Distance: 26.00 mi
Type: Loop, Trail
Difficulty: 7 / 10
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Address: PO Box 1040, Stinson Beach, CA 94970
Filed Under: Running
Looking for a challenging trail run? How about one with scenery to reward your effort? Well, look no further -- nestled in the redwood forests of the Santa Cruz Mountains, this spectacular trail event is your answer! Limited to 250 participants. Pre-registration only. NO raceday registration!
In the news:
The San Francisco Chronicle Travel section featured Big Basin in its Weekend Escape series:
"Fall is prime time in Big Basin Redwoods State Park, when the sunny days are cooler, the foggy days are fewer and big-leaf maples add flaming accents to the park's main attraction: groves of ancient coastal redwoods, including some of the tallest on the planet."
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The Half Marathon climbs and descends 1,800 feet. The scenic loop through Big Basin Redwoods State Park will carry you through the towering virgin redwood forests, fern grottos, cascading cataracts, and three majestic waterfalls: a course so beautiful, you might just want to do it twice -- and you can! The Marathon is two loops of the Half Marathon course and has 3,600 feet of elevation gain and descent.
Full details and registration available at envirosports.com.
From the South Bay or Peninsula:
Take Hwy. 85 towards Saratoga. Go through Saratoga and take Hwy. 9 towards Boulder Creek. Take Hwy. 236 to Big Basin.
From San Jose:
From Hwy. 17, follow Hwy. 9 through Saratoga and towards Boulder Creek. Take Hwy. 236 to Big Basin.
From Santa Cruz:
Take Hwy. 17 towards San Jose and take the Felton exit. Turn right on Hwy. 9 towards Boulder Creek. In downtown Boulder Creek, turn left on Hwy. 236 to Big Basin.
Please note: Hwy 9 & 236 are slow and winding, so plan accordingly.
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The Fern River Resort (cottages), Felton
Jaye's Timberland Resort (cottages), Ben Lomand
Santa Cruz Visitor's Bureau
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