With its towering old-growth redwoods, year-round waterfalls, and glistening canyons, Big Basin Redwoods is California’s first and much beloved state park. Escape the busy car-camping areas by hiking a few miles into the heart of this redwood wonderland and pitching your tent at Sunset Trail Camp. Start at the park’s headquarters and walk along the famed Skyline-to-the-Sea Trail, passing big red beauties on a path that parallels Kelly and West Waddell creeks. Next up: the park’s famous waterfalls in short order: Berry Creek, Silver, and Golden Cascade. Take off your pack and dip your toes into the falls’ pools or dare to dunk your head (refreshing!). Sunset Trail Camp is only a quarter-mile from Golden Cascade Falls. Pick from 10 campsites set along West Berry Creek and relish the red wonders of the ages.
To reserve a spot at Sunset or any other Big Basin trail camp, call 831-338-8861. Campsites are $15 per night and there’s an additional $5 reservation fee. Directions: From park headquarters hike 4 miles on the Skyline-to-the-Sea Trail. Make a right onto Berry Creek Falls Trail and go about 1 mile to reach Silver and Golden Cascade falls. Look for signs to Sunset Trail Camp .25-mile after Golden Cascade Falls. Make it a big loop by returning to park headquarters on the Sunset Trail for 5.5 miles. No dogs.