Nature June 30, 2018
This Waterfall Staircase Hike May Be The Most Unique In All Of Northern California
Northern California is home to all sorts of amazing nature hikes but nothing quite compares to a hike that ends with a gorgeous view of a waterfall. This quaint waterfall isn’t massive by any means, but it’s hidden in the most picturesque setting. Not to mention, the hike itself will have you uncovering all sorts of treasures within this beautiful redwoods forest. Take this magical staircase hike and experience one of the most stunning regions of our state!
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Hiding within Big Basin Redwood State Park is a lovely waterfall known as Sempervirens Falls. Don't get us wrong, the waterfall is beautiful...but it's the journey to the falls that you'll remember forever.
The trail is considered very simple at just 2 miles out-and-back with next to no elevation gain. The ease of the trail makes it a great outing for families with young kids, especially since there's so much to see.
As you follow the trail, you'll delve deep into the redwoods and it truly feels like you're being engulfed by the wilderness. These are the types of sights you'd expect to see in a movie or something, not real life!
Massive coastal redwoods tower over you as you meander down the path. The hike may be short but you could end up spending hours just enjoying the views that the forest has to offer. It won't be long until the sound of rushing water lets you know that the waterfall is nearby.
As you approach the falls you'll come across a lovely staircase that winds through the forest and down to the waterfall.
The staircase will lead you down to a viewing platform that provides an exceptional view of the thing you've been waiting for all along—Sempervirens Falls. This hike is best completed after it rains so you can catch the waterfall in full effect, but it's really beautiful no matter when you decide to see it.
Sempervirens Falls is a quaint 20-foot waterfall that gently pours over a stone wall surrounded by moss-covered trees and tons of greenery. The sight of this delightful waterfall will instantly put you at peace. It's a great spot to just stop and reflect.
There's a campground right next to the falls so if you don't feel like hiking, you can always drive there to see the waterfall. But where's the fun in that? The hike is short and sweet but it leads you to a beyond beautiful spot that must be experienced.
You'll find Sempervirens Falls via the Sequoia Trail in Big Basin Redwood State Park. If you'd like to look at a trail map, you can click
Doesn’t this waterfall staircase hike look like something out of a dream? This would be a great way to spend a few hours. Looking for more short and sweet hikes with amazing payoffs? Visit our
list of eight awesome hikes like the one described above.