Hike the Berry Creek Falls Loop

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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.

Distance

11 Miles RT

Elevation Gain

2000 ft Gain

Type

Loop

Activities

Hiking

Bathrooms
Easy Parking
Forest
Scenic
Waterfall
Wildflowers

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Best as an out-and-back hike from Waddell Beach (12.2 miles). Post-hike tip: eat at Davenport Cafe Bar & Grill, then walk next door to taste wines at the Bonny Doon Vineyards Tasting Room.

Layer up. The trails goes in and out of the trees and can get a bit chilly in the shades.

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