Big Basin State Park: Buzzard Roost

When we hiked Buzzard Roost Spour earlier this Summer, I already knew that Buzzard Spoor will be in this year hikes list. And it even didn’t require the long wait 🙂
Big Basin is always very popular. I wanted to see how it looks few hours before sunset. So we arrived at the entrance around 6 PM. And it was the right timing. The major parking lot was half empty, most of the families left the park.
08.13. Big Basin State Park

And so all the redwood trails were mostly for ourselves. The light was perfect, soft and yellow. The shadows it created were pleasant for eyes.

08.13. Big Basin State Park
08.13. Big Basin State Park
08.13. Big Basin State Park
08.13. Big Basin State Park

Pine Mtn Trail that leads to the Buzzard Roost is uphill and requires some efforts to do it. The evening hours with cooling temperatures helped us a lot. As views became unobstructed, it was seen how fog is rolling already over the coast. It was sooooo epic!
08.13. Big Basin State Park

08.13. Big Basin State Park
08.13. Big Basin State Park

So we were only on the top of the mountain. Was so good to explore every view without waiting for other people to finish their photos, lunch or just the rest.
From this place, it’s easy t see Roost Spoor and Eagle Rock (which is higher! I didn’t expect it)
08.13. Big Basin State Park
08.13. Big Basin State Park
08.13. Big Basin State Park
08.13. Big Basin State Park
While we rested here, fog moved even more close.

08.13. Big Basin State Park
08.13. Big Basin State Park
08.13. Big Basin State Park
08.13. Big Basin State Park

08.13. Big Basin State Park
And so we returned to the park headquarters to see even emptier roads and trails.

08.13. Big Basin State Park
08.13. Big Basin State Park
08.13. Big Basin State Park
08.13. Big Basin State Park

A must stop on the route back from the Big Basin is Sempervirens Point. The views of the Saratoga gap and the range on South is always good. But this day fog makes it different. Remember the fog we saw from the Buzzard Roost? The fog caught us!
08.13. Big Basin State Park
08.13. Big Basin State Park
08.13. Big Basin State Park

08.13. Big Basin State Park
08.13. Big Basin State Park
08.13. Big Basin State Park
08.13. Big Basin State Park

08.13. Big Basin State Park
08.13. Big Basin State Park
08.13. Big Basin State Park
08.13. Big Basin State Park

More stories on Big Basin:
Little Basin Camping (site MV01) and Buzzard Roost Spour hike
Little Basin Camping (site 037) and Eagle Rock hike
Berry Creek Falls Loop hike
Ocean Summit View trail hike
Eagle Rock hike

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