might pass on that. Think I can find a ride back?

      June 24, 2014

    • Steve B.

      You probably can but your better option is to pick another driver. Less hassle and smaller probability of losing something in my car.

      June 24, 2014

  • Judy L.

    Thanks Steve!

    June 23, 2014

  • Steve B.

    Hi All, it's time to remind anyone who is signed up but not intending to come to change their RSVP. There are 35 people on the wait list.

    June 23, 2014

  • Nicole

    Driving from SF. Please email (not post) if you need a ride.

    June 22, 2014

  • joan O

    Hi Mira,
    I just sent a message to your re: wanting a ride

    June 20, 2014

  • Mira

    I can drive from SF. Email me if you want a ride.

    1 · June 20, 2014

  • Judy L.

    I'll be leaving from San Jose if people want to car pool

    1 · June 20, 2014

  • Ernie C.

    I have room in my car if anyone wants a ride from the Castro Valley or Hayward BART station.

    1 · June 20, 2014

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