Big Basin Activities and Events

Co-Sponsored by California State Parks and Mountain Parks Foundation
Big Basin is located 9 miles outside of Boulder Creek on Hwy 236. For more information about these events call (831) 338-8883. Click here for map.

Just a few of the many FREE activities happening in Big Basin this month!

Redwood Grove Loop Walk

Every Saturday and Sunday at 11 am and 2 pm                           AND Friday, November 25 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.

Discover Big Basin Redwoods Hike!

Saturday, November 5 at 12 noon AND Saturday, November 12 at 12 noon AND Sunday, November 13 at 12 noon AND Sunday, November 20 at 12 noon AND Sunday, November 27 at 12 noon

Explore some of the park’s less travelled backcountry with Docent Barry Grimm. This hike will be individually tailored to your group–so distance can vary from 2 to 8 miles, depending on your needs. The pace is always moderate–with occasional short stops to discover the park’s unique animals, plants and other natural features. Based on group size, experience level and weather conditions, we’ll choose from the many trails that explore the park’s most scenic areas. Dress in layers for changeable weather and temperatures. Bring sturdy walking shoes, water and trail snacks. Meet at Park Headquarters.

Exploring Big Basin

Tuesdays at 9 am

Learn about redwoods, forest plants, fires, history and more on these fun, varied hikes with Docents Paul and Eva Fewel and Diane Shaw. Hikes are 5-8 miles and last up to 5 hours. We go rain or shine, but strong winds may cancel. Meet at Park Headquarters.

A Walk in the Past

Saturday, November 5 at 10 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.

Old-Time Redwood Grove Loop Walk

Saturday, November 5 at 2 pm

Join Docent Scott Peden as he leads us on an old-fashioned redwood grove loop walk. Over the years, this walk meandered over a much longer distance and passed by many old buildings and even older trees. See photos from then, and compare them to what it looks like now. Scott has 80-100 year old maps and photos of that era—we'll stop by the exact spots those old photos were taken and learn something about the past! We’ll cover half of the old loop walk in a one-mile, 90-minute walk. Meet at Park Headquarters.

Meteor Trail Hike

Sunday, November 6 at 1 pm AND Sunday, November 20 at 1 pm AND Saturday, November 26 at 10:30 am

Join a Big Basin Docent on one of our most diverse hikes—by mountain streams, oak woodlands, chaparral and redwoods. You’ll discuss forests, flowers and fires on a six-mile, 3.5-hour hike. This somewhat strenuous ascent is rewarded with ocean views on a clear day. Bring water, lunch and good hiking shoes. Meet at Park Headquarters.

The Road Less Traveled—A Dog-Friendly Walk

Saturday, November 12 at 10 am

On this dog-, stroller- and wheelchair-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 Big Basin Docent. Dogs not required, but welcome! Bring water and meet at Park Headquarters.

Outlook from Mt. McAbee

Saturday, November 12 at 1 pm                                                 Sunday, November 27 at I pm

Join Docent Hal Anjo on a hike to McAbee Outlook. We'll stop at the top and enjoy the lovely ocean views, returning through a beautiful old-growth redwood forest. Learn about the different habitats as you watch the environment change as we climb and enjoy the view. Difficulty level is moderate. The hike is six miles and about three and a half hours. Bring plenty of water, snacks and good hiking shoes. Meet at Park Headquarters.

Berry Creek Falls Hike

Sunday, November 13 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 will guide you on this seven-hour hike. Meet at Park Headquarters.

Coffee Talk and Crafts

Saturday, November 19 from 9:30 am to 12:30 pm  

Come to the Sempervirens Room next to park headquarters for free coffee, tea, or hot chocolate!  This is a great way to start your day in Big Basin. A park docent will be happy to answer your questions about the park and help get you going on the right trail.  And bring the kids for a fun craft activity.

Wildflower Walk!

Saturday, November 19 at 10 am                                               Sunday, November 20 at 10 am

Join Docent Scott Peden on this slow-paced walk with lots of stops to identify flowering plants and take photos. You’ll also visit several historical spots within the park. Saturday’s walk is a leisurely four-mile, four-hour amble that includes two chimney trees and a waterfall. Sunday’s walk is a relaxed five-mile, five-hour amble that includes a chimney tree. Bring water and lunch. Meet at Park Headquarters.

Hike to Ocean View Summit

Saturday, November 19 from 10 am to 2:30 pm

Escape the crowds on this 6-mile loop through shaded forest to a hilltop view of the coast.  Join Docent Steve Stolper as we 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. Bring at least one liter of water, lunch, snacks, and appropriate clothing. This hike runs rain or shine. Meet at Park Headquarters.

Snakes Alive!

Saturday, November 19 from 12 pm to 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 Sempervirens Room/Park Headquarters and meet Docent Diane Shaw and learn about the fascinating world of snakes. Stop by anytime to meet the snake and talk to Diane.

Family Discovery Walk

Saturday, November 19 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! Rain cancels. Meet at Park Headquarters.

Hike to Buzzard’s Roost

Saturday, November 26 from 10 am to 2 pm

Develop your hiking muscles with this challenging 5-mile round trip to Buzzard’s Roost. Join Docent Steve Stolper for a hike to a dramatic rock formation with a commanding view of the park. We gain 1,200 feet in elevation on the way up. After a relaxed lunch on the rocks, we return to headquarters. Bring at least one liter of water, lunch, snacks, and appropriate clothing. Rain cancels. Meet at Park Headquarters.

Nature’s Reading Room

Saturday, November 26 from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm

Come sit in our beautiful redwood Sempervirens Room (next to Park Headquarters), and choose a book or two to read with your family next to a roaring fire. Drop by anytime between 1:00-3:00 and Docent Norm Beeson will help you find the perfect book for your family to enjoy.

Big Basin Volunteer Trail Crew

Meets Second Saturday of Every Month

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. Event made possible by Mountain Parks Foundation, California State Parks volunteers, and California State Parks.

For other events not listed above, please visit Big Basin Redwoods State Parks event website here.