Big Basin Redwoods State Park
Trip Start Mar 02, 2011
192Trip End Oct 14, 2011
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Today I went to Big Basin Redwoods State Park.. The park, formed in 1901, is the oldest State Park in California. Unfortunately, it wasn't formed soon enough to save most of the trees. The majority of the park has been clear-cut in the past. Some of the trees were even cut after it became a park. In the 1930s the Civilian Conservation Corps cut down redwoods in the park to build the park infrastructure. Even though most of the park is not old-growth forest, it's still a nice forest.
I was most interested in hiking to three of the waterfalls in the park. The three falls are Berry Creek Falls, Silver Falls and Golden Cascade. The loop going past all three falls is a 10.5 mile hike. I'm not sure what the vertical change is on the trail but it's significant since it's rarely level. A sign on the trail said it's a 6-hour hike. Unfortunately, the sign was pretty accurate.
Berry Creek Falls is pretty impressive. Silver Falls and Golden Cascade aren't as impressive but, since I was so close, it was worth the relatively short detour to see them.
I was pretty tired after the hike. I drove to Sunnyvale, one of the closest towns, and found a room for the night.