Berry Creek Loop Hike — Big Basin Redwoods, CA

This is a great day hike with a beautiful waterfalls and tall redwoods, and covers quite a variety of terrain. Even though 11 miles might seem long, the change in elevation wasn't too difficult and most of the well-maintained trail was well covered by trees.

 

Hike Info

Date: 8/19
Miles: 11 roundtrip
Elevation Gain: 1000 ft
Trail Type: Loop
Cost: $10 entrance fee

Map of Berry Creek Falls
Map of Berry Creek Falls

 

The Hike

The drive in felt like a hike in itself. You get your first glimpse of the towering giant trees on the windy road in, and some of them grow right next to the road.

We passed this old truck on the narrow road to the park, and Kyle managed to make it look quite artistic in this photo
We passed this old truck on the narrow road to the park, and Kyle managed to make it look quite artistic in this photo

We started the trail on Sunset Trail hiking counterclockwise.

And we're off into the forest!
And we're off into the forest!
Redwood tree, to scale
Redwood tree, to scale

We climbed up through a redwood grove before descending to the West Waddell Creek crossing. At 3.9 miles, we passed the junction for Timms Creek trail, which can be used as a shortcut instead of doing the entire 11 mile loop). We reached the junction for Sunset Camp at mile 5.5, but we continued straight onto Berry Creek Falls trail. We stopped to have a gourmet lunch of olive, cheese, and dried sausage pita pizza at the Golden Cascades.

Silver Falls
Silver Falls
Me and Kyle at Silver Falls
Me and Kyle at Silver Falls
The trail was well maintained, even when it carved through wet rocks
The trail was well maintained, even when it carved through wet rocks
I wobbled across a fallen tree in front of Silver Falls
I wobbled across a fallen tree in front of Silver Falls

After several more miles, we finally reached the prized gem of the hike - Berry Creek Falls! Even though it was mid summer, the waterfall still had a decent flow - I can't imagine what it's like in the spring right after the snowmelt. There was a viewing platform on the trail, and I decided to climb to the bottom of the fall to get a better view of it.

Berry Creek Falls - can you spot me?
Berry Creek Falls - can you spot me?

This was one of the lushest parts of the hike. Even though the redwoods covered the sky, the forest floor was still covered with grasses, bushes, and ferns.

The forest floor was covered with ferns
The forest floor was covered with ferns

After returning to the park headquarters, we set up camp at Blooms Creek Campground, and the next day we decided to hike the Redwood Trail, which was only 0.7 mile long before heading home. This trail takes you by the tallest and oldest redwoods in the park.

A picture of Kyle inside the tree cavity, showing just how ENORMOUS these trees are
A picture of Kyle inside the tree cavity, showing just how ENORMOUS these trees are

Some of the points of interests were Mother of the Forest (tallest tree in Big Basin), Chimney Tree (it has a hollow trunk), plenty of fallen trees, and the Father of the Forest.

The Father of
The Father of

Be careful of banana slugs! We saw many of them and had to dodge a couple or else we would have stepped on them. Good thing they are bright and yellow!

A close up of a banana slug
A close up of a banana slug