Golden Cascades

June 10, 2007

State: California

Location: Big Basin Redwood Park

Height: 60?

Crest: 10

Water Source: Berry Creek

Waypoint: 37.17909N 122.27208W

Summary: This is the third of three waterfalls along Berry Creek in Big Basin Redwood State Park. It consists of three separate drops. It is not as scenic as Berry Creek Falls, but if you are willing to make the 5 mile hike to see Berry Creek Falls, you might as well continue on the extra half mile to see Golden Cascades.

Golden Cascades is located in Big Basin Redwood State Park. This is the first of three waterfalls on Berry Creek. Golden Cascades consists of three separate drops. The first drop is a slide about 20 feet high. The rock under the falls is yellowish orange, which is likely the inspiration for the name. The second drop is the highest, but also the least steep. The water slides down about 30 feet here. The water spread thin across the rock when the creek is low. The last drop is a plunge of less than 10 feet high.

Golden Cascades is located just above Silver Falls. Once you climb up to the top Silver Falls the final plunge of Golden Cascades is about 20 feet in front of you. The trail continues up past the next two sections of the cascades. Silver Falls is a half mile above Berry Creek Falls, which is 5 miles from the trailhead.

This part of California does not get much rain in the summer. Golden Cascades is on the smaller west branch of Berry Creek. In early June the flow was very thin. This waterfall is best seen in winter or early spring.

Nearby Falls

Silver Falls is just downstream and the bigger Berry Creek Falls are less than a mile downstream. The small Sempervirens Falls is also in the park. There are a multitude of falls in the area, although most of them are seasonal. The excellent has pictures and descriptions of many of them. The spectacular waterfalls of Yosemite are only a few hours away as well. Alamere Falls is about a two hour drive to the north.

Photo Gallery

Upper Drop

Middle Drop

Middle Drop

Last Drop

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