Skyline to Big Basin Backpacking

Palo Alto, California 94309

Skyline to Big Basin Backpacking

Skyline to Big Basin (Backpacking) Professional Review and Guide

"This is, without a doubt, the most scenic and off-beat wilderness route across the Santa Cruz Mountains. From the crest of the range you will descend across typical California rolling grassland studded with ancient oaks to the densely forested canyon of Pescadero Creek, then climb on the far side to the lofty summit of Butano Ridge, and finally drop along restful Opal Creek to the redwood heart of Big Basin. The side trip into the Peters Creek watershed, home of the peninsula’s tallest tree, is unparalleled in the entire range for its seclusion and outstanding groves of towering redwoods."

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Trail Information

Palo Alto
Nearby City
3,550 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Skill Level
4 days
Portola Redwoods State Park, Big Bason Redwoods State Park
Local Contacts
USGS 7.5-min. maps Mindego Hill and Big Basin
Local Maps

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Nov 2018