Hike to Sempervirens Falls

Sequoia Trailhead

Easy hike through the redwood forest to a pleasant waterfall in Big Basin Redwood State Park.

The hike to Sempervirens Falls is an easy 2.1 mile out-and-back hike on the Sequoia Trail. You'll travel through the redwood forest and some of the campgrounds located in Big Basin State Park. The hike is pleasant but on occasion, you'll be too close to the road to feel like you're deep in the wilderness.

The falls themselves are nice and have a little viewing deck, but I would suggest going after rain so that you can get the full effect. If you happen to go after it rains you'll also have the chance of running into a banana slug! The University of California at Santa Cruz's Mascot and an incredibly intriguing slug at that.

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RT Distance 2.1 Miles
Elevation Gain 100 Feet
Activities Photography, Running, Hiking
Skill Level Beginner
Season Year Round
Trail Type Out-and-Back
Easy Parking


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Beautiful Falls!

A really beautiful waterfall, but as others have said it is right next to the road, so the hike feels like it doesn't pay off as much in the end since you could just drive to the falls. We wanted to get some steps in though, and decided to park on the North Escape Road, and then hike down the Sequoia Trail from there to avoid some of the crowds that take off going the other direction from the Visitor Center.

Super sick Waterfall

This was a pretty cool spot! They saw the journey is the best part... but this time it wasn't. The description says it, its literally right next to the road! In stead of hiking 2.1 miles to get there you could drive 2 miles and park at the campgrounds right next to the falls. The waterfall is very cool! Pretty majestic, but cold haha

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