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Big Basin Redwoods, Redwoods in San Francisco

Find redwoods in San Francisco it's easier than it seems in places like Muir Woods รณ Big Basin Redwoods. We talked about the first place a long time ago and it seemed like a really spectacular place. I liked it so much that a second visit to California made me look for another forest of the same type near San Francisco, Big Basin Woods, with the surprise that I fell in love more than Muir Woods.


Big Basin Redwoods - Redwoods in San Francisco

Big Basin Redwoods, Redwoods in San Francisco

Big Basin Redwoods It is located south ofSan Francisco, just over 1h30 'by car as long as we don't find much traffic. This redwood forest is one of the many that are found in the area, such as the aforementioned Muir Woods (closest to the city), Bear creek, Portola and some more than sure that escapes me. This in spite of the super population that surrounds San Francisco is a great relief since with a little patience behind the wheel we reach natural paradises where to make great trekking routes. Of course, virtually all of these Sequoia parks in San Francisco have the same type of tree, the Redwood Redwood, the highest of this type of trees reaching 115 meters and more of 2000 years old.

With the destination already chosen, several weeks before arriving I designed a route of about 15 kilometers, with little slope and visiting one of the key points of Big Basin Redwoods. The truth that the information that appeared on the web was quite complete and with the GPS map that was already available it was easy to do it. In fact going to this state park The natural park was thanks to a recommendation from some friends. The funny thing is that I later learned that it is the oldest park in California.


Big Basin Redwoods - Redwoods in San Francisco

After arriving in San Francisco from Spain I went to the redwood forest the next day and as was logical with a jet lag in full splendor. Hard or not my decision was to go on the road with all the consequences and after leaving about 8:00 AM from a town south of the metropolis we arrived after a little more than 1 hour and a half to the parking lot of Big Basin redwoods, which by the way was almost empty, quite the opposite of what you can find in Muir Woods and what it was Sunday.

Right there we paid the entrance to the park and had a coffee in the small bar near the guard house. We look at a map and then go to the main entrance of the park and from where most hiking trails begin.


Big Basin Redwoods - Redwoods in San Francisco

Upon entering the huge redwoods They surround us everywhere and we see a small enclosure with a grandstand where several families were playing with children. This small enclosure really is an amphitheater where information about the park is imparted and is probably used in summer.


Big Basin Redwoods - Redwoods in San Francisco

Following the path you can quickly see that he is quite well taken care of, giving the feeling that this part of the road a wheelchair could slide through it without problems. However, minutes later, we deviate and this mirage ended up finally starting a true mountain route, with narrow, slippery roads and sometimes difficult to follow.


Big Basin Redwoods - Redwoods in San Francisco

Our idea was to take the path called Timms Creek trail to the waterfalls called Golden and Silver falls and from there return by the Berry Creek Falls Trail, later diverting through the Kelly Creek Trail to the parking lot. A mess that made us need the GPS.

The route being Autumn was covered with leaves and the contrast of colors was quite beautiful. This ran through a continuous rise and fall that finally became quite monotonous but with the beauty of the landscape everything was compensated.


Big Basin Redwoods - Redwoods in San Francisco

This was so amazing that walking on the path and looking at other walkers looked very small before these huge sequoia trees over 100 meters high. This with the thick vegetation gave the feeling of being in a jungle of South America.


Big Basin Redwoods - Redwoods in San Francisco

After crossing several bridges so we reach the first waterfalls. These are of a modest height but with the trickle of water that was glued to the reddish stone gave them a special hue. With this initial show we decided to make our stop for lunch sitting on a cold trunk overlooking one of the waterfalls.


Big Basin Redwoods - Redwoods in San Francisco

We follow the path and we soon find the next waterfall. It was much taller and to reach its base we had to walk along a steep, very slippery path through the mud. In the background there were many trees that probably fell after a heavy storm. Not in vain on the map appeared the Silver and the Golden falls, therefore we were in the right place. From here the waterfalls disappeared but we knew that later we had to find the largest one, but to see it it would take almost 1h.


Big Basin Redwoods - Redwoods in San Francisco

It started to rain slightly and the road began to narrow slightly. The leaves of the ferns overflowing with water wet our pants when passing, having to be alert not to touch them.


Big Basin Redwoods - Redwoods in San Francisco

The place was a vergel and many of the trees hid their bark under a deep mantle of moss.


Big Basin Redwoods - Redwoods in San Francisco

And we reach the last waterfall the highest and most splendid. We reached it from the top, down to a path with safety chains and went back up to a kind of viewpoint with bench included where there are excellent views.


Big Basin Redwoods - Redwoods in San Francisco

After the last waterfall the path was complicated a bit, with sections where the road was hidden by trees, rocks or even ferns. Although it is true, that past these sections the road widened and we began to cross with people who went especially to a viewpoint to enjoy the sunset.


Big Basin Redwoods - Redwoods in San Francisco

An hour later we arrived at a crossroads that we had already passed and from there we headed to the parking lot from where we had left. In the end something less than 5h of route and a place that is very worth visiting throughout the year and especially in autumn.

Practical data on Redwood forests in San Francisco

Before leaving for the United States

  • United States Planet's Guide
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  • Car rental in USA with a 15% discount
  • The best excursions in the United States

How much?

The entrance fee is 7/9$ (2016), being free for children under 15 years. If you have the annual National Parks sympathizer pass, it is free. This pass, with a cost of something more than 80$ per year, it allows you to enter any national park in the United States for free.

Visiting hours

The park opens at 8 in the morning and closes at 7 PM. More information on the website of Park.

When to go?

Rains are frequent from December to March, sometimes lengthening until well into spring. Summer is warm and the best time is autumn.

Where to buy the ticket?

At the same entrance to the enclosure you have a ticket stand. You can purchase both the entrance to the park and the annual pass.

Where to sleep?

There is a camping area in the park that allows the reservation of seats online.

What to wear

In general, California has a mild climate, but it is recommended to wear a jacket since the entire route runs in the shade and in areas of relative humidity. A map of the area is available on the website of the Park.

Other routes close to San Francisco

  • Hiking through Pinnacles National Park : route through the national park closest to the city.
  • Muir Woods : the closest redwood forest visited from San Francisco.
  • Whale Watching in Monterrey.
  • Alcatraz Island in San Francisco.
  • Trekking in Yosemite.
  • Lake Tahoe