We’ve got. . . well. . . some water. Let’s visit Big Basin Redwoods State Park and see some waterfalls. The Berry Creek Loop is the centerpiece of Big Basin Redwoods State Park. The highlight of this very popular loop is the Skyline-to-the-Sea Trail, which climbs through four miles of pristine redwood forest in a steep-sided canyon. The loop offers some great redwood scenery and has remarkably little encroachment from roads and other development.
The 10-mile loop starts at park headquarters and descends by way of the Sunset Trail to Berry Creek Falls, before a long and scenic ascent on the Skyline-to-the-Sea trail back to park headquarters. The total elevation gain is about 1800 feet.
Time: Meet at Park Headquarters at 10:00 a.m. I estimate the hike will take five hours (give or take)
Directions – Leave plenty of time to get there. The roads are windy
Route 1 (From San Jose Area)
Take Highway 880 South, which automatically becomes Highway 17. As you head towards Santa Cruz and come down from the summit, you will see a sign on the freeway for Big Basin. The actual road name is Mount Hermon Road. Exit the freeway here and stay right onto Mount Hermon Road. Stay on this road as it goes through the city of Scotts Valley. Mount Hermon Road ends at an intersection with a signal (Graham Hill Rd.). Turn right at this light. You will immediately come to another lighted intersection, (Highway 9) turn right again. Stay on Highway 9 in this northerly direction for 15 miles. You will be traveling through several mountain towns. You will eventually come to the town of Boulder Creek. In Boulder Creek there is one stop sign. At this stop sign you will turn left onto Highway 236/Big Basin Way. Stay on this highway for 9 miles and you will enter the Park. Proceed to Park Headquarters.
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. Go straight onto Hwy 236 and continue on this road for 9 miles until you come to Park Headquarters.
Optional post-hike beer anywhere of our choosing