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Sempervirens Falls Information

If you're looking for a short, more or less level hike to a waterfall, this is the one for you. You'll also enjoy views of impressive old-growth redwoods and the sounds of nearby Sempervirens Creek.

Watch for:

Deer, banana slugs, woodpeckers, and California quail can all be found in this area.

Hiking Details for Sempervirens Falls

Distance: 3.5 miles

Elevation change: 800 feet

Hiking time: 2-3 hours

Trail surface: Packed dirt

Best Season: Spring

Managing agency: California Department of Parks and Recreation

Parking lot location: Click here for directions

Overview:A pleasant 3.5 mile roundtrip hike on the Sequoia Trail, this is a great choice for kids. The waterfall is fairly small, but it makes a nice destination and is also easily accessed by the nearby campgrounds.

From the park headquarters, follow the Sequoia Trail along Sky Meadow Road. Retrace your steps.

Directions to Sempervirens Falls

The park is 25 miles northwest of Santa Cruz via Highways 9 and 236 and about 65 miles south of San Francisco. All roads into Big Basin are curvy. From Hwy 9 in the town of Boulder Creek, turn north onto Hwy 236 and Park Headquarters is 9 miles down the highway.

More About Big Basin Redwoods State Park

Big Basin Redwoods State Park is Califorina’s oldest state park, and contains some of the most ancient coast redwood trees in California. The oldest trees in the park are over 50 feet in circumference and between 1000 and 1800 years old. The establishment of the park in 1902 paved the way for the preservation and conservation movement in California.

With its 80 miles of trails, there is no shortage of places to explore. You’ll find waterfalls, animals, and birds among a variety of habitats including lush, fern-covered canyons, sunny chaparral, and of course towering old-growth and second-growth redwood forest.

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