Serena and I enjoyed a sunny and warm spring day at Waddell Beach and Big Basin State Park. We began with a trail run along the Skyline to the Sea Trail, travelling through lush meadows in full bloom and then redwood forest. I continued up the McCrary Ridge trail, which climbs steeply (very steeply in spots) to sweeping views of interior Big Basin, Chalk Mountain, Pine Mountain, and Waddell Beach. I continued on to the Howard King Trail, which is a classic Big Basin single track passing through many of the ecosystems of Big Basin, including pine forest, chaparral, deciduous woodland, and finishing with old growth redwoods near Waddell Creek. I made a quick excursion to see the gorgeous Berry Creek Falls and then continued down the Skyline to the Sea Trail to the start at Waddell Beach.
Berry Creek falls had much less water than after the heavy rains in February, but this spectacular falls is a treat to see any time of the year. My route was basically a lollipop with the loop portion consisting of the McCrary Ridge Trail, Howard King Trail, and Skyline to the Sea. Total mileage including side excursions was 16+ miles. After the run, I utilized the natural ice bath in the frigid waters of the Pacific Ocean! We enjoyed the nice weather on the beach before heading to Pescadero for some hot artichoke garlic bread fresh out of the oven!
Redwoods, views, Rancho del Oso, and Waddell Beach photos after the jump!
See comparison with the falls after heavy rains in February.