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The Best Backpacking in Boulder Creek

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Top backpacking spots in and near Boulder Creek

  • Boulder Creek, California

    Big Basin's Sunset Trail Camp

    4.8
    9.46 mi / 2146 ft gain
    This trail and campsite is currently closed (learn more). 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...
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  • Saratoga, California

    Backpack the Skyline-to-the-Sea Trail

    4.7
    30.8 mi
    Want to experience one of the bay area's most memorable backpacking trips? We've got the details to get you out on the trail.To start the trek, drop your car at the Castle Rock State Park Parking Lot, which is located ~2.5 miles south of the junctions of Highways 35 and 9 off of Highway 35. Note ...
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  • Saratoga, California

    Backpack Castle Rock State Park

    4.7
    Castle Rock Trail Camp has a different policy than other backcountry camps in the area (i.e. campsites along Skyline to the Sea). This campground is open all year and is available on a first come, first served basis. If you can, grab a spot a Frog Flat Camp. To get to the camp, park your car at t...
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  • Soquel, California

    Five Finger Falls via Hinckley Basin Fire Road

    12.27 mi / 2904 ft gain
    Five Finger Falls via Hinckley Basin Fire Road is an out-and-back trail that takes you by a waterfall located near Soquel, California.
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  • Soquel, California

    Hinkley Basin Fire Road to Santa Rosalia Mountain

    13.16 mi / 2690 ft gain
    Hinkley Basin Fire Road to Santa Rosalia Mountain is an out-and-back trail where you may see beautiful wildflowers located near Soquel, California.
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  • Pescadero, California

    Hike the Canyon Rim Route in Butano State Park

    5.0
    11.7 mi
    Located deep within the Santa Cruz Mountains, Butano State Park boasts a large redwood canyon with many miles of hiking trails as well as campsites. This state park is one of the quietest and least visited parks on the peninsula making a perfect place to escape the hustle of the Bay Area Butano S...
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  • La Honda, California

    Sam McDonald Park Loop

    5.0
    12.19 mi / 2192 ft gain
    The Pescadero Creek Park Complex is a great place to escape for a day or overnight hike in the heart of the Bay Area. You will need to get a permit to stay overnight - these can be attained on a first-come, first-serve basis from the ranger station. Most of the campsites here are also available f...
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  • Cupertino, California

    Black Mountain via PG&E, Quarry and Black Mountain Trail

    11.72 mi / 3901 ft gain
    Black Mountain via PG&E, Quarry and Black Mountain Trail is an out-and-back trail where you may see wildflowers located near Cupertino, California.
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  • Cupertino, California

    Black Mountain via Rogue Valley, Chamise, Black Mountain, Quarry and PG&E Loop

    14.41 mi / 3615 ft gain
    Black Mountain via Rogue Valley, Chamise, Black Mountain, Quarry and PG&E Loop is a loop trail where you may see wildflowers located near Cupertino, California.
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  • Los Altos, California

    Wildcat Canyon Loop

    7.38 mi / 1138 ft gain
    Wildcat Canyon Loop is a loop trail where you may see beautiful wildflowers located near Cupertino, California.
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  • Aptos, California

    Sand Point Overlook Via West Ridge Loop

    13.75 mi / 2175 ft gain
    Sand Point Overlook Via West Ridge Loop is a loop trail that takes you by a lake located near Aptos, California.
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  • Aptos, California

    Epicenter to Five Finger Falls

    15.41 mi / 2408 ft gain
    Epicenter to Five Finger Falls is an out-and-back trail that takes you by a waterfall located near Aptos, California.
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  • Los Altos Hills, California

    Rhus Ridge and Chamise Trail

    10.1 mi / 1555 ft gain
    Rhus Ridge and Chamise Trail is a point-to-point trail where you may see wildflowers located near Los Altos, California
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  • Morgan Hill, California

    Mayfair Ranch Trail to Serpentine Loop Trail

    8.02 mi / 1755 ft gain
    Mayfair Ranch Trail to Serpentine Loop Trail is a loop trail where you may see wildflowers located near San Jose, California.
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  • Morgan Hill, California

    Rancho Canada del Oro and Calero Park Loop

    16.06 mi / 3428 ft gain
    Rancho Canada del Oro and Calero Park Loop s an out-and-back trail where you may see wildflowers located near Twentynine Palms, California.
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  • Fremont, California

    Rose Peak From Sunol

    18.64 mi / 3714 ft gain
    Rose Peak From Sunol is an out-and-back trail where you may see beautiful wildflowers located near Sunol, California.
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