Berry Creek Falls Trail

Big Basin Redwoods State Park, California 95042

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. It is a mile long and begins at 356 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is two miles with a total elevation gain of 762 feet. 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: Sunset Trail.

Berry Creek Falls Trail Professional Reviews and Guides

"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"

"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."

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Trail Information

Big Basin Redwoods State Park
Nearby City
West Waddell Creek State Wilderness
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
Local Maps