UPDATE: This blockage has been cleared.
(The following is out of date; it’s remaining posted for historical reasons).
Skyline-to-the-Sea Trail is blocked about a half-mile west of the headquarters of Big Basin Redwoods State Park. Fortunately there’s a simple detour: just take the Sunset Trail up to Middle Ridge Road, cross it and carry on. A connector trail takes you back to the Skyline trail about an eighth of a mile up the Sunset Trail. From there it’s on to Berry Creek Falls and the rest of Big Basin’s wonderful interior.
Note for Big Basin regulars: this is the same blockage that’s been there for a few months; I didn’t do any Big Basin hikes this spring so I didn’t learn about it till last week. I figure a lot of folks do the whole Skyline-to-the-Sea Trail during summer vacation season, so they might want to know what the big deal is when they see all the “trail closed” signs.
(Base map courtesy of Virtual Parks)
There are plenty of signs and markers along the way. I sneaked up to the site of the blockage: a massive washout that obliterates a chunk of trail and blocks everything with a 10-foot-tall tangle of limbs and forest debris. Don’t waste the steps to walk up there; as the cops say, “nothing to see here.”
Looks like half the hillside gave way just on the other side of this little bridge. The obstruction is massive and the trail damage substantial.
After I turned back I got a nice hike in. More on that in a separate post.
If its the same closing, its been that way for a couple of months.
I didn’t check out the trail from HQ to the ridge, but there were several rather large downed redwoods on the back side of Skyline at that time.
The detour up to the Sunset trail isn’t too much extra distance…
(And the point is possibly moot since Big Basin is on the closure list 🙁 )
John: it’s probably the same one… I’ll do a writeup tomorrow. The blockage is not a big deal, it’s before you get to Middle Ridge so it’s easy to detour.
are u able to see Berry Creek Falls, Silver, & Golden? I want to do the falls hike before Labor Day!
Ann: there’s no trouble getting to the falls… just a detour in the first mile to get up to Middle Ridge, where both Sunset and Skyline-to-the-Sea trails are open.
Interesting that the signs (still) claim “Bridge Out” when in fact (it would appear) the bridge is fine, it’s just the entire side of the hill that’s gone.
I suppose “bridge out” sounds more menacing.
Any competent copy editor would’ve corrected that, for sure.
The sign could’ve said “look, don’t bother coming up this way. The trail is really truly blocked; you can’t get through, there’s 10 feet of tree wreckage in the way and you’ll just have to turn back,” but really, “bridge out” has the same result.
Hey just thought I’d offer a bit of an update, I was up at this place Jan 23rd and they seem to have fixed it!
Here’s an updated photo of the exact bridge from this post =D