Big Basin Redwoods State Park is truly a hiker’s paradise. Majestic redwood trees, spectacular ocean views, and cascading waterfalls are all part of Big Basin hiking.
Located 65 miles south of San Francisco, this park became California’s first state park in 1902. Its 81 miles of hiking trails makes it a popular destination for hikers.
This park offers camping, backpacking camps, hiking, biking, and equestrian trails. Big Basin tent cabins are also available, but must be reserved in advance. This park encompasses towering coastal redwood trees as well as a variety of other plants. Enjoy the wildflowers that come each spring.
Hiking is the best way to experience the wide variety of environments at Big Basin State Park. There are many waterfalls, lush canyon floors covered with ferns, creeks, and sparsely covered ridge tops. This scenic park with its diverse landscapes is just waiting to be explored.
Elevation ranges from sea level to 2,000 feet. It may be cool and foggy on the canyon floors and hot and sunny on the ridge tops.
Other Places to Hike in California
One of my favorite all-time hikes is to the top of Half Dome in Yosemite National Park. This 14 mile round-trip hike is for people who are in good physical condition. Yosemite has such spectacular scenery. I’m always so awestruck by the beauty surrounding me whenever I hike Yosemite. I’ve done this hike numerous times. Click on this link for my tips on hiking Half Dome. You’ll be glad you chose this hike!
>Experience amazing hiking with views of the Pacific Ocean at Point Lobos State Reserve near Monterey. This state park has something for all ability levels. There are short hikes. In fact, they even have a wheelchair trail. There are also longer hikes available in the park. Point Lobos is the place to explore marine life and enjoy stunning ocean views. It’s a spectacular place to visit!
Garland Ranch Regional Park is a much lesser known park. It’s located near Monterey in the Carmel Valley. There’s a variety of hikes for all levels. If you are a dog lover, this is the place for you. Dogs are allowed on many of the trails. They even have off-leash areas where dogs can roam free. It’s a beautiful park to explore.
Big Basin Redwoods State Park – Contact Information
Address: 21600 Big Basin Way, Boulder Creek, CA
Office Hours: Weekdays 9AM -5PM
Telephone: (838) 8860
Directions to Big Basin Redwoods State Park from San Jose area
1. Drive south on 880, which will become Hwy. 17
2. Watch for the sign on the freeway for Big Basin. Exit onto Mount Hermon Road. Stay right on Mount Hermon. This road will take you through the city of Scotts Valley.
3. Turn right onto Graham Hill Rd. (This intersection does have a signal light.)
4. Immediately turn right again onto Hwy. 9. Continue north on Hwy. 9 for approximately 15 miles.
5. Turn left at the stop sign in Boulder Creek onto Hwy. 236/Big Basin Way. The park will be approximately 9 miles down this road.
Note: This route is the least curvy of 3 different routes to the park.
Click here to get directions from either San Francisco or South of Santa Cruz.