Wednesday, November 18, 2009

No Backpacking at Big Basin

Berry Creek Falls
Berry Creek Falls, Big Basin Redwoods State Park, © Rebecca Bond

Bummer. I wanted to do the approximately 30 mile Skyline-to-the-Sea trail over Thanksgiving weekend. It runs from Castle Rock State Park in the hills above Los Gatos through Big Basin Redwoods State Park down to the ocean at Rancho Del Oso and Waddell Beach. But, according to the reservation office, due to budget cuts Big Basin has closed all trail camps from the beginning of November this year to the end of April. The lack of financial support for State Parks is getting ridiculous.


  1. Depending on how long you want to take, you can do it as an overnight and camp at one of the car camps at Big Basin - that's how I did it a few years ago, but it means two long days (17 mi and 15 mi, I think, which is a bit of a pain when you throw in a shuttle and the short daylight hours)

  2. So bummed! I was planning a trip in December. I wonder what other trail camps at state parks will be closed this winter. I can't wait until next summer to backpack!