Big Basin Redwoods SP
Big Basin is California's oldest State Park, established in 1902. Home to the largest continuous stand of Ancient Coast Redwoods south of San Francisco, the park consists of Old Growth and recovering Redwood Forest, with mixed conifer, oaks, chaparral, and riparian habitats. Elevations in the park vary from sea level to over 2,000 feet. The climate ranges from foggy and damp near the ocean to sunny, warm ridge tops.
The park has over 80 miles of trails. Be sure and pick up a map at park headquarters before your hike and take a look at the multimedia kiosk in the Sempervirens Room (next to park headquarters). There you will find great information, photos, and video of some of the most popular trails.
Some of these trails link Big Basin to Castle Rock State Park and the eastern reaches of the Santa Cruz range. The Skyline to the Sea Trail threads its way through the park along Waddell Creek to the beach and adjacent Theodore J. Hoover Natural Preserve, a freshwater marsh.
The park has a surprising number of waterfalls, a wide variety of environments (from lush canyon bottoms to sparse chaparral-covered slopes, many animals (deer, raccoons, an occasional bobcat) and lots of bird life-- including Steller’s jays, egrets, herons and California woodpeckers.
Dogs are permitted in the campsites, picnic areas, and on paved roads only. They must be on a leash and attended at all times. Dogs ARE NOT permitted on any of the trails.
Big Basin Redwoods SP, Big Basin Tent Cabins, & Little Basin Redwoods SP are Crumb Clean. Visitors are required to watch this short video about the impact your food has on park wildlife.
Location - Directions
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. The Rancho Del Oso coastal unit of Big Basin is accessible on State Route 1, about 20 miles north of the city of Santa Cruz.
Winter: Cold, overcast and rainy. Big Basin receives the majority of its average 48 inches of rain. December through March average temperatures range from highs in the 50's to lows in the 20's.
Spring: Cool with showers and morning and evening fog. Average daytime highs in the 60's, lows in the 30's to 40's.
Summer: Warm with cool nights. Morning fog in early Summer. Average highs 75 to 95, lows 40's to 50's.
Warm day to cold nights. Occasional early storms with rain. Average highs 75 to 60's, lows 50's to 30. Maybe the best weather of the year!
- Hours of Operation:
Open year round Office Hours: 9:00am to 5:00pm Monday through Friday
- Park Office Telephone:
San Francisco Bay AreaCounty
Max Camper Length:
27 FeetMax Trailer Length
- Purchase Annual Passes
California State Parks is proud to present the following podcast. This program is currently hosted by CA State Parks Foundation.
Big Basin Redwood State Park. (Transcript)
For more podcasts of other California State Parks, visit CA State Park Foundation Podcast Series
21600 Big Basin Way
Boulder Creek, CA 95006-9064
Volunteers in Parks
Docents share the park's natural and cultural history with visitors. Click the link for an application to mail in DPR208h.xls or call (831) 338-8883.
Please visit the Campground and Park Hosts page for information about becoming a camp host at Big Basin Redwoods State Park.