The Redwoods of these parts were considered something akin to a cathedral by the local Indians - not a place of permanent residence but rather a place to pass through in reverence on their seasonal migrations between the sea and inland valleys. The Redwoods were first seen by Spanish explorers in 1769 who were stunned by their sheer size, never having encountered trees of such magnitude.
This is the loop trail at the heart of Big Basin - a very well traveled trail highlighting a magnificent Redwood Grove. This trail is packed with local scenery and Redwood forest ground detail. It is across the road from the Ranger Station and adjacent to several campgrounds, the park store and outdoor theater. Rain or shine, this fenced in trail is a magnificent walk. Additionally, several other trails start in this area.
The park is about 65 miles south of San Francisco. From Santa Cruz travel approx 25 miles northwest via Highways 9 and 236 to reach Park Headquarters. Park Headquarters is 9 miles north of the town of Boulder Creek on State Hwy 236. All roads into Big Basin are curvy.
It's a long, twisting drive out and a lot of fun.
Be prepared for damp and chill conditions.
The Ranger Station area can get crowded.
Dogs must be kept on leashes and are not allowed on the trails.
Bikes are restricted to paved roads and fire roads.
Statistics: 16’ 10” Diameter at chest height. 66’ 9” circumference at base, 250’ tall. Park POI #8. Also at this point is a bench honoring Florence Watkins-Hill, wife and dedicated assistant of Andrew P. Hill.