Hike the Berry Creek Falls Loop

11 Miles Round Trip - 2000 ft gain - Loop Trail

Big Basin Headquarters - Search Nearby - 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.


Easy Parking


11 Miles
2000 ft elevation gain
Loop Trail

Stay Nearby

Pescadero, California

Santa Cruz North / Costanoa KOA

Ben Lomond, California

Serene Redwood Retreat

From $120/night

Santa Cruz, California


From $100/night

Santa Cruz, California

Outsite // Santa Cruz

From $60/night

Nearby Adventures

More Nearby Adventures


More Tours


Leave a Review

Overall rating: 

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.