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Hiking Big Basin Redwoods State Park | Berry Creek Loop

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I wish I would have started blogging when I started doing these excursions with friends but its never too late! We went to Big Basin last October (2016) and worked our way through the Berry Creek Loop which is a 10 mile trip on foot. Except for one member of our group who was joining us from San Jose, we carpooled there because it was a one and a half hour trip just to get there from the East Bay. Part of the mountainous road is very twisty and curvy so be prepared if nausea is an issue. We parked at headquarters so there was a $10 fee (bring cash) to park there but worth it after a 10 mile hike through the woods.

Come here after a good rainy season to see the waterfalls. There are many large and small waterfalls throughout the Berry Loop. One can also camp here. We met a family half way through our walk that was picking up their campsite to start heading back out. That must be hard work carrying all those items throughout the trail. 
  • This photo was taken in a great spot to have a snack or lunch. There are wooden benches here and you can rest for a bit before continuing on the journey. 
  • Make sure to have a good stretch session here as well. Your muscles will start to tighten the more you stay. I didn't stretch enough while we were here and wound up falling due to a calf muscle cramp in my right leg. It was painful! If you need a training guide, I suggest the "Get Flexy" ebook that comes with the PIIT28 training program.

What to bring:
  1. Water - A hydration pack or a very large water bottle. 
  2. Layer your clothes. Its chilly here in the morning and in certain areas like near headquarters because of the vast amounts of shade.
  3. Food - some healthy snacks to replenish the calories you'll be burning.
  4. A bag to dispose of garbage or sanitary items. There are no bathrooms along the way so you will have to do your business behind a tree. There is one large tree, in particular, that is often used as a bathroom and people leave all sorts of unhygienic rubbish behind. Please bring a bag and dispose of it when you get back to headquarters.
  5. Hand sanitizer. Take wipes or gel, your call, but you'll definitely want it!
  6. Money/Cards for after the hike. You will be ravenous and may want to eat at the cafe or at another location.

Big Basin Redwoods State Park - Northern California

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