Hike the Berry Creek Falls Loop

Boulder Creek, California

4.8/5
based on 17 reviews

Details

Distance

11 miles

Elevation Gain

2000 ft

Route Type

Loop

Description

Added by Steven Herbert

This loop is regarded as one of the most beautiful hikes in the Bay Area and takes you past 3 stunning waterfalls.

Nestled in California's oldest state park, the popular Berry Creek Falls Loop hike begins at the Big Basin park headquarters. If you're up for 11 miles, a thousand feet of elevation gain through towering redwoods and along serene creeks, and spread out over a half-day, then this is the hike for you. Veteran Berry Creek Falls hikers recommend a counter-clockwise loop starting on the Sunset Trail, turning left on to the Berry Creek Falls Trail, taking another left onto the Skyline-to-the-Sea trail, which returns to the trailhead.

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Features

Hiking
Bathrooms
Easy Parking
Forest
Scenic
Waterfall
Wildflowers

Reviews

Filled with beautiful waterfalls and incredible Redwoods, Big Basin State Park is truly a treasure for the Bay Area.

Great trail with lots of waterfalls to hike to. Make sure you dont take any detours especially near the beginning/end. Sad Big Basin got so burnt during the fires this year.

This is one of my all time favorite hikes. Walking through the redwood trees makes you feel so small. The area is incredibly lush and green. There were banana slugs and salamanders everywhere. We chose to camp overnight at the campground above the falls. A truly incredible place.

I've hiked this trail 3 times now. It's long, but worth it for all the waterfalls. The first waterfall is usually crowded, and is the only one with an overlook. I'd stop here just for a picture (if you need one) and go on to the next couple waterfalls, which are more fun to spend time at.

One of the best day hikes I’ve done for a long time

I liked this hike. I took a wrong turn and ended up doing 9 miles hike but it was pretty. Defined do it if you are around

A friend and I ended up doing this loop when we went to Big Basin for my birthday a couple of years ago. We had a planned a short hike, but felt inspired by the landscape to keep going. It was a fantastic hike that takes you past really big trees, up some crazy stairs, and gives a good workout. I suggest getting there early in the morning for the cool air, and to miss the larger crowds. The store is a great treat afterward, for sandwiches and wraps.

A small group of us hiked this counter-clockwise based on all the reviews and that was definitely a great suggestion. It's just unfortunate that essentially the first five miles (or last depending on the direction the loop is hiked) that comprises the Sunset Trail doesn't offer much in scenery. We decided to actually jog that part of the trail and then take our time on the remainder of the hike. The waterfalls were flowing this time of year (end of April) and they were beautiful and the Redwoods were stunning in the afternoon light. All-in-all with jogging that first part the loop took us about 4.5 hours.

Such a gorgeous hike through massive redwoods! Guys, If you're looking for a great spot to propose this is the one. My now wife was very happy!

I did this hike a couple years ago with some friends. It's absolutely beautiful! We went counter-clockwise to get the more strenuous part out of the way early, which was a great choice. Definitely make sure you wear good hiking shoes, I was hurting by the end even in my Keens and I saw some people 5 miles deep in ballet flats looking miserable. The waterfalls are worth every inch of the 11 miles and the rest of the hike is awesome. Definitely recommend.

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