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These activities begin at Big Basin Redwoods State Park main entrance located 9 miles outside of Boulder Creek on Hwy 236 (831) 338-8883.  For activities at the Rancho del Oso location located off Highway 1, click here.

August Activities at Big Basin Redwoods State Park


SUNDAY, AUGUST 3
Dawn Marbled Murrelet Survey
5:15 am to 6:30 am
It’s a bit late in the season to hear and see Marbled Murrelets flying over, but Docent Karen DeMello will be up just in case this remarkable bird happens to be circling over the old growth forest nesting area before heading out to sea. Feel free to bring a folding chair or blankets to be comfy. Meet at Park Headquarters at 5:15 am sharp.

Jays and Murrelets Walk
8:30 am to 9:30 am
Birds with bracelets? Come watch our Jay researchers as they set up their nets to study the Steller’s Jays. Meet at Park Headquarters.

Butterflies and Other Wings
10 am to 3 pm
National Park Service Biologist Paul Johnson returns to search for butterflies, beetles, dragonflies and other fascinating insects. We'll hike 1-1/2 miles to explore a sunnier section of Big Basin (4 miles total). Meet at Park Headquarters. Bring lunch/snacks, water and binoculars (if you have them).

Coffee Talk and Crafts
Saturday, August 2 from 9-12
Saturday, August 9 from 9-12
Saturday, August 31 from 9:30-12:30
Come to the Sempervirens Room next to Park Headquarters for free coffee or hot chocolate! This is a great way to start your day in Big Basin. A Docent will be happy to answer your questions about the park and help get you going on the right trail. And there’s a fun craft activity for the kids!

Shadowbrook Stroll
Saturday, August 2 at 10:30 am
Sunday, August 24 at 10 am
Join Docent Peggy O’Shea as she guides you on a less-traveled trail that takes you by Union Creek, to the Sempervirens Falls and back through the redwoods. This is a four-mile, 3.5-hour hike. Bring water and good hiking shoes. Meet at Park Headquarters.

Here Comes the Sun!
Saturday, August 2 from 11 am to 1 pm
Come to the Campfire Center and look through a solar telescope at the Sun. You'll see sunspots, solar prominences and other features of our closest star as you learn about the parts of the Sun and how it shines. There will be Sun-related activities for the kids. Conducted by Steve Widmark of the Santa Cruz Astronomy Club.

Discover Big Basin!
Saturday, August 2 at 12 pm
Sunday, August 3 at 12 pm
Sunday, August 24 at 12 pm
On this 4-hour, 4-mile leisurely hike with Docent Barry Grimm we’ll traverse old-growth redwood and Douglas-fir forest in some of the park’s most scenic backcountry. We’ll look at the forest in new ways and share our findings. Compact digital cameras are encouraged to help us share what we see. This hike is suitable for adults and young adults who are diligent hikers. Dress in layers for changeable weather and temperatures. Bring sturdy walking shoes, water and trail snacks. Meet at Park Headquarters.

Navigating Big Basin
Sunday, August 3 at 1 pm
Sunday, August 10 at 2:30 pm
Where are we again? Oh yeah, Navigating Big Basin! Develop and hone your navigational skills as you join Interpreter Kelsey Killoran on a 2-hour laid-back, family friendly “Choose Your Own Adventure”-style hike. We’ll provide the maps, you tell us which way you think we should go, and YOU will help lead the group using the sun, maps and compasses. No GPS? No problem! Meet at Park Headquarters.

Volunteer with the Trail Crew
Saturday, August 9 at 9 am (must be 18 years of age or older)
Since 1969 the Big Basin Volunteer Trail Crew has helped make it possible for others to safely enjoy the beauty of our park. The Trail Crew meets the second Saturday of each month, rain or shine. A typical workday lasts until mid-afternoon. Please bring your own work gloves, lunch and water. Join us for a unique perspective of Big Basin, a lively and productive experience with others who share a love of these redwood forests, and the satisfaction of participating in a vital part of the park's ability to educate and inspire the public! Meet at Park Headquarters. Check www.bigbasintrailcrew.org to confirm dates and time.

Sense-O-Rama Hike!
Saturday, August 9 at 10 am
Saturday, August 16 at 10:30 am
Sense-O-Rama is a one and a half hour hike traveling along the lovely Creeping Forest and Dool trails. We will appreciate the sights, sounds, smells, feel and even taste of Big Basin, enhancing your experience of the forest. Docent Maura McNamara will guide you on this 3.5-mile hike. Come and open your senses! Meet at Park Headquarters.

Felling the Giants
Saturday, August 9 at 12 pm
Logging was the major industry in the Santa Cruz Mountains for over 50 years. How did lumbermen cut down these tall, tall trees? What was life like in a logging camp? What tools did they use? Join Docent Paul Fewel as he tells stories of the logging days and demonstrates how loggers were able to fell these giants—without chainsaws! Meet at Park Headquarters.

A Walk in the Past
Saturday, August 9 at 1 pm
No Safeway? No Home Depot? No Pharmacy? How did the Ohlone Indians survive? Take a walk with Docent Eva Fewel and learn about some of the plants the Ohlones used for food, tools and medicine. This is a 4-mile, 2.5-hour walk. Meet at Park Headquarters.

Berry Creek Falls Hike
Sunday, August 10 at 9:30 am
Travel deep into the heart of Big Basin as you experience a wide range of habitats on this moderate to strenuous 11-mile-loop hike. Wind through shady redwood canyons and climb dry ridges as you hike to the jewel of Big Basin—65-foot Berry Creek Falls. Bring lots of water, lunch and wear layers. Docent Bill Rhoades guides you on this seven-hour hike. Meet at Park Headquarters.

Hike to Ocean View Summit
Sunday, August 10 at 10 am
Escape the crowds on this six-mile loop through shaded forest to a hilltop view of the coast. We’ll climb the Meteor Trail through the trees, gaining 600 feet before emerging at Ocean View Summit. After a relaxed lunch we descend back into the forest and return to headquarters. Docent Steve Stolper leads this 4.5-hour hike. Bring *at least* one liter of water, lunch, snacks, and appropriate clothing. Meet at Park Headquarters.

The Road Less Traveled—A Dog-Friendly Walk
Sunday, August 10 at 10:30 am
AND Friday, August 29 at 2 pm
On this dog-friendly walk, we travel on North Escape Road, a paved road closed to traffic. We tour stunning old-growth redwood groves along beautiful Opal Creek. We'll discuss redwood ecology and park history while exploring the deep shade of the redwood forest. This is a fun, easy, three-mile, two-hour roundtrip walk with a Docent and her dog. Dogs not required, but welcome! Bring water and meet at Park Headquarters.

Wildflower Walk!
Saturday, August 16 at 10 am
Sunday, August 17 at 10 am
Join Docent Scott Peden and learn to identify many of Big Basin’s flowering plants. You’ll also visit several historical spots within the park. Saturday’s walk is a leisurely four-mile, four-hour walk that includes two chimney trees and a waterfall. Sunday’s walk is a relaxed five-mile, five-hour walk that includes a chimney tree. Bring water and lunch. Meet at Park Headquarters.


In the Shadows of the Ancients
Sunday, August 17 at 9 am
Meander along North Escape Road with Docent Kathy Willott and discover the ancient redwoods and the flowers, ferns and other plants that exist around the corners and within the hidden crevices of the redwood forest. This hike will be about 5.5 miles roundtrip and last four hours. Please bring lunch and water. Meet at Park Headquarters.

Family Walk in the Redwood Forest
Sunday, August 17 at 10:30 am
Docent Catherine Stewart leads you on a slow, one-mile roundtrip walk into the redwood forest. While stopping to discover what makes a redwood tree so special, we’ll try some simple sketches of the trees and the forest. This tour is geared towards families, so bring water and snacks. The walk lasts about 1 1/4 hours. Meet at Park Headquarters.

Snakes Alive!
Saturday, August 23 from 12-3 pm
Why are snakes important to us? How do they see, smell, taste, hear? What and how do they eat? What does a snake feel like? Come to the Old Lodge, across the street from the Nature Lodge, and meet Docent Diane Shaw and learn about the fascinating world of snakes. Diane will give a talk about snakes at 12:30, or stop by anytime to meet the snakes and talk to Diane. Snake crafts for the kids too!

Pioneers of Big Basin
Saturday, August 23 at 12:30 pm
Join Docent Hal Anjo on an easy three-mile, three-hour round trip to the site of the Maddock Cabin. Enjoy a beautiful walk through the redwoods and hear stories of the early settlers and their life deep in the forest. Meet at Park Headquarters.

Early Riser Walk
Saturday, August 30 at 8 am
Enjoy the quiet of the morning and see sights that one might not see in the middle of the day. We’ll focus on the redwoods and other plants. The walk will be between 4-6 miles, so bring food and water. The walk, led by Docent Kathy Willott, will last between 2-3 hours. Meet at Park Headquarters.

How to Become Invisible
Sunday, August 31 at 10 am
As we barrel down the hiking trail, we cause disturbances that ripple through the forest like a stone dropped in a pond. If we can minimize our disturbance and “tune-in” to nature around us, we increase our chances of viewing Big Basin’s wonderful wildlife. Join Docent Steve Stolper for a 3-mile, 5-hour hike to practice techniques to increase our nature awareness and reduce our disturbance. Please bring either soft-soled moccasins or an extra pair of socks that you will get dirty. Bring at least one liter of water, lunch, snacks, and appropriate clothing. Meet at Park Headquarters.

Family Discovery Walk
Sunday, August 31 at 1 pm
Join Docent Norm Beeson for a fun-filled family walk and investigate the mysteries and wonders of Big Basin’s redwood forest! We’ll discover what surprises the day offers on this easy, one-mile roundtrip walk that lasts about 1.5 hours. Bring water, a snack and an adventurous spirit! Meet at Park Headquarters.

Redwood Loop Walk
Every Saturday and Sunday in August at 11 am and 2 pm
every Friday in August at 1 pm
Saturday, August 30 at 4 pm
How do these grand redwoods grow to be so old? So tall? How are they important to humans? Join us for this fun and informative guided half-mile stroll through a magnificent old-growth redwood forest. Meet the famous Mother Tree, the Father of the Forest and the incredible Chimney Tree on this 90-minute walk. Stroller and wheelchair accessible. Meet at Park Headquarters.

Junior Rangers
August 1-17: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 3 pm and Sunday at 11 am
August 18-31: Saturday at 3 pm and Sunday at 11 (except no program August 23)
Discover the fascinating secrets of the forest! Explore, practice outdoor skills and play games as you learn about plants, animals, habitats, and more. This one-hour program is for kids ages 7-12. Sorry parents, this program is for kids only! Please register your child at the Nature Lodge 15 minutes before the program begins. Please be sure your child is dressed for active play in the outdoors.

Special Two-Hour Junior Rangers
Wednesday, August 6 and Wednesday, August 13 at 10 am
This special Junior Rangers is for kids ages 7-12 only. We’ll be taking a hike, so make sure your Junior Ranger dresses appropriately. Please register your child 15 minutes before the program at the Nature Lodge.

Big Basin Nature Club
August 1-17: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 4:30 pm and Sunday at 10 am
August 18-31: Saturday at 4:30 pm and Sunday at 10 am (except no program August 23)
This fun program is for children ages 3-6 and their families. Pretend, play, sing and explore! This half-hour program will introduce youngsters to the wonders of the redwood forest. Meet at the Nature Lodge.

Evening Campfire Program
August 1-16: Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 6:30 pm
August 17-31: Saturday at 6:30 pm (except no program August 23)
SPECIAL EVENT/GUEST CAMPFIRES ON August 2, 5 and 12! (see below)
Join us in our historic campfire center for an evening of song and story. Serenade the glittering stars and learn about redwood ecology, creatures of the forest or stories of the park while relaxing in the shadows of the towering trees. Fire lighting and marshmallows (we provide the sticks and marshmallows!) at 6:30 pm; program begins at 7:00 pm. Wheelchair, stroller accessible. Good dogs welcome!

Special Guest Campfire
Nature’s Supermarket Campfire: Tuesday, August 5 and Tuesday, August 12 at 6:30 pm
How would you make dinner if you lived in Big Basin 500 years ago? No supermarkets, no stoves, not even pots and pans…. Join Ranger Alex Takone to find out how as we take a look at Nature’s Supermarket and make dinner the way it was done by the native Ohlone people 500 years ago! You even get to taste our creation!

Drop-In Style Afternoon Campfire Program
Wednesday, August 6 and Wednesday, August 13 from 4:30-5:30 pm
Drop by anytime between 4:30-5:30 pm at our historic campfire and enjoy roasting ranger apples, music and crafts! Touch and learn about the skulls and pelts of Big Basin animals.

Twilight Hike
Monday, August 4 and Monday, August 11 at 7 pm
Friday, August 1 at 8 pm
Saturday, August 9 at 8 pm
Join us for an easy, level walk for the whole family. Experience the turning of the day into night in the forest, and learn about the critters that are just becoming active as the sun goes down. This is a 1.5-hour, half-mile walk. Meet at Park Headquarters. Wheelchair/stroller accessible. Bring a flashlight. Sorry, no dogs on the trail.

ASK US!
Visitor Center Staffed
Saturdays 9-11 am; Sundays 12-2 pm
Do you have questions about Big Basin? Want trail information? Information about the plants and animals you see? Come to the Visitor Center, next to Park Headquarters, to get answers!

Events made possible by California State Park Docents, California State Parks and Mountain Parks Foundation. Visit us on the web at www.mountainparks.org or www.parks.ca.gov

California State Parks 150th Celebration!


Big Basin Founder’s Day!
Saturday, September 27
Honor the Visionaries, Valued Workers and Visitors that shaped the character of Big Basin over the past 111 years. Revel in the beauty of the majestic old growth redwoods that inspired the movement to Save the Trees! Celebrate our wild heritage with a melodrama, history hikes and games for kids.

Timeline Tree: Changing Times among the Ageless Giants
9 am-5 pm (all day, walk by anytime)
Come walk along a downed 100-foot redwood tree and read about the stories of change in the forest where time appears to stop. The timeline describes events in words and pictures of Big Basin over the last century…and more. Some were grand occasions, others mundane details…together, the stops along this path tell a fascinating story of the oldest state park in California. The timeline is along the Redwood Loop Trail, across from Park Headquarters.

Coffee Talk and Crafts
9-12
Come to the Sempervirens Room next to Park Headquarters for free coffee or hot chocolate! This room tells the story of the history of California’s oldest state park. Docent Kathy Willott will be happy to answer your questions about the park and help get you going on the right trail. And there’s a fun craft activity for the kids!

Old-Time Redwood Walk
10 am
Get in a time machine with docent Scott Peden as he leads us on a 1924 Redwood Loop Walk. Over the years, this walk meandered over a much longer distance and passed by many old buildings and even older trees. Scott has 80-100 year maps and photos of that era—we'll
stop by the exact spots those old photos were taken and learn something about the past! This is a one-mile, two-hour walk. Meet at Park Headquarters.

Redwood Loop Walk
11 am
How do these grand redwoods grow to be so old? So tall? How are they important to humans? Join us for this fun and informative guided half-mile stroll through our magnificent old-growth redwood forest. Meet the famous Mother Tree, the Father of the Forest and the incredible Chimney Tree on this 90-minute walk. Stroller and wheelchair accessible. Meet at Park Headquarters.

Horse Tails
11:30 am
Come meet Bellarose the horse and learn about the important role horses played in early Big Basin history. Join docent Peggy O’Shea as she shares stories of how horses were used by the Spanish explorers, early settlers and the lumber and tanning industries. Meet at Park Headquarters.

Big Basin Melodrama!
1 pm
Celebrate Big Basin's history! Take a walk into the past on the easy, family friendly redwood loop trail and meet colorful characters from Big Basin's past—listen to the stories of a pioneering homesteader, an early conservationist, the first female ranger at Big Basin and more! This walk is a half-mile, 1.5-hour and is wheelchair and stroller friendly. Meet at Park Headquarters.

Once Upon a Nest
3 pm
Listen to tales of the history and lore of the endangered marbled murrelet as you follow the path of its discovery right here in the center of Big Basin with Docent Karen DeMello. You’ll also meet typical birds of the redwood forest along the way on this 1-1/2 mile walk. Meet at Park Headquarters. Binoculars recommended (not required).

Old-Fashioned Children’s Games
3-5 pm
Step back in time and play some old-fashioned children's games. Stop by anytime during this two-hour program. The games are for kids of all ages. Meet at the Old Lodge.

Campfire!
Celebrating California State Parks 150th Anniversary
6:30 to 7 pm marshmallow roasting; program begins at 7 pm
Join us in our historic campfire center for an evening of song and story. Tonight, celebrate California State Park’s Sesquicentennial (150 years!). Though Yosemite was California’s first park, it soon became a National Park. Big Basin Redwoods is therefore California’s oldest State Park, and the place where activism and conservation took root! Fire lighting and marshmallows (we provide the sticks and marshmallows!) at 6:30 pm; program begins at 7:00 pm. Wheelchair, stroller accessible. Good dogs welcome!

SEPTEMBER ACTIVITIES AT BIG BASIN REDWOODS STATE PARK


Redwood Loop Walk
Every Saturday and Sunday in September at 11 am and 2 pm
How do these grand redwoods grow to be so old? So tall? How are they important to humans? Join us for this fun and informative guided half-mile stroll through a magnificent old-growth redwood forest. Meet the famous Mother Tree, the Father of the Forest and the incredible Chimney Tree on this 90-minute walk. Stroller and wheelchair accessible. Meet at Park Headquarters.

The Road Less Traveled—A Dog-Friendly Walk
Monday, September 1 at 10 am
On this dog-friendly walk, we travel on North Escape Road, a paved road closed to traffic. We tour stunning old-growth redwood groves along beautiful Opal Creek. We'll discuss redwood ecology and park history while exploring the deep shade of the redwood forest. This is a fun, easy, three-mile, two-hour roundtrip walk with Docent Micki Downs and her dog Spock. Dogs not required, but welcome! Bring water and meet at Park Headquarters.

Discover Big Basin!
Monday, September 1 at 12 pm
Saturday, September 6 at 12 pm
Sunday, September 7 at 12 pm
Sunday, September 14 at 12 pm
Sunday, September 21 at 12 pm
Sunday, September 28 at 12 pm
On this 4-hour, 4-mile leisurely hike with Docent Barry Grimm we’ll traverse old-growth redwood and Douglas-fir forest in some of the park’s most scenic backcountry. We’ll look at the forest in new ways and share our findings. Compact digital cameras are encouraged to help us share what we see. This hike is suitable for adults and young adults who are diligent hikers. Dress in layers for changeable weather and temperatures. Bring sturdy walking shoes, water and trail snacks. Meet at Park Headquarters.

Coffee Talk and Crafts
Saturday, September 6 from 9-12
AND Saturday, September 27 from 9-12
Come to the Sempervirens Room next to Park Headquarters for free coffee or hot chocolate! This is a great way to start your day in Big Basin. Docent Kathy Willott will be happy to answer your questions about the park and help get you going on the right trail. And there’s a fun craft activity for the kids!

Twilight Hike
Saturday, September 6 at 6:30 pm
Saturday, September 13 at 6:30 pm
Saturday, September 20 at 6:30 pm
Join us for an easy, level walk for the whole family. Experience the turning of the day into night in the forest, and learn about the critters that are just becoming active as the sun goes down. This is a 1.5-hour, half-mile walk. Meet at Park Headquarters. Wheelchair/stroller accessible. Bring a flashlight. Sorry, no dogs on the trail.

Volunteer with the Trail Crew
Saturday, September 13 at 9 am (must be 18 years of age or older)
Since 1969 the Big Basin Volunteer Trail Crew has helped make it possible for others to safely enjoy the beauty of our park. The Trail Crew meets the second Saturday of each month, rain or shine. A typical workday lasts until mid-afternoon. Please bring your own work gloves, lunch and water. Join us for a unique perspective of Big Basin, a lively and productive experience with others who share a love of these redwood forests, and the satisfaction of participating in a vital part of the park's ability to educate and inspire the public! Meet at Park Headquarters. Check www.bigbasintrailcrew.org to confirm dates and time.

Shadowbrook Stroll
Saturday, September 13 at 10:30 am
Join Docent Hal Anjo as he guides you on a less-traveled trail that takes you by Union Creek, to the Sempervirens Falls and back through the redwoods. This is a four-mile, 3.5-hour hike. Bring water and good hiking shoes. Meet at Park Headquarters.

Berry Creek Falls Hike
Sunday, September 14 at 9:30 am
Travel deep into the heart of Big Basin as you experience a wide range of habitats on this moderate to strenuous 11-mile-loop hike. Wind through shady redwood canyons and climb dry ridges as you hike to the jewel of Big Basin—65-foot Berry Creek Falls. Bring lots of water, lunch and wear layers. Docent Bill Rhoades guides you on this seven-hour hike. Meet at Park Headquarters.

A Walk in the Past
Sunday, September 14 at 11:30 am
No Safeway? No Home Depot? No Pharmacy? How did the Ohlone Indians survive? Take a walk with Docent Eva Fewel and learn about some of the plants the Ohlones used for food, tools and medicine. This is a 4-mile, 2.5-hour walk. Meet at Park Headquarters.

Felling the Giants
Sunday, September 14 at 12:30 pm
Logging was the major industry in the Santa Cruz Mountains for over 50 years. How did lumbermen cut down these tall, tall trees? What was life like in a logging camp? What tools did they use? Join Docent Paul Fewel as he tells stories of the logging days and demonstrates how loggers were able to fell these giants—without chainsaws! Meet at Park Headquarters.

Wildflower Walk!
Saturday, September 20 at 10 am
AND Sunday, September 21 at 10 am
Join Docent Scott Peden and learn to identify many of Big Basin’s flowering plants. You’ll also visit several historical spots within the park. Saturday’s walk is a leisurely four-mile, four-hour walk that includes two chimney trees and a waterfall. Sunday’s walk is a relaxed five-mile, five-hour walk that includes a chimney tree. Bring water and lunch. Meet at Park Headquarters.

Snakes Alive!
Saturday, September 20 from 12-3 pm
Why are snakes important to us? How do they see, smell, taste, hear? What and how do they eat? What does a snake feel like? Come to the Old Lodge, across the street from the Nature Lodge/Museum, and meet Docent Diane Shaw and learn about the fascinating world of snakes. Diane will give a talk about snakes at 12:30, or stop by anytime to meet the snakes and talk to Diane. Snake crafts for the kids too!


BYOB Hike
Sunday, September 28 at 7:30 am
Join docent Kathy Willott for a BYOB hike to Buzzard’s Roost. That’s Bring Your Own Breakfast. We’ll take an early hike in hopes of seeing things that might be hiding later in the day and share our findings as we go. Bring water and something to eat at the top. But please, eat something before you come! One shouldn’t hike on an empty stomach! Hikers should be able to do a steady uphill grade for 2.5 miles (elevation gain about 1,200 ft.), but we’ll go at a pace that allows us to enjoy what we see. Good walking shoes and layers. Meet at Park Headquarters.

Pioneers of Big Basin
Sunday, September 28 at 1 pm
Join Docent Hal Anjo on an easy three-mile, three-hour round trip to the site of the Maddock Cabin. Enjoy a beautiful walk through the redwoods and hear stories of the early settlers and their life deep in the forest. Meet at Park Headquarters.

Redwood Loop Walk
Every Saturday and Sunday at 11 am and 2 pm (except only 11 am on Saturday, Sept. 27)
AND Monday, September 1 at 11 am and 2 pm
Join us for this fun and informative guided half-mile stroll through a magnificent old-growth redwood forest. Meet the famous Mother Tree, the Father of the Forest and the incredible Chimney Tree on this 90-minute walk. Stroller and wheelchair accessible. Meet at Headquarters.

Junior Rangers
Saturdays at 1:30 pm (except for Special Event September 27)
Discover the fascinating secrets of the forest! Explore, practice outdoor skills and play games as you learn about plants, animals, habitats, and more. This one-hour program is for kids ages 7-12. Sorry parents, this program is for kids only! Please register your child at the Nature Lodge 15 minutes before the program begins. Please be sure your child is dressed for active play in the outdoors.

Big Basin Nature Club
Saturdays at 3 pm (except for Special Event September 27)
This fun program is for children ages 3-6 and their families. Pretend, play, sing and explore! This half-hour program will introduce youngsters to the wonders of the redwood forest. Meet at the Nature Lodge.

Events made possible by California State Park Docents, California State Parks and Mountain Parks Foundation. Visit us on the web at www.mountainparks.org or www.parks.ca.gov

Annual Events for 2014

Romance in the Redwoods Walk - Saturday, February 15, 2014 at 1:00 p.m.
On this easy, 2-hour walk you'll learn about the courtship behaviors of some of the park's most fascinating plants and animals. Join us and discover how banana slugs, redwood trees and more celebrate love in the wild!

Mother's Day Walk -  Sunday, May 11, 2014 at 1:00 p.m.
Celebrate the women of Big Basin and Mother's Day by honoring the spirited women who lived, worked and fought for Big Basin.  Stroller and wheelchair accessible.

Father's Day Walk -  Sunday, June 15, 2014 at 1:00p.m. 
Celebrate Father's Day by honoring some of the remarkable men who lived, work and fought for Big Basin.  Stroller and wheelchair accessible.

July 25-27, 2014, Various times and locations throughout the weekend.
Storytelling weekend presented in collaboration with South Bay Storytellers. 

Big Basin “Nature Tails”
Saturday, July 26 at 4:30 pm

A world of animal songs and stories presented for children of all ages by local storytellers. Meet at the Campfire Center.

Storytellers’ Showcase Campfire!
Saturday, July 26 at 6:30 pm

Sit back and experience an old-fashioned evening steeped in the oral tradition, as our guest storytellers weave their yarns in our historic amphitheater. Meet at the Campfire Center. The evening begins with fire lighting and marshmallow roasting at 6:30, and storytelling at 7:00.

Big Basin Founders’ Day and Redwood Jubilee
Saturday, September 27, 2014, from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Celebrate anniversary of California's oldest state park. Enjoy historical hikes, a special program for children and an evening melodrama at the campfire center.

The Missing Arm of William Waddell - Saturday, October 25, 2014
Bring a flashlight for this slightly-spooky, somewhat-silly trailside tale.  Sign ups begin at 6:30p.m. for walks that leave every 10-minutes beginning at 7:00p.m.

Redwood Loop Walks
Every Saturday and Sunday at 11 am and 2 pm
(reduced winter schedule, call park for details)
How do these grand redwoods grow to be so old? So tall? How are they important to humans? Join us for this fun and informative guided half-mile stroll through a magnificent old-growth redwood forest. Meet the famous Mother Tree, the Father of the Forest and the incredible Chimney Tree on this 90-minute walk. Stroller and wheelchair accessible. Meet at Park Headquarters.  Self-guided trail brochures also available.

Events made possible by California State Park Docents, California State Parks and Mountain Parks Foundation

 

  • Mountain Biking
    • Fire Roads are open to Mountain Biking
    • No Mountain Bikes allowed on Single Track Trails
    • North Escape Road (Picnic Area Road) is level and paved and makes a good easy route.
      • It is closed to private autos passed the locked gate
  • Fire Roads in Park
    • Gazos Creek Road
      • 16 miles. Goes to Highway #1 North of Swanton.
    • Middle Ridge Fire Road
    • Hihn Hammond Road
    • Johansen Road
    • Chalks Road
  • Trail Camps
    • Please click on the Backcountry Trail Camps Information Tab for complete information, rules and frequently asked questions.  Trail Camps open May 1 through Oct. 31 annually. Closed Nov. 1- April 30.
    • Advance reservations are required.
    • Reservations via Big Basin Headquarters, Monday-Friday 9am to 5pm, (831)335-8861, up to 56 days in advance.
  • Group Camps
    • Sequoia Group Camp (2 Group Camps) Open All Year
      • Fifty people per site
      • 18 Vehicles
    • Sky Meadow Group Camp (2 Group Camps) May 26-Oct 28
      • Forty people per site
      • 15 Vehicles
      • Reservations through Reserve America 1-800-444-7275
         
    • Equestrian Trails
      • Horses are allowed on Equestrian Trails and all double track trails in the Park.

    • Horse Camps
      • Six sites.
      • Six people per site.
      • Minimum of one horse per site.
      • One tow vehicle and one horse trailer per site
      • Reserve via Rancho Del Oso.