The drive to Big Basin from 92 and 280S took about an hour. Around 35S, you have to make a turn onto 9W and go 236S into the Forresty Valley of Big Basin Redwoods State Park. 236S is a narrow windy road that makes turns at 30MPH feel like hairpin turns on a GoKart track.
I woke up around 7:45a and left the house at around 8:30a and got to the middle of the Big Basin Redwoods State Park HQ at about 11:00a. I missed the right turn onto 9W from 35S and overshot about 12 minutes out and had to U-Turn and make my way back to the turn left onto 9W – the overshot part got very narrow and I had to slow almost to 20MPH. There was $10 Day Parking Fee. There were so many cars, I had to park about a quarter mile away from HQ and hike back to where they had the parking booth, museum, gift store, and cafe.
The redwoods were gorgeous, and the air was much fresher. There were a few blue jays hopping around.There are plenty of redwoods and trails that it really didn’t matter which trail I took, I had a great time walking about the redwoods.
Redwoods Trail is a connection of short 2-3mi flat family-friendly trails that wind about gorgeous giant redwood trees surrounded by autumn colored brush and prickly leaves and acorns on the floor.