Hollow Tree Trail Big Basin


Big Basin Redwoods State Park - Boulder Creek, CA
21600 Big Basin Way

Sat, Jun 8, 2019 at 3:00 PM - 9:00 PM

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Meet at 8 a.m. in the parking lot at the intersection of highways 9 and 35 (see Google Map pin) southeast corner. We'll carpool caravan in 5 vehicles, as parking is limited. We'll arrive at the trailhead by 8:30 after a beautiful drive there. This is an 8.4 mile moderately strenuous off the beaten path hike all on single track trails. Terrain is mostly under shaded forest canopy with occasional vistas (all of Big Basin to the ocean at Waddell Beach), and includes manzanita scrub forests, rocky outcroppings reminiscent of Castle Rock, and a deep redwood stream-cut canyon which still had some water during our hike last October. Here is a link to last year's hike, including photos and a hike profile from All-Trails in the photo section: https://www.meetup.com/SouthBayRamblersHikingGroup/events/254124510/ We are reversing this hike from last year by popular request. We'll descend the Skyline to Sea Trail 1.9 miles into the Opal Creek watershed and its old redwoods, then a moderately strenuous climb out of the canyon for a break at about the halfway point. We join the Hollow Tree Trail continuing on a moderate uphill to Lane Camp at the meeting of China Grade and Johansen Roads. After a quick water break we begin a long downhill still on the isolated Hollow Tree Trail (didn't see another hiker here both times I've gone) for the return portion of this big loop hike. Total elevation gain is reported at 1,473 feet. A trail profile is shown in photos. There are no bathrooms, or easy place for a break, but we will take a snack break at Johansen Mill (a bit over halfway). Expect five and one half hours hiking. Here is a Google Map marker showing the hike starting point on highway 236. The trail goes to the left, then turns to the right. https://www.google.com/maps/place/Bulls+Spring/@37.2012089,-122.2279997,15z/data=!4m5!3m4!1s0x808e52ecd1473df3:0x1acdd135de4011d5!8m2!3d37.2010559!4d-122.1977443?hl=en