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Big Basin Redwoods State Park
Located in the Santa Cruz Mountains of California - the only site for complete, current park information

Hiking and Camping

Click here for information about guided hikes

Hiking on Your Own

Easy hiking:
Redwood Loop Trail
Maddock Cabin Site
Sequoia Trail

Moderate hiking:
Sequoia Trail

Strenuous hiking:
Berry Creek Falls

Other trails



Trail Descriptions

Important! There are over 80 miles of trails in Big Basin. Be sure and to pick up a trail map at park headquarters before your hike. Proceeds of map sales directly support local Big Basin programs. There is also a multimedia kiosk in the Sempervirens Room (next to park headquarters) with information, photos, and video of some of the most popular trails.

Trail Map by mail - High Resolution

Trail maps may be purchased by mail by contacting the Mountain Parks Foundation at +1 831 335-3174. Trail maps may also be purchased at park headquarters when you arrive. Trail maps are not available via the internet.

Trail MapOnline - Low resolution

Click here for a low resolution trail map.

Suggestion - Wadell Beach/Rancho Del Oso, Big Basin, and Castle Rock have no public transportation. Please make sure that you have your own personal transportation worked out before embarking on long one-way hikes to the coast.


Using a GPS device in the dense redwood forests of Big Basin can be challenging. The thick canopy often disrupts GPS signal reception. We recommend that you take a compass and map on any hike deep into the park.

The GPS coordinates at Big Basin Redwoods State Park headquarters are
North 37° 10.341' West 122° 13.325