Big Basin Redwoods
State Park

Big Basin Redwoods State Park is a state park in the U.S. state of California, located in Santa Cruz County, about 36 km (22 mi) northwest of Santa Cruz. The park contains almost all of the Waddell Creek watershed, which was formed by the seismic uplift of its rim, and the erosion of its center by the many streams in its bowl-shaped depression. Big Basin is California's oldest State Park, established in 1902, earning its designation as a California Historical Landmark. Its original 3,800 acres (15 km2) have been increased over the years to over 18,000 acres (73 km2). It is part of the Northern California coastal forests ecoregion and is home to the largest continuous stand of ancient coast redwoods south of San Francisco. It contains 10,800 acres (44 km2) of old-growth forest as well as…
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The Basin Trail loop is one of the best all-day hikes in the Santa Cruz Mountain…
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This very popular hike features a series of impressive waterfalls in a narrow, r…
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Park rangers often recommend this popular hike to visitors who are looking for a…
OVERVIEW
Big Basin Redwoods State Park, in the Santa Cruz Mountains south of San Francisc…
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The Westridge Trail is one of the most challenging and scenic trails in Big Basi…
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This enjoyable loop takes you from the visitor's center to the northern limit of…
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The Creeping Forest loop is quite popular, mainly because it's conveniently loca…
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This one-hour loop hike passes through streamside forest and the Blooms Creek ca…
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This is one of Big Basin's more enjoyable half-day redwood hikes. The route, whi…
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This loop is the best way to get a sense of what Big Basin looks like in a 1 to …
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The trail to Berry Creek Falls leaves from the park headquarters and takes the better part of a day to complete the loop. The trail winds it’s way through groves of California Redwoods until you reach Berry Creek and it’s namesake falls. Further up the trail is Golden Falls which runs some length…
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This popular hike features an unrelenting 1.8-mile-long climb to a commanding vi…
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The Redwood Loop is Big Basin's main attraction. The wide, level trail winds aro…
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20-foot waterfall surrounded by green
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