Big Sur/Big Basin Facts

~Big Sur/Big Basin Article

Here’s How You Do It:

Reserve (link below) six months in advance for camping (see below) Both Kirk Creek and Big Basin book out early, however, off season/mid-week can offer some elbow room.

Either take off by car if you have one accessible or fly into Los Angeles International or Burbank and rent a car. If you are flying in and desiring to camp, see this article of ours on destination camping. You will save an enormous amount of money if you are able to eschew hotels along the coast.

~Location: This trip began in Los Angeles. First destination the Courthouse: took the 101 north to Santa Barbara. Take the Garden St. exit, turn north (away from the ocean). Left at Anapamu and left again at Anacapa. Find parking (generally it’s pay parking but cheaper away from the ocean) and leave the car. Trolley service runs up and down State St. to the ocean.

From Santa Barbara to Gaviota: take 101 north (33 miles) again to Gaviota State Beach. Pay parking lot.

From Gaviota to Kirk Creek.

Phone Information: (805)434-1996

GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):35.99167, -121.49417, 35°59’30″N, 121°29’39″W

To Big Basin (80 miles south of San Francisco, about 1 hour 45 min. drive) GPS Info.  Latitude: 37.17159, Longitude: -122.22203. Map

~Ranger Station: Kirk Creek, no nearby ranger station. Nearest markets are in San Luis Obispo and water needs to brought in as it is not potable.

Big Basin Redwoods Park Headquarters is 9 miles north of the town of Boulder Creek on State Hwy #236. Phone # (831) 338-8860. There are many old growth redwood hikes listed of differing lengths.

 ~Nearest Town and Amenities: Kirk Creek Campground – 35 miles south of the community of Big Sur/80 miles north of San Luis Obispo. Lovely restaurants in Big Sur:

Nepenthe is amazing but not cheap.

The Spirit Garden is funky and gorgeous and fairly cost friendly.

Big Basin Redwoods Campground – Boulder Creek 9 miles. Markets, restaurants etc. however there is a small market within the campground as well as a gift shop.

 ~Campground/s: Kirk Creek Campground $22 per night.

Big Basin – Tent Camping reservations are through Reserve America.

Tent cabins are managed privately and reservations are made by calling direct (800) 444-7275 (PARK).

~Warnings: Kirk Creek Campground does NOT have potable water.

 ~Permits: None

 ~Weather: Always check.

 ~Suggestions: Skydiving in San Luis Obispo, jumps with beautiful coastal views. Several of my crew have done this and it said it was stellar.

Hearst Castle in San Simeon is off PCH north but research this. You must take a shuttle and book a tour. This is not self- guided.

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