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Eagle Rock Trail Information

This steep climb up to a fire lookout provides great views of the surrounding redwood forest.

Watch for:

Keep an eye out for red huckleberries, star lilies, mountain iris and black-tailed deer.

Hiking Details for Eagle Rock Trail

Distance: 4 miles

Elevation change: 1400′ gain

Hiking time: 3 hours

Trail surface: packed dirt, fully exposed

Best Season: year round

Managing agency: Little Basin Redwoods State Park

Parking lot location: Click here for directions

Overview: For a steep 4-mile hike follow the Eagle Rock Trail to the fire lookout and back down. The climb up to Eagle Rock is worth the view from the lookout.

Follow Little Basin Road off of CA Route 236 to Eagle Rock Trail. The trail is relatively narrow until it reaches a fire road after two miles. Once you reach Eagle Rock, there is a small trail that leads to the summit platform. The side of the rock is a 100 feet sheer face, so be cautious. When you’re ready to head back, retrace your steps to the parking lot.

Directions to Eagle Rock Trail

From Boulder Creek, turn onto Highway 236 and follow it for six miles, then turn left at Little Basin Road. Approximately two miles after the turn there is a fire road that starts up on the left side of the road. This is the parking area for the trailhead.

More about Eagle Rock Trail

Tucked away in the Santa Cruz Mountains, Little Basin was an outdoor getaway for HP employees for 44 years. POST and Sempervirens Fund purchased the property from HP in a bargain sale to secure public access to the 535-acre redwood park. The joint agreement paved the way for it to become part of Big Basin Redwoods State Park.

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