Saturday, August 9, 2014

Berry Creek Falls - Big Basin Redwoods State Park

Berry Creek Falls
Berry Creek Falls Trail Run
Skyline to the Sea Trail
Big Basin Redwoods State Park
Boulder Creek, California
Mileage - 10.2
Time - 1:46
AEG - 2,576 ft

Big Basin has been on my short list of places to visit while making the rounds in the bay area, and I was certainly treated to something special this morning in the Santa Cruz Mountains.  Big Basin is the oldest state park in California, founded in 1902, and is home to both old and new growth coastal redwoods.  One might say that Berry Creek Falls is the main attraction in this area, and I would agree if it wasn't for the natural beauty of the trail itself. It's hard to capture everything into a single photo or even a collection of the best shots.

I began my run from the park headquarters making a quick one mile ascent on the famous Skyline to the Sea trail to the first junction. From there it was all downhill (mostly) to Berry Creek Falls.  There was a surprising amount of flow considering it hasn't rained since March. I can only imagine how it would appear after a nice rainfall. I didn't stay long as I wanted to travel further down the Skyline trail and get enough mileage in to reach ten for the day.  With all that descent in the beginning I wondered how difficult the return trip would be. The trail was gradual enough to allow me to run most of it back to the main park.  I passed numerous hikers and backpackers and the general consensus was that everyone was having a good time.  Maybe that was because they were headed downhill??  Anyways, if the opportunity arises I urge you to visit this park, it's top notch!  The entrance fee is $10 per vehicle, there is a visitors center, campground, general store, cafe, bathrooms with running water and trails of varying difficulty.  Go check it out!

Park Headquarters

Nice signage everywhere

Redwoods near Berry Creek

Redwood Trail


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