Big Basin Redwoods Waterfalls

Boulder Creek, California

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A varied trail loop links Big Basin Redwoods’ main attraction, Berry Creek Falls, with the two equally stunning but less-visited falls that lie upstream. Silver Falls flies over a relatively sheer cliff into a small pool, while Golden Cascades tumbles over tiers near the apex of the loop. This long loop, which takes in Berry Creek’s three waterfalls before curling back toward home, is arguably outside the realm of a day hike. Indeed, it can be part of an overnight trip, because Sunset Camp lies along the route. But for hardy hikers who want to see what lies above lovely Berry Creek Falls, it’s worth the effort. Just be sure you alot enough time to complete the whole loop in the span of a short winter’s day.
Hiking Waterfalls in Northern California

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Hiking Waterfalls in Northern California

by Tracy Salcedo-Chourré (Falcon Guides)

A varied trail loop links Big Basin Redwoods’ main attraction, Berry Creek Falls, with the two equally stunning but less-visited falls that lie upstream. Silver Falls flies over a relatively sheer cliff into a small pool, while Golden Cascades tumbles over tiers near the apex of the loop. This long loop, which takes in Berry Creek’s three waterfalls before curling back toward home, is arguably outside the realm of a day hike.

Indeed, it can be part of an overnight trip, because Sunset Camp lies along the route. But for hardy hikers who want to see what lies above lovely Berry Creek Falls, it’s worth the effort. Just be sure you alot enough time to complete the whole loop in the span of a short winter’s day.

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Activity Type: Backpacking, Hiking
Nearby City: Boulder Creek
Distance: 12.3
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Difficult
Duration: 12-14 hours
Season: Year-round
Features: Waterfalls
Local Contacts: Big Basin Redwoods State Park, 21600 Big Basin Way, Boulder Creek, CA 95006-9064; (831) 338-8860; www.parks.ca.gov
Local Maps: USGS Santa Cruz CA; park map available online and at the park visitor center
Driving Directions: Directions to Big Basin Redwoods Waterfalls

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