Hike Big Basin and see some waterfalls

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

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  • Peter

    Thanks Josh for a organizing the hike, and thanks the gang for making it a great one.

    July 5, 2013

  • Allen

    Thanks again, Josh. Great trip!

    July 5, 2013

  • Amy P.

    I am in Mountain View, can carpool with anyone who is passing en route... Meira would be interested in carpool?

    July 2, 2013

    • meira

      Hey Emily, I do. We're meeting at red rock on Castro at 8:15. Does that work for you? PM me to coordinate

      July 3, 2013

    • Amy

      That was fun! Thanks for leading Josh!

      July 5, 2013

  • Katie

    Fun day! Thank you, Josh, for organizing!

    July 4, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I might be a bit late to the game here, but is anyone passing through SF with room in their car?

    Thanks!

    July 3, 2013

    • Lindsey

      I'm a bit last minute too, but will be coming from SF. Maybe Susanne still needs a carpool as well? Can use my car if needed.

      July 3, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Lindsey, I haven't RSVP'd yet but if you are up for driving I can cover gas. I'll PM you my number and am headed out for the night. Later!

      July 3, 2013

  • Allen

    I can carpool with anyone interested. I'll be leaving from Redwood Shores.

    July 2, 2013

    • Allen

      Cool. That was a "yes" on 8:30, "pass" on coffee, right?

      July 3, 2013

    • Katie

      I'll have had my morning espresso by then...haha :) Very excited, everybody! Tomorrow is going to be a fun day.

      July 3, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I RSVP'd yes but would need a ride from SF. Let me know if I can join you--will pay share of gas/parking. Thanks!

    1 · June 30, 2013

    • Lindsey

      I'm planning to come from SF, if you're still in need of a ride?

      July 3, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Hi Lindsey thanks but I already have made ride attangementd

      July 3, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm new to the group, and know none of the attendees. I do, though, know the route pretty well, as I moved from Scotts Valley (adjacent to Felton( in May; I'm now in San Jose.
    If anyone would like to join me on the way down, let me know. There's a park and ride at the VTA Almaden station where I could pick folks (up to 3) up.

    July 3, 2013

  • Amanda

    anyone still needing a pickup? i am coming in from Santa Rosa area. have one riding with. Can p/u 2 more.

    July 2, 2013

    • Amanda

      Katie, that would be great. Now we are a full car. Can you pm me your digits and also a place close to the highway that would be convenient to pick you up? We need to be in Redwood City by 8:30, so I will plan to pick you up about 7:00am depending on where you are in Marin.

      July 3, 2013

    • Katie

      Yes! Will do that right now.

      July 3, 2013

  • Debbie

    yicks, had to reconsider because of the traffic expected on Highway 1. I will join you all soon! Have a BLAST!

    July 1, 2013

    • Amanda

      Hey Chris, we are going south so early. My guess is traffic is going to be killer heading north on the way home. But the upside is seeing fireworks along the drive.

      July 3, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Thanks Amanda!

      July 3, 2013

  • Jacqueline

    Unfortunately, I need to be back by 4 and won't be able to make it.
    Enjoy!!

    July 2, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Do we have to "pack it out"?

    July 2, 2013

  • Amanda

    I am happy to go and to pick up some folks along the way. I am in Sebastopol, so could p/u in Santa Rosa, Marin, and SF--woop! woop! And I am down for a beer afterwards.

    July 1, 2013

    • Brad

      Amanda, I'd like to carpool and share expenses. Happy to drive or ride from San Rafael. [masked]

      July 1, 2013

    • Amanda

      Great Brad, I will be in touch to coordinate once I know if there will be any other 'pit-stops' along the route. ttyl.

      1 · July 1, 2013

  • meira

    I'm in palo alto and can drive if anyone wants to carpool

    1 · July 1, 2013

  • Debbie

    I'd love to come if we can get a car pool from Santa Rosa or along the way...

    1 · June 30, 2013

  • Brad

    Sounds like a great hike. It's also a long way to drive in a single occupant vehicle with summer spare the air alerts on their way. If I get at least one carpool partner I'll go. Leaving from Marin. I can take 3-4 people from Marin and points south.

    1 · June 30, 2013

  • Amy

    Sounds like a good idea- thanks for planning it! See you there!

    June 30, 2013

  • Jacqueline

    I'd love to carpool, anyone coming from Marin or SF?

    1 · June 29, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      I may go from marin. [masked]

      June 29, 2013

    • Molly W.

      I may go from SF - undecided about whether to take the day off!

      June 29, 2013

  • Jessie L.

    I would love to go, but don't have a car. Does anyone live in San Mateo County?

    June 29, 2013

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