Monday, March 30, 2009

Big Basin Hike

Golden Cascade

On Saturday, Liam, Jodi and I took off for a hike at Big Basin Redwoods State Park. Liam wanted to go to Big Sur but that was too far away. Jodi came up with an awesome backup plan.

I took a look at the Waterfalls of California page for more info. It sounded like several of the waterfalls there would make for a great destination and some great photos. To get to the destinations, you have to put in the work.

The Skyline to the Sea trail was closed so we wound up getting robbed of our plan to go to Berry Creek Falls, rated a 9.5 as one of the best falls in CA. Instead, we hit Golden Cascade via the Sunset trail. The round trip hike topped out just over 5 hours. It was rated as "strenuous." During the hike, we joked that it wasn't as bad as we expected and that the trail keepers needed to come up with a new designation "super-strenuous." All that joking faded away when we got home to sore legs and blistered feet. Good thing we had nothing on the agenda for Sunday besides a full day skiing at Kirkwood.

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