Alder Trail Camp

Big Basin Redwoods State Park

San Francisco Peninsula + Santa Cruz, California

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Alder Trail Camp


  • Alder Camp is a hike-in camp along Big Basin Redwoods State Park's Skyline to the Sea Trail.- Alder Trail Camp
  • The Skyline to the Sea Trail is wide with a gradual uphill slope, and it extends from the coast into a lush creek valley with stands of coast redwoods.- Alder Trail Camp
  • Marked by a small sign noting that reservations are necessary, Alder Camp is under a quarter mile from the Skyline to the Sea Trail.- Alder Trail Camp
  • A vault toilet and a trash can are the only amenities in this camp.- Alder Trail Camp
  • Most of the camp sites have bear lockers, and all have a flat area for a tent.- Alder Trail Camp
  • Campsites are in flats trimmed back into the dense brush.- Alder Trail Camp
  • Site 5.- Alder Trail Camp
  • A short trail leads back to site 6, the most secluded camp site.- Alder Trail Camp
  • Site 6.- Alder Trail Camp
  • Just a quarter mile further on the Skyline to the Sea Trail from Alder Camp is a creek crossing and a few serene spots along Waddell Creek.- Alder Trail Camp
Overview + Weather
Near Waddell Creek.
Not particularly scenic.
San Francisco Peninsula + Santa Cruz, CA
Managed by: 
Big Basin Redwoods State Park
Price per night (basic site): 
15.00 $ (12.59 €)
Occasionally full
Pets allowed: 
1.60 mi (2.57 km)
Year round: 
Parking Pass: 
Private or commercial fee
Preferable Season(s):
Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
Reservations possible: 
Total number of sites: 
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Campground Description

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Alder Backcountry Trail Camp is a basic six-site camp along the Skyline to the Sea Trail inside Big Basin Redwoods State Park. Geared toward backpackers along the trail, the campground has a vault toilet, trash can, and bear lockers. Of the six sites, none are particularly scenic; however site 2 is set above a creek, which can provide a nice ambiance. Site 6 is the most secluded and requires a short walk down a path to reach. All sites have a flat area that is meant for a tent.

Horses are not allowed at Alder Camp. The camp is located 1.6 miles from Highway 1, and it can fill up during summer weekends when park hiking traffic is at its peak. Reservations are required, and they are handled through the California State Parks Department. More information on the reservation process and site guidelines can be found here. Camp fees are $15 nightly. The more scenic Twin Redwoods Backcountry Trail Camp is located about a half-mile further up the Skyline to the Sea Trail and may also be worth looking into.

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