Berry Creek Falls Trail

Big Basin Redwoods State Park, California

Elevation Gain762ft
Trailhead Elevation356ft
Elevation Min/Max355/805ft
Elevation Start/End356/356ft

Berry Creek Falls Trail

Berry Creek Falls Trail is a hiking trail in Santa Cruz County, California. It is within Big Basin Redwoods State Park and West Waddell Creek State Wilderness. The Silver Falls, Golden Cascade Falls, and Berry Creek Falls attractions and the Berry Creek Falls viewpoint can be seen along the trail. There is also a platform along the trail. The trail ends near the Berry Creek Falls viewpoint. There are also information guideposts and a bench near the end of the trail. This trail connects with the following: Skyline To The Sea Trail and Sunset Trail.

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101 Hikes in Northern California: Exploring Mountains, Valleys, and Seashore (Wilderness Press)
Matt Heid
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"A continuous forest primeval, laced with gurgling streams, Big Basin State Park is a green blaze of life. Yes, the park is popular and the waterfalls are a common destination. And yes, it’s worth it. Established in 1902, Big Basin was the first state park created to protect oldgrowth redwood forest in the Santa Cruz Mountains. In fact, the 3800 acres initially set aside as parkland were the very first to protect coast redwoods anywhere! The park holdings have since expanded and the total park area now exceeds 19,000 acres, stretching from the Pacific Ocean at the mouth of Waddell Creek to the heart of the Santa Cruz Mountains. The oldgrowth redwood forest is extensive and unmatched in total"
Hiking Waterfalls in Northern California (Falcon Guides)
Tracy Salcedo-Chourré
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"A long ramble down through redwood groves and along fern-filled creek beds leads to the platform overlooking sheltered Berry Creek Falls. A long meander down the Skyline to the Sea Trail, through glade after glade of majestic coast redwoods, leads to one of Big Basin Redwoods State Park’s premier attractions, Berry Creek Falls. The platform overlooking the 60-foot fall, which fans out across the dark-rock face behind, is often crowded with appreciative visitors taking snapshots and enjoying lunch before beginning the long climb back to the trailhead. The falls are a worthy destination, tucked in a narrow box canyon shaded by redwoods and flanked by slopes thick with fern and pocked with moss-covered rocks."
100 Hikes in California's Central Sierra & Coast Range (The Mountaineers Books)
Vicky Spring & Tom Kirkendall
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"Three waterfalls highlight this very popular hike through stately groves of redwood giants. The first, Berry Creek Falls, appears as a lace curtain in a fern- and moss-covered grotto. The second, Silver Falls, plunges down a sheer cliff right beside the trail, and the third, Golden Falls Cascade, is exotically colorful. The entire loop can be hiked in one day or divided into two leisurely days with an overnight stop at Sunset Trail Camp. Backpackers must carry their own stove (no open fires are permitted) and either carry their own water or be ready to boil, filter, and then purify the water from nearby Berry Creek."

Berry Creek Falls Trail Trip Reports

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This is an absolutely stunning trail. The life is spectacular and while the trail is a challenge, it is accessible to anyone in decent shape. A must see!
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Trail Information

Big Basin Redwoods State Park
Nearby City
West Waddell Creek State Wilderness
Skill Level
Big Basin Redwoods State Park, 21600 Big Basin Way, Boulder Creek, CA 95006-9064; (831) 338-8860;
Local Contacts
USGS Santa Cruz CA; park map available online and at the park visitor center
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