Big Basin Redwoods State Park
Highlights: For those looking for adventure a little closer to home (or if you’ve already joined us in Yosemite), Lasting Adventures is excited to be offering youth summer camps near San Francisco, along the Skyline to Sea Trail in Big Basin Redwoods State Park! People come from all over the world to hike the incredible Skyline to Sea Trail that wanders 25 miles through California Redwood groves, old growth forests, along babbling brooks and past amazing waterfalls while showcasing stellar views of the Pacific Ocean. Big Basin State Park is the oldest state park in California and a true gem of the park system featuring some of the tallest and oldest Redwood trees on the planet.
Our 6-Day Skyline to Sea Summer Camp program, which takes place in Big Basin Redwood State Park, is designed for participants ages 13-18 who are both new or experienced backpackers. The trip is approximately 25- 30 miles over 6 days and generally downhill with intermittent uphill sections.
Day 1: After group ice breakers and gear introduction, campers will start the trip up on the lush hills and mountains near the Saratoga Gap Vista Point and hike approximately 6 miles downhill through lush forest toward their first camp for the night, Waterman Gap. Along the way, campers will see the first of the Redwood trees (although smaller) and take in incredible views of the Santa Cruz mountain range.
Day 2: Today, we will hike about 7 miles as we head away from the road into more secluded areas and into our first old growth Redwood Grove. After the grove, we will head up and over China Grade into genuinely massive Redwoods toward our second camp, Lane Camp.
Days 3-5: Over the next two days, campers will wind their way through Big Basin Redwood State Park, through a virtual rain forest of old growth forests, babbling brooks and stunning waterfalls all the way down to Twin Redwoods camp. Big Basin truly has it all, from Redwoods towering over 300 feet tall, to stunning views of the Pacific Ocean and some of the most fascinating wildlife California has to offer.
Day 6: Campers will leave last camp at Twin Redwoods and take in spectacular views of the ocean as they head toward the Waddell Beach parking lot for a 12-1 o’clock pickup.
Note: Remember this is only a sample itinerary.
Other: During the week, participants will learn the hard skills of backpacking including tent and tarp shelter construction, map and compass use, orienteering, water treatment, stove use, plant and animal ID, etc… as well as participate in games and activities that will help build leadership and team building skills. They will also learn about the fascinating geology and rich cultural history of the area.
On all of our summer camps, we have a daily circle time in the morning where youth engage in group games, share highlights, offer praise to each other, stretch, review maps and day itineraries, and set individual and group goals for the day. Also, whether breaking on the trail or in the afternoon or evening in the campsite, our Guides also facilitate additional opportunities for youth to develop a personal connection with nature. Problem-solving and initiative games are common as are smiles. Additional outdoor skills are gained as we practice Leave no Trace principles and promote environmental stewardship throughout the length of the program.
Scholarship Application – Every youth deserves this opportunity!