The Wastahi Campground is one of four campgrounds in scenic Big Basin Redwoods State Park. Wastahi has 27 walk-in campsites, a few of which are very private and have been nicknamed the “Honeymoon Suites”. However, be prepared to walk all of your camping gear into the campsites, as there is no vehicle access directly to the campsites. Some of the campsites are a significant up-hill walk from the parking lot.
The Sequoia hiking trail crosses directly through the Wastahi Campground and leads to the nearby Sempervirens falls and beyond. Outside the Sequoia trail, hiking opportunities are abundant in the area surrounding Wastahi, and Big Basin State Park in general, with more than 80 miles of trails for hiking and horse trail rides within the 18,000 acres that make up Big Basin.
Each campsite at Wastahi includes a picnic table, fire pit/ring with grill, and a food locker.
Wastahi Campground Bottom Line
The best things about the Wastahi Campground are Big Basin’s close proximity to the San Francisco Bay Area, a handful of very private campsites, and some large campsites for group camping. Since Big Basin is easy to get to from the Bay area that it can be hard to get a campsite on short notice, let alone one of the more desirable sites. The large campsites that make for great group camping provide little in the way of privacy and the campsites are often with eyesight and/or earshot of the adjacent campsites, the bathrooms, the parking lot, or the trashcans.
Wastahi Campground is often buzzing with activity either from the other campers or from hikers using the Sequoia trail which runs through the campground, and virtually on top of some of the campsites. Wastahi is definitely not a campsite for campers looking for seclusion and to get away from people, unless you can get one of the very private sites. Campsites 86 & 97 are the “honeymoon suites”, which are the most private campsites in Wastahi Campground, and arguably all of Big Basin Redwoods State Park.
Wastahi Campground Features
|Campground Type:||Organized, Walk-In|
|Number of Campsites:||27|
|Cost:||$35/night + $8 fee when reserved online|
|Dogs Allowed:||Yes – Leashed allowed in campsites.|
|Showers:||Yes – Coin operated|
|Cell Phone Service:||None|
|Operating Season:||May 25th – September 2nd|
|Other:||Firewood sold at camp store near park headquarters|
|Address:||21600 Big Basin Way, Boulder Creek, CA 95006|
|Geo Coordinates:||37.175934, -122.210147|
|Nearest City:||Boulder Creek, California|
|Location:||Bay Area – Santa Cruz, California|
|Paved Road Access:||Yes|
|Proximity to Stores:||Approximately 1 mile at park headquarters|
|Directions:||The park is about 65 miles south of San Francisco and can be accessed via CA-9 from Saratoga or CA-35 (Skyline Drive) to CA-236. From Santa Cruz travel approximately 25 miles northwest via CA-9 and CA-236 to reach the Park Headquarters.|
Camping Supply List
|Phone:||650-948-9098||Facebook:||Big Basin Redwoods State Park Facebook Page|
|Web:||California State Parks||Twitter:|
|Reservations:||Reserve a Campsite Now|
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When To Go
Anytime during the season. Holiday weekends at all of the campgrounds in Big Basin can be extra busy with large group camps, and typically Wastahi is one of the more desirable campgrounds.
Winter: Cold, overcast and rainy. Big Basin receives the majority of its average 48 inches of rain. December through March average temperatures range from highs in the 50′s to lows in the 20′s.
Spring: Cool with showers and morning and evening fog. Average daytime highs in the 60′s, lows in the 30′s to 40′s.
Summer: Warm with cool nights. Morning fog in early Summer. Average highs 75 to 95, lows 40′s to 50′s.
Fall: Warm day to cold nights. Occasional early storms with rain. Average highs 75 to 60′s, lows 50′s to 30.
Acquired in 1902, Big Basin Redwoods State Park is the oldest State Park in California and holds the largest continuous stand of ancient coastal redwood trees, which are some of the oldest and largest trees on the planet.
Wastahi Campground Pictures
Image Credits: Justin Wilson