Berry Creek Falls in the spring

Big Basin—March, 2010


For the season's warm-up hike (at least for us), Dave and Deb suggested the Berry Creek Falls loop at Big Basin. At 11 miles, this was not your normal warm-up hike. Indeed, both Lori and I were sore for days afterward.

Lori and I were last here years ago and so we were looking forward to seeing the falls in the spring, especially after a wet winter. We were not disappointed! The newts were out, the wildflowers were out, and there were still some mushrooms to be found as well.

While the severe wildfires in 1948 and 1960 were still obvious, there had obviously been some fire in the valley in the past 10 years, as evidenced by lack of undergrowth and fire damage on a sapling which couldn't have been more than 5 years old. I couldn't find any reference of it. Can you?

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