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Pescadero Creek County Park: Brook Trail Loop

Redwoods on the Brook Trail. Pescadero Creek does "misty forest" very well.

A satisfying half-day hike featuring long valley views, skyscraping redwoods and a delightful mini-gorge complete with a waterfall built to scale.

Berry Creek Falls from Waddell Beach

The lower half of the Skyline-to-the-Sea Trail—basically a fire road between Waddell Beach and Berry Creek Falls — follows West Waddell Creek. Hilltromper photo.

12 miles RT; 600 ft elevation gain; 4-5 hours; moderate to strenuous
Skyline-to-the-Sea Trail from Waddell Beach to Berry Creek Falls Trail in Big Basin

Quest for The Storyteller's Hot Springs

The swimming hole near Indians—with rope swing and rocks for high noon sunning. Photo by Brooke Wright.

Chasing a rumor in Ventana Wilderness

Big Loop to West Ridge Trail Camp and Five Finger Falls, Part 2

Footbridge near West Ridge Camp. Photo by Garrett McAuliffe.

West Ridge Trail Camp to park HQ (approx. 7 miles)
Forest of Nisene Marks State Park

Big Loop to West Ridge Trail Camp and Five Finger Falls

If banana slugs like it, you probably will too... right? Photo by Garrett McAuliffe.

Forest of Nisene Marks State Park
Park HQ to West Ridge Trail Camp (approx. 7 miles)

Berry Creek Falls from HQ

Berry Creek Falls plunge 60 feet and always please the crowd. Photo by Gnissah/Creative Commons.

Sunset Trail to Berry Creek Falls to Skyline to Sea Trail
10.5 miles RT; 6 hours; strenuous

Sequoia Trail

Twenty-foot Sempervirens Falls is a popular Big Basin destination.  Photo by Gnissah/Creative Commons.

4 miles; 2 hours; easy to moderate
Big Basin Redwoods State Park