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 2-night, 3-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 backpackers that want to learn how to backpack with expert, friendly support . Dinner and breakfast included (and delicious).

July 19-21

 

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

ITINERARY

FRIDAY/DAY 1

12PM 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 Rancho del Oso parking lot, and hike into Twin Redwoods Camp, our night 1 campsite in Big Basin. Campsite is a 2.5 mile hike! Set up camp, eat a hearty dinner and zzzzzzz….

Saturday/Day 2 

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

  • Hike: Twin Redwoods to Alder camp (0.5 miles) Lunch will be enjoyed at our new camp followed by a hike to the waterfalls. Optional hike to waterfalls: ~ 8 miles round trip with 400’ elavation gain.

  • After returning to camp we’ll take some time to find a “sit spot” in nature and spend some contemplative time either journaling or listening while entering into a dialogue with nature.

SUNDAY/Day 3 

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

    We'll have a leisurely breakfast and before breaking down camp and hiking back to the cars.

  • We’ll aim to be back to the Circle Church to retrieve cars and say goodbye ~1:30pm

TRIP LEADERS RESERVE THE RIGHT TO CHANGE ITINERARIES AT ANY TIME

Price: $295

 
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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!