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.

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

Redwood Loop Walk

Every Saturday and Sunday 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.

Big Basin Nature Club

Every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday at 4:30 pm; Every Thursday at 1:30 pm; Every Sunday at 10 am (no program Saturday, August 27)

This fun program is designed 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.

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.

Twilight Adaptation Adventure

Wednesday, August 3 at 7 pm, Wednesday, August 17 at 7 pm, Wednesday, August 24 at 7 pm

Twilight marks the end of day and the beginning of night. Animals that come out at night have special adaptations to survive. Come test your nocturnal abilities on this fun, 1.5-hour, half-mile walk. Meet at Park Headquarters.

Drop-In Style Afternoon Apple Roasting

Thursdays in August from 3:30-4:30 pm

Drop by between 3:30-4:30 pm at our historic campfire and enjoy roasting ranger apples and marshmallows, listening to tunes and making some fun crafts! Touch and learn about the skulls and pelts of Big Basin animals.

Evening Campfire Programs

Fridays through Tuesdays at 7 pm; Wednesdays at 7:30 pm (no campfire programs Saturday, August 27 through Wednesday, August 31)

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. For Nature Supermarket special campfires join Ranger Alex Tabone to find out how dinner was made by the native Ohlone people 500 years ago, you even get to taste our creation! For In the Company of Redwoods special campfire program join David Casterson and learn about the plants of the redwood forest and take home your own hand tinted notecard! Fire lighting and marshmallows (we provide the sticks and marshmallows!) at 7 pm; program begins at 7:30 pm. Wheelchair, stroller accessible. Good dogs welcome!

Discover Big Basin Redwoods Hike

Fridays through Tuesdays at 7 pm; Wednesdays at 7:30 pm (no campfire programs Saturday, August 27 through Wednesday, August 31)

Explore the park’s less travelled backcountry with Docent Barry Grimm. This moderately paced hike will be individually tailored to your group. Based on group size, experience level and weather conditions, we will choose from the many trails that explore the park’s most scenic areas. Meet at Park Headquarters.

Outlook from Mt. McAbee

Monday, August 1 at 11 am, Saturday, August 20 at 11 am

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.

Coffee Talk and Crafts

Saturday, August 6 from 9 am to noon, Saturday, August 20 from 9 am to noon

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 Norm Beeson 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!

The Road Less Traveled—A Dog-Friendly Walk

Sunday, August 7 at 10 am, Saturday, August 13 at 10 am, Sunday, August 14 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 and her dog. Dogs not required, but welcome! Bring water and meet at Park Headquarters.

Berry Creek Falls Hike

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

Special Guest! Measuring Tall Trees Saturday, August 20 at 12:30 pm

Saturday, August 20 at 12:30 pm

How do you measure the tallest trees in the world? Join Zane Moore, a redwood researcher, to learn about measuring these tall, tall trees. Zane will show you how scientists determine the height, size and ages of these trees. We’ll look at the history and future directions of tree measurement from cameras to lasers to drones. This 1-mile, 90-minute walk will take us to where technology and trees meet. Meet at Park Headquarters.

Wildflower Walk!

Sunday, August 21 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. Sunday’s walk is a relaxed five-mile, five-hour amble that includes a chimney tree. Bring water and lunch. Meet at Park Headquarters.

Meteor Trail Hike

Monday, August 22 at 11 am, Sunday, August 28 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.

Snakes Alive!

Saturday, Saturday, August 27 from noon to 3 pm

Why are snakes important to us? How do they see, smell, taste, and 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, meet Docent Diane Shaw and hear stories about the fascinating world of snakes. Stop by anytime to meet the snake and talk to Diane. 

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