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The Big Basin publications and links below will assist in planning your camping trip or day hike, where to go once you’re here, and what to do to make the most of your visit.

                
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Park Brochure
Type: PDF
Size: 499 KB

The online version of the brochure you will receive when you check-in at park headquarters. The paper version has one side dedicated to the trail map. Available in Spanish.
Field Guide for the Big Basin Redwood Forest Habitat
Popular Hikes Map
Type: JPG
Size: 1.70 MB

The large map located near the museum. Choose your hike from the descriptions here and the matching highlighted trails on the map. Note trail length, elevation gain, and estimated times for completion.
Bird Checklist
Big Basin Trail Map
Type: PDF
Size: 1.16 MB

State park trail map. The same map that is included within the park brochure that you receive when you check in for day use parking or camping.
Bird Checklist
Big Basin Trail Map
Type: JPG
Size: 1.09 MB

State park trail map as a large (3,449 x 3,273) JPG file. The same map that is included within the park brochure that you receive when you check in for day use parking or camping.
Big Basin Topo Map
Big Basin Topo Map
Type: JPG
Size: 1.41 MB

USGS 2015 Big Basin, CA quadrangle topographical map. Scale 1:24,000, contour interval 40 feet. Covers the park headquarters area.
Franklin Point Topo Map
Franklin Point Topo Map
Type: JPG
Size: 1.18 MB

USGS 2015 Franklin Point, CA quadrangle topographical map. Scale 1:24,000, contour interval 40 feet. Covers the West Waddell Creek State Wilderness.
Point Ano Nuevo Topo Map
Point Año Nuevo Topo Map
Type: JPG
Size: 481 KB

USGS 2015 Point Año Nuevo, CA quadrangle topographical map. Scale 1:24,000, contour interval 40 feet. Covers the Waddell Valley and Rancho del Oso.
The Hikers Guide to Big Basin
Hiker’s Guide to Big Basin
Type: PDF
Size: 593 KB

Sections on, Navigating the Backcountry, Day Hike Essentials, Backpack Gear & Clothing, Backpack Food & Menu Planner, Big Basin Hikes – compiled by naturalist Barry Grimm.
Field Guide for the Big Basin Redwood Forest Habitat
Dool – Creeping Forest Trail Interpretive Guide
Type: PDF
Size: 1.65 MB

Two page trail guide highlighting specific observations for the Dool and Creeping Forest easy 2.5 mile trail loop. A mixed evergreen forest with Redwood as the dominant tree. Compiled by naturalists Peggy O’Shea and Hal Anjo.
Field Guide for the Big Basin Redwood Forest Habitat
Field Guide for the Big Basin Redwood Forest Habitat
Type: PDF
Size: 1.19 MB

Easy two page field guide to the common trees, shrubs, birds and mammals of Big Basin redwood forest habitat.
Bird Checklist
Birds of Big Basin State Park
Type: PDF
Size: 807 KB

Check list and guide for discovering birds at Big Basin Redwoods State Park. Many of these birds can be found near the campgrounds and headquarters, but you’ll need to search more than one of the park’s major habitats to find them all.
Herptile File
Reptiles and Amphibians of Big Basin
Type: PDF
Size: 3.57 MB

The Herptile File, compiled by Big Basin Park Aides, is a photo rich 21 page guide to the amphibians and reptiles of the park. Identify all things creepy with this Big Basin field herpetology guide.
Ferns of Big Basin Redwoods State Park
Ferns of Big Basin Redwoods State Park
Type: PDF
Size: 3.35 MB

Illustrated guide to the common ferns in Big Basin, their life cycle, where they grow and the different parts that make up a leaf. By naturalist Kathy Willott with additional photography by Scott Peden.
iNaturalist California Academy of Sciences
iNaturalist – Big Basin Redwoods
Type: Website
Size: 1.38 MB

People sharing biodiversity information to help each other learn about nature. Learn about the species that live in Big Basin Redwoods State Park, CA, US.
Calflora
Calflora – Big Basin Redwoods SP
Type: Website
Size: 528 KB

A website you can use to learn about plants that grow in Big Basin Redwoods State Park, both native plants and weeds. Enter the common or scientific name, browse the photographs of a plant, to find out about it.
Raccoon Brochure
Raccoon Handout
Type: PDF
Size: 152 KB

Single page handout indicating you should not invite raccoons to dinner as they will become demanding, their table manners are poor and if they've had too much to drink will tell politically incorrect jokes.
Dogs Brochure
Why Stay on Trails?
Type: PDF
Size: 472 KB

Single page handout detailing trail environmental etiquette, the problems with going off trail and the solutions.
Dogs Brochure
Dog Handout
Type: PDF
Size: 111 KB

Single page handout about visiting Big Basin with your dog. Except for service dogs, dogs are allowed only on paved roads, picnic areas and in the campgrounds. North Escape, China Grade and Lodge Roads offer opportunities for hiking with your dog.
Animal Tracks in Big Basin Brochure
Animal Tracks in Big Basin
Type: PDF
Size: 797 KB

Bi-fold animal tracks brochure. A variety of animals can be found at Big Basin. Some are fairly common, such as squirrel, while others (such as mountain lions) are rarely seen. Use this handout to identify some of the tracks you’re likely to find in the forest.
Coast Redwoods Sequoia sempervirens
Coast Redwoods (Sequoia sempervirens)
Type: PDF
Size: 568 KB

Two page fact sheet by Save the Redwoods League about the Coast Redwoods, Giant Sequoia and the Dawn Redwood.
Geology of Big Basin
Geology of Big Basin
Type: PDF
Size: 138 KB

Introduction to the geology of Big Basin. Single page primer by Mike Humenik.
Skyline to the Sea Trail Camp Information
Trail Camp Information
Type: PDF
Size: 9.29 MB

Santa Cruz Mountains backpacking trail camp planner, 33 page handout. Information on reservations, permits, parking, rules and a trail mileage charts. Reservations open March 1, trail camps are open May 1 through October 30.
Big Basin Basic Day Hiking Plan
Hike Plan
Type: PDF
Size: 498 KB

Basic day hiking trip plan to be left on the dash or front seat of your vehicle for the park rangers. Optional and not a substitute for plans for extended trips.
Campground map and rules
Campground Map and Rules
Type: PDF
Size: 801 KB

Maps of the campground showing campsite numbers. Valuable to have prior to making your campsite reservations unless you like being between the bathroom and highway.
Little Basin
Little Basin
Type: PDF
Size: 60 KB

Single page informational sheet for Little Basin group cabins and campgrounds in Big Basin. Little Basin does not accommodate day use.
California State Parks Logo
California State Parks – Big Basin
Type: Website
Size: 2.72 MB

California Parks and Recreation Big Basin website. Information for visitors and teachers, events, reservations and park news.
Big Basin Activities
Activities Schedule
Type: Website
Size: 1.75 MB

The Big Basin activities calendar of hikes led by Big Basin Redwoods State Park volunteer docents on the popular park trails.
Rancho del Oso
Rancho del Oso
Type: Website
Size: 664 KB

Website of the The Waddell Creek Association. Information about Rancho del Oso, the portion of Big Basin that is located on the coast, 17 miles north of Santa Cruz along Highway 1.
Big Basin on Facebook
Facebook
Type: Website
Size: 3.66 MB

The official Facebook page for Big Basin Redwoods State Park. News, photography and information from the staff, docents and rangers at Big Basin.
Reserve America
Reserve America
Type: Website
Size: 1.88 MB

Reserve your Big Basin tent cabin, RV and tent campsite. For trail camp reservations download the “Trail Camp Information” handout.
Big Basin Cafe Menu
Big Basin Café Menu
Type: PDF
Size: 952 KB

Located next to the Nature Lodge and within the Camp Store, the café serves made to order sandwiches, snacks, ice cream, coffee, fresh smoothies. Outside dining under the redwoods.
Big Basin Volunteer Trail Crew
Big Basin Volunteer Trail Crew
Type: Website
Size: 4.2 MB

The people you criticize or thank for the conditions of the trails in Big Basin. Criticisms should be neatly printed on the back of a $50 bill. Thanks should be shown by volunteering on the second Saturday of each month. (Chainsaws will be provided)
Redwood Hikes Trail Map
Redwood Hikes Press Trail Maps Store
Type: Website
Size: 722 KB

Commerical $10.95 map covering the Santa Cruz Mountains from the outskirts of Saratoga and Los Gatos to the Pacific coastline around Point Ano Nuevo. Castle Rock, Big Basin and surrounding area. The map includes the entire Skyline-to-the-Sea Trail.
NWS
Weather Forecast
Type: Website
Size: 664 KB

Five day weather forecast from the National Weather Service for Big Basin Park Headquarters.
Big Basin Redwoods State Park Headquarters


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Susan Blake
State Park Interpreter
(831) 338‒8883

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