Wastahi Walk-in Campground

Big Basin Redwoods State Park


Big Basin Redwoods State Park


Wastahi Campground, Big Basin Redwoods State Park, CA

Wastahi Walk-in Campground

Big Basin Attractions

Hiking among the Redwoods

Various trails lead out from the center of the park to interesting areas of the park. Campers at Wastahi Walk-in Campground are close to all the best trails.

  • Redwood Trail is a ½-mile loop, self-guided nature trail, passing some of the tallest trees in the park, including Mother of the Forest.
  • Sequoia Trail is a 4-mile loop connecting with Skyline to the Sea Trail, passing Sempervirens Falls, Founders Monument, and Slippery Rock.
  • Maddocks Cabin Site is 4-mile trail beginning on Skyline to the Sea Trail and returning on connecting trails, passing Maddocks Cabin Site, Opal Creek, and old-growth redwoods.
  • Berry Creek Falls is a 10.5 miles round-trip to the four cascades on Berry Creek, passing many of the largest redwoods.

Activities and Programs

  • Guided Nature Walks are offered at various times.
  • Enjoy interesting Campfire Talks.
  • Children ages 7-12 can participate in the Junior Rangers program.
  • The Big Basin Nature Club is for ages 3-6 and their families.

Key Wastahi Campground Regulations

  1. Quiet Hours extend from 10 PM to 6 AM.
  2. Wood collecting is not allowed, including twigs and leaves.
  3. Generators are not allowed in Wastahi Campground.
  4. To keep provisions away from raccoons, secure your food in lockers or vehicles. There are no bears.

Wastahi Walk-in Campground

Wastahi Walk-in Campground is hidden away about 1½ miles from Big Basin Redwoods State Park headquarters. This quiet, forested campground for tents only offers more of a backcountry feel than the other campgrounds in the park. Big Basin is one of the premier family camping destinations in California. Easy to explore trails leading in many directions along gurgling creeks and among giant redwoods, wildlife abounds, and a host of interpretive programs are available for all ages.

Wastahi Walk-in Campground sites are number 76 -102. They are only open during the summer from about May 22 to the end of Labor Day weekend. Campers park at a lot off Sky Meadow Road and carry their gear to their sites.

Wastahi Walk-in Campground Basics
Wastahi Walk-in Campground Location: 25 miles northwest of Santa Cruz via Highways 9 and 236
Elevation: 1,000 feet
Number of Sites: 26 (#76 - #102)
Max. People per Site: 8 (including children)
Vehicles per Site: 2 in parking lot
Pets: On leash, always attended

Reservations at Wastahi Walk-in Campground
Reservations Available: Memorial Day weekend -Labor Day
Booking Window: from 2 days up to 6 months in advance of your arrival date.
Wheelchair Accessible Sites: None designated
Fees: $35 plus an $8 reservation fee
Online Reservations at ReserveCalifornia: Wastahi Walk-in Campground Reservations
or call (800) 444-PARK (7275) between 8 AM and 6 PM
Check-in, check-out: 2:00 PM, Noon
Park Headquarters: (831) 338-8860

Wastahi Walk-in Campground Amenities
Campsites: Picnic table, food locker, fire ring
Campground: restrooms with flush toilets, tap water
Showers: Yes, 25 cents for 2 minutes
Campground Map: Big Basin Campgrounds Map
Attractions near Wastahi Walk-in Campground: Hike the Sequoia Trail to Slippery Rock. Visit towering redwood groves. Hike to Sempervirens Waterfall and others. Enjoy the exhibits in the visitor center and nature museum.
Common Wildlife: Deer, raccoons, quail, woodpeckers

Headwuarters at Big Basin Redwoods State Park, CA

Big Basin Headquarters and Visitor Center

ReserveCalifornia Reservations Tips

California State Parks' new reservation system - ReserveCalifornia - now allows campers "to make reservations 6 months to the day in advance of their arrival date." For example, on January 1 reservations can be made for stays beginning on July 1. In the past, reservations were released in one-month blocks. Now it is day by day. For months with fewer days than the month 6 months away, reservations for the remaining days will be released in a small cluster on the first of the next month. For example, on March 1 (because February is a short month) you can make reservations for stays beginning August 29-31. Read details at ReserveCalifornia.

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