Women’s Backpacking in Big Basin

Big Basin is renowned for its giant redwood forests and secluded hiking trails, cascading waterfalls and ocean vistas. On this 3-night, 4-day trek we'll hike a portion of the famous "Skyline to the Sea trail" from Big Basin to the sea. We'll visit waterfalls we can soak under, redwood trees we can walk into and revel in the quiet solitude of this forest sanctuary. This trip is perfect for beginner/intermediate backpackers that want to learn how to up their backpacking game to handle a multiple-night trek while connecting to the spiritual realms of nature for healing and wholeness. Dinner and breakfast included (and delicious).

2 Dates: March 28-31 & May 2-5

 

DETAILED ITINERARY, DIRECTIONS, ROUTES & GEAR LISTS SENT UPON REGISTRATION

ITINERARY

THURSDAY/DAY 1

1PM Meet on Santa Cruz’s westside “Circle Church” for opening ceremonies, packing and backpack fitting. Leaving your personal cars behind, we’ll shuttle 45 minutes to Jay camp, our night 1 campsite in Big Basin. Campsite is less than a 1/4 mile hike! Set up camp, eat a hearty dinner and zzzzzzz….

FRIDAY/Day 2 

  • Hot coffee/tea, hearty breakfast and camp breakdown.

  • Hike: Jay Camp to Sunset Camp, 5.6 miles, 1002’ elevation gain. This hike takes us through giant old growth redwood forests and along creeks and rivers. Lunch will be enjoyed along the trail

  • Our camp is in the coastal manzanita forest where we'll enjoy dinner. After dinner you’ll be guided to find a “sit spot” in nature and spend some contemplative time either journaling or listening while entering into a dialogue with nature.

SATURDAY/Day 3 

  • Hot coffee/tea, hearty breakfast and camp breakdown.

  • Hike: waterfall day! Sunset Camp to Twin Redwood Camp, 5.3 miles, 78’ elevation gain (mostly dowhill :)

    After exploring the waterfalls and checking their temperature, we'll enjoy lunch on the trail and head down to Twin Redwood camp, our lovely campsite by the Waddell River. Set up camp and hearty dinner.

  • Evening prompt & activity: what is belonging?

SUNDAY/Day 3 

  • Hot coffee/tea, hearty breakfast and camp breakdown.

  • Hike: Twin Redwood Camp to the sea, 2 miles, 25' elevation gain.

    We'll have a leisurely breakfast and before breaking down camp you’ll be given some “wild soul” prompts for gathering wisdom from our inner and outer landscapes.

  • This is a mellow hike to the sea. After saying hello to the ocean, we'll enjoy lunch at the beach, have a closing ceremony, pack up the car that’s waiting for us at the end of the trailhead and head back to the Circle Church to retrieve cars and say goodbye! We shoot for returning to the church ~1:30pm

TRIP LEADERS RESERVE THE RIGHT TO CHANGE ITINERARIES AT ANY TIME

Price: $485

 
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What Should I Pack?

Full equipment list and intake form sent upon registration. Most people don't have all the gear needed for a 4-day backpacking trip and if that's you, no worries, we rent gear! Indicate what you need (backpack, sleeping bag, sleeping pad, hiking poles or tent) on your intake form and it will be waiting for you at the trailhead.

What's Included?

Guided hikes, camping permits, "wild soul" activities, local expertise and dinner/breakfast. Bring your own LUNCHES and personal snacks, and any fun games you want to share. Complete equipment list sent upon registration

Are The Hikes Hard?

There are hills in this terrain. There is nothing too steep or long and we take our time along the way, taking lots of breaks. The longest hiking day is day 2, which has an overall elevation of 1000', meaning you'll climb 1000' over the course of 5.6 miles. If you've never backpacked or camped before, we recommend training by hiking with weight, but it's not required! Pro tip: pack light (do you really need 4 changes of clothes?) and take lots of breaks.

Important Details

When you reserve your spot, we'll send you an intake form, detailed packing list & itinerary with everything you need to know. These trips are loads of fun and our expert guides will be with you every step of the way, YOU GOT THIS!