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Big Basin Redwoods State Park

Bay Area's best place to see California's giant redwoods
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Rating: 4 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Difficulty: Unknown
Length: 8.333 miles
Duration: Unknown

Overview :  You'll find countless options for exploring California's signature redwood forests, but few equal the grandeur of Big Basin Redwoods... more »

Tips:  Stay on established trails -- it's easy to get lost at Big Basin and it can be hard to get found.

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Points of Interest

1. Redwood Trail

This short, flat trail near the park headquarters encircles a grove of Big Basin's greatest redwoods. Mother of the Forest (the tallest) and Father of the Forest (the fattest) are the highlights, but all the trees are amazing.

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2. Berry Creek Falls

Not easy to get to -- a strenuous 12-mile hike is required -- but it's worth if you've got the legs: A series of waterfalls in close succession culminate at Berry Creek Falls, which drops about 70 feet and flows all year (though flow is much higher during the winter rainy season.) Ask the rangers at the park HQ for advice on the best route. Locals... More

3. Tent Cabins

The only thing better than visiting Big Basin's redwoods is waking among them at one of the park's many campsites. The park's Tent Cabins offer an intriguing option -- sleep in the woods, but on an bed rather than on the ground in a tent. They're much pricier than a campsite (check this page for rates), but you don't have to worry about pitching a... More

4. Banana Slugs

You're bound to see these shiny yellow mollusks inching across the trails at Big Basin. Don't touch: the salt in your skin is hazardous to theirs. The creatures are such a fixture of nearby trails that students at the University of California-Santa Cruz made the banana slug their official mascot.

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