Meteor Trail Big Basin Redwoods State Park Entrance Sign Mule deer fawn, Black-tail fawn
Big Basin Merriam’s Chipmunk Big Basin Activities and Events Berry Creek Falls
The Big Basin activities calendar is comprised primarily of hikes led by Big Basin Redwoods State Park volunteer docents on the popular park trails. All docents undergo training in plant communities, animals, cultural and historically significant park events. Hiking with a docent as your guide gives you ready access to knowledge of the local environment.
                
Redwood Trail, Redwood Loop
Redwood Loop Walk

Saturday, September 8 at 11 am and 2 pm - Ron
Sunday, September 9 at 11 am and 2 pm - Norm
Saturday, September 15 at 11 am and 2 pm - Ron
Sunday, September 16 at 11 am and 2 pm - Kathy E.
Saturday, September 22 at 11 am and 2 pm - Norm
Sunday, September 23 at 11 am and 2 pm - Barry
Saturday, September 29 at 11 am and 2 pm - Kathy/Glenn
Sunday, September 30 at 11 am and 2 pm - Barry

Sequoia sempervirens also known as Coast redwoods or California redwoods are the tallest trees on earth. Once the dominate tree of the northern hemisphere, their linage running back 200 million years to the time of the dinosaurs. Restricted to the California coast by the last ice age 20 million years ago, extensive logging beginning around 1850 cut down 95% of this primal forest. Join us for this fun and informative guided stroll on the Redwood Trail as it passes along Opal Creek and through an old-growth redwood forest.

Meet the famous Mother Tree, the Father of the Forest, the Animal Tree and the Chimney Tree on this 90 minute, level 0.6 mile walk. Trail guides are also available at the trailhead should you wish to do this as a self-guided loop. The “walk” is also available via Google Street View, and headquarters along with the museum have free WiFi. Stroller and wheelchair accessible. Meet at Park Headquarters next to the flag pole.
Ridge Road in Big Basin Redwoods State Park
Discover Big Basin Hike

Saturday, September 8 at 12 pm
Sunday, September 9 at 12 pm
Saturday, September 15 at 12 pm
Sunday, September 16 at 12 pm
Saturday, September 22 at 12 pm

Explore the park’s most scenic wilderness back-country with docent naturalist Barry Grimm. The route, mileage and elevation gain will be chosen based on the participant’s experience level, weather and trail conditions. The pace will be moderate - with short stops to learn about the redwood forest’s plants, animals and native peoples.

Bring water and shoes that are suitable for primitive foot trails. Meets at the park headquarters flag pole. Rain does not cancel this hike.
Black-tail doe
Exploring Big Basin

Tuesday, September 11 at 9 am
Tuesday, September 18 at 9 am
Tuesday, September 25 at 9 am
Tuesday, October 2 at 9 am

Docent Diane Shaw leads these serendipitous, varied mid-week hikes. Learn about the animals, plants, talking trees, history and geology of Big Basin and the Santa Cruz Mountains. Hikes are 5–8 miles and last up to 5 hours but you can wonder off and explore on your own at any time. We go rain or shine, rain brings out the sparkle in suspended water droplets, many small streams and creeks, tiny mushrooms, banana slugs and salamanders. To avoid being squished, strong winds cancel the hike. Mornings can be cool and the afternoons warm, so dress in layers. Meet Diane at Park Headquarters.
Sunset Trail Storm Damage
Volunteer with the Trail Crew

Saturday, September 8 at 9 am
Saturday, October 13 at 9 am
Saturday, November 10 at 9 am
Saturday, December 8 at 9 am

Big Basin Volunteer Trail Crew makes it possible for others to safely enjoy the beauty of our park by clearing fallen trees and making other repairs to the trails. Join crew leaders Norm Beeson, Mike Peasland and a dedicated group of volunteers for a unique perspective of Big Basin, in a lively and productive experience with others who share a love of these redwood forests.

A typical workday lasts until mid-afternoon, rain or shine. The tasks are diverse and the locations are sometimes far flung. Please bring your own work gloves, lunch, snacks and water, tools will be provided. Planning for the day takes place at nine, this is the time to have all your questions answered. Children are welcome, but must have a responsible adult or parent attending them at all times. Meet Mike and Norm in the parking area in front of the bathrooms adjoining Park Headquarters.
Silver Falls, Big Basin
Berry Creek Falls Hike

Sunday, September 9 at 9:30 am

Join Docent Bill Rhoades as he guides you on this seven-hour signature hike. Travel along the famed Skyline to the Sea Trail through shady redwood canyons and climb dry ridges as you experience a wide range of habitats on this strenuous 11 mile hike to 65′ Berry Creek Falls. Berry Creek was named after lumberman Tilford Berry who had a cabin near the base of the falls. He vanished only to reappear thirty years later the victim of sudden onset intercrainal lead poisoning and then vanished again, never to reappear.

Continue on the Berry Creek Trail to Silver Falls, Lower Cascades, Upper Cascades and Golden Falls see first hand the effects the March storms had on the redwood forest. Bring lots of water, lunch and wear layers. Meet Bill at Park Headquarters.
Debris Stove and Coffee Pot for Coffee Talk
Coffee Talk and Crafts

Sunday, September 16 from 9:30–12:30 - Tom R.
Sunday, September 30 from 9:30–12:30 - Micki

Come to the Sempervirens Room in the Park Headquarters building for complimentary morning cup of camp coffee or hot chocolate around the stone fireplace in the park’s historic visitor center. This is a great way to start your day in Big Basin. Big Basin docent barista Norm or Micki will be happy to answer your questions about the park and help get you going on the right trail.

There’s a fun craft activity for the kids, nature and historical displays, information desk with handouts, a raised relief map of Big Basin showing trails and a multimedia kiosk that displays trail information, events calendar and park photography.

South American Boa Constrictor
Snakes Alive

Saturday, September 22 from 12–3 pm

Come to the Sempervirens Room, meet herpetologist Diane Shaw and learn about the fascinating world of snakes. Stop by anytime between noon and 3 pm to meet the snakes and talk to Diane. She’ll let you know why are snakes important, how they see, smell, taste and hear. You can find out for yourself what a snake feels like and learn how they can be useful if you’re troubled by small ocelots and you happen to live in Bolivia. Otherwise, don’t get one. Meet Diane at Park Headquarters.
Big Basin Bigfoot
Can You Survive
Psychology, Equipment and Shelter


Saturday, September 8 at 10 am

If you hike, camp or live in a cave, then you should have a working knowledge of modern wilderness survival. Join certified California Naturalist Steve Stolper for a hands-on, five hour workshop to learn modern wilderness survival techniques. These skills help you survive a short-term (1–3 days) survival situation. Steve covers the psychology of survival, risk assessment, the “Rule of 3”, equipment and shelter. Please dress as you would for a day-hike. Wear clothes that can get dirty. Bring at least one liter of water, lunch, insect repellent and snacks. Rain cancels. Meet at Park Headquarters. Can You Survive (Fire, Signaling and Water Purification) will be held on Saturday, September 15 from 10–3.

How to Choose a Wilderness Survival Class
Developing Redwood Cone at the top of a Coast Redwood
Hidden Gems
Wildflowers and Other Beauties


Saturday, September 15 at 9:30 am - Kathy and Glenn

There are many less-famous yet still beautiful plants in the redwood forest. Join this 4-mile, 3-4-hour hike and meet some hidden gems of Big Basin. Bring water and a snack. Dress in layers and wear good hiking shoes. Heavy rain cancels. Meet at Park Headquarters.
Water Purification on a Solo Stove
Can You Survive
Fire, Signaling and Water Purification


Saturday, September 15 at 10 am

If you bike, camp or rely on the Big Basin Trail Map, then you should have a working knowledge of modern wilderness survival. Join certified California Naturalist Steve Stolper for a hands-on, five hour workshop to learn modern wilderness survival techniques. These skills help you survive a short-term (1–3 days) survival situation. In this class Steve covers the fire, signaling and water purification. Please dress as you would for a day-hike. Wear clothes that can get dirty. Bring at least one liter of water, lunch, insect repellent and snacks. Rain cancels. Meet at Park Headquarters.
Chipmunks prefer Android Tablets
Big Basin Founders’ Day
Redwood Jubilee


Saturday, September 29 at 9 am

Celebrate the wild heritage of Big Basin Redwoods State Park with a day of special events. A melodrama with the forest as our theater, a timeline tree, games for kids and a special evening campfire program as we honor the Visionaries, Valued Workers and Visitors that have shaped the character of the Big Basin over the past 116+ years.

Exhilarate in the beauty of the majestic old growth forest that inspired men and women to Save the Redwoods. There will be events throughout the day with the schedule posted in front of the Sempervirens’ Room at Park Headquarters.
Missing Arm of William W. Waddell Raccoon
The Missing Arm of William Waddell

Saturday, October 20 at 6:30 pm

History plays out along the Redwood Trail as the true tale of the missing arm of William Waddell unfolds. Enjoy the redwoods on a fall night with music, storytelling and roasted apples with sugar and cinnamon, known in Big Basin as Ranger Apples, around the campfire. Ever loose something while hiking or camping in Big Basin. Find out the real story and who’s had a hand in it’s disappearance in this, fair and balanced, completely nutty, slightly haunting tour around the redwood loop trail. Registration opens at 6:30 pm with CSI fact finding beginning at 7:00 pm.

Please register at Park Headquarters to receive your departure time and as an aid to search and rescue. Small groups depart every 15 minutes into the cryptic primeval forest accompanied by two highly trained and experienced wilderness guides. Once you cross over to the other side of the spooky Redwood Trail sign post you’ll be entering the land of the paranormal, of Fairy Rings, the headless Iron Ranger, and the side of the Redwood Loop where the frightening truth will be revealed. This is the home of the no longer missing Arm of William W. Waddell and the California Grizzly who took it.
Big Basin Redwoods State Park Headquarters


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