Boulder Creek, California

Backcountry Camp at Big Basin's Sunset Trail Camp

12 Miles Total - Out-and-Back Trail

Originally added by Christian Arballo

Big Basin's backpacking sites are open from May 1st - Nov. 1st. The hike into Sunset Trail Camp is 6 miles, 12 roundtrip. The campsite is situated in close proximity to the waterfalls.

Looking for a more authentic hiking and camping weekend, without having to drive hours away to find it? Then the Sunset Trail Camp within Big Basin Redwoods SP is your ticket. To access this site, you'll need to hike the famous Skyline-to-the-Sea Trail where you'll meander through redwoods and across creeks. You'll then find yourself at Big Basin's big three waterfalls. Your destination is only a quarter-mile from Golden Cascade Falls. There are 10 campsites to choose from, all set along West Berry Creek. While all of the other hikers are turning around, you'll be unpacking and making yourself at home.

To reserve a spot at Sunset Trail Camp, call 831-338-8861.Campsites are $15 per night and there's an additional $5 reservation fee.

Head to http://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=26658 for more info.

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Camping
Backpacking
Hiking
Forest
Scenic
Waterfall

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Nice easy/moderate hike

It was an easy to moderate hike. Almost entirely under the shade of redwood trees, so good for any time of the year the camp site is open. The three waterfalls are all within a mile and a half of the camp sites. Overall a great backpacking trip that was not very strenuous. Only negative was that the campground is a bit crowded with campsites very close to each other. Reservations are required (phone) for the campsite and are hard to get.

Highly recommend the loop hike, but NOT the Sunset Trail Camp. Campsites were packed so closely together that we could hear our neighbors' conversations perfectly. Not an ideal backcountry experience - might as well have car camped. If I were to go again I would bring a bear canister and pick one of the more secluded, unofficial spots, or just complete the loop as a day hike.

This is a great place to camp and explore while doing a coastal trek from San Francisco to San Luis Obispo! Watch some of the roads up here, they are very narrow, and don't always have a shoulder. Use your headlights!

We want to acknowledge and thank the past, present, and future generations of all Native Nations and Indigenous Peoples whose ancestral lands we travel, explore, and play on.

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