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Big Basin Big Loop - 20 miles and 4,500 feet climbing
*****PLEASE READ EVERYTHING***** Let's stay closer to Santa Cruz and explore Big Basin. Hike starts at Wadell Beach. We cruise up the road a short distance and head on the Skyline to Sea Trail to West Ridge. After a short, steep climb we top out on west ridge and follow this to Chalk Mountain. We pause for a lunch break here and take in the views. We head on Chalk Mountain Road to Whitehouse Road and down Anderson Landing Road to the Berry Creek Falls Trail. We take in the 3 waterfalls and take Skyline to Sea Trail back to the beach. Expect a brisk pace and lots of great vistas and some cool waterfalls. Carpooling encouraged. I can take 4 others. Meet at Starbucks at 41st and Soquel at 8 am. !!!!!IMPORTANT!!!!! This a wait list hike. I will add people as they sign up and will base it on previous experience with them, or if they have been vouched for, or if they answer my questions via private message. If you don't make it on the list, don't worry, there will be many more.... We need to make sure EVERYONE is at similar fitness levels and the distance, elevation gain and pace is doable for each and every person. The route is somewhat complicated so I don't want to be waiting at trail intersections for too long. We also have limited daylight and we all want to finish before sunset. WHAT TO BRING: • Sturdy hiking shoes or boots with good tread • Layered clothing for protection against wind and cool temperatures. I'm sure there will some poison oak so do what you need to protect yourself • Sun protection (hat/sunscreen) • Water (3-5 liters) • Lunch (and other food/snacks for extra fuel) • Trekking poles if that's your thing • Flashlight/Head Lamp - I always bring one RAIN will reschedule RESPONSIBILITY: Please be aware that we expect you to take responsibility for your safety while we are out on the trails. Joining hikes with the Santa Cruz Hardcore Hikers Group is entirely voluntary and participants assume the full risks associated with the activities. It is each hiker's responsibility to ensure that he/she is in sufficient fitness and health to participate in the hiking activity and to bring appropriate water, food, clothing, first aid, and navigation equipment for the conditions. Our group and the individual hike organizer make no representation or warranties about the quality, safety, or supervision of these activities. By getting yourself on the wait list to this event, you acknowledge and agree to the foregoing.

Wadell Creek Entrance to Big Basin

Big Basin park entrance highway 1 · Santa Cruz, CA

What we're about

This group is for adventure seekers that enjoy pushing themselves physically while spending the day outside in nature. Most hikes will be between 12-25+ miles and involve moderate to extreme elevation gains. We average 3-4 mph and don't take long breaks. You must be in good physical shape, be able to keep the pace, and be able to do the distance.

I wanted to form this group because most of the hikes in the other groups are either too short or the pace is a bit too slow with long breaks. I like pushing myself and covering lots of ground. I hope to do at least one or two hikes a month.

Most events will be close to Santa Cruz but I do enjoy the Ventana Wilderness and other parks that are at most 2.5 hours from Santa Cruz. We will do amazing loops and out and backs full of incredible views, varied terrain, and points of interest such as waterfalls, swimming holes, hot springs, old growth trees etc... Most of the hikes are on established trails but occasionally we will venture off-trail. If you are looking for a physically demanding day with lots of adventure and amazing natural beauty with minimal lollygagging then this is your group.

I welcome suggestions for hikes. I'm fairly familiar with local trails but love finding out about new ones and ways to connect known ones together. Each hike will have detailed route info, options for car pools, and how best to come prepared.

Disclaimer: The Organizers are not professional guides and do not have certified training nor insurance. As you are aware, inherent hazards and risks are associated with hiking and all other physical activity. You are responsible for your own safety and health. The individual hike Organizer is not in charge of this hike, but simply going on a hike and inviting others to join.

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