Big Basin Redwoods State Park
Date: (Sun.) Aug. 14, 2005
Location: Boulder Creek, CA
Event Director: - 831.439.9822
Course Setters: Nick Corsano, Anneliese Steuben
Type: B; Standard 7 courses, plus Adventure Race (Long Orange) course
Sheltered by glorious redwood trees from the blazing August sun and/or inclement raindrops in the waning summer, Big Basin is an incredible place to be (and to orienteer!) — rain or shine! The first park to be dedicated in the state system, Big Basin celebrated its 100-year anniversary (as a state park) in 2002. Sold to the government by Henry L. Middleton, the park was only 3,800 acres in its infancy. Now spanning 20,000 acres, its borders range from the ocean at Waddell Creek State Beach to Castle Rock State Park, and connects via hiking trails to Skyline Drive.
On Sunday, August 14, course-setter Nick Corsano will delight intermediate and advanced orienteers with his selection of the lesser-used park area in the eastern end of Big Basin. For beginners, course-setter Anneliese Steuben will offer White and Yellow courses near the registration area, where participants can enjoy the scenery of a creek and old stands of redwoods. No one will be disappointed with the park's offerings.
Here are the mostly final course statistics:
Course Controls Length Climb Tech. Diff. Physical Difficulty
White 10 2.0 km 25 m Beginner Easy Yellow 11 2.7 km 85 m Adv. Beginner Moderate Orange 10 3.1 km 220 m Intermediate Moderate AR Orange 13 4.0 km 280 m Intermediate Moderate Brown 9 2.8 km 220 m Advanced Moderate Green 13 3.8 km 290 m Advanced Moderately Strenuous Red 18 4.7 km 380 m Advanced Strenuous Blue 23 6.7 km 510 m Advanced Very Strenuous
NOTE FOR THE INTERMEDIATE AND ADVANCED COURSES: There will be a minor shuttle ride to the base of a 10-20 minute walk up to the Start. The drive is only about two miles, and not on windy roads! (The walk to the Start will be a good warm up, and the good news, of course, is that the Finish is then downhill!) If you don't want a cool-down walk back to the registration area after you've completed your course, there will also be shuttles to return you to the main parking lot.
- Registration opens at 9:00 am and runs until noon. Standard fees (http://baoc.org/faq/cost.php) will apply.
- Short beginner clinics will be available from 9:30 to 10:30 am.
- Starts are available from 10:00 am to 12:30 pm.
- Courses close at 2:00 pm (all participants must be back & checked in by then).
- E-punching will be used on the intermediate and advanced courses.
- Rental compasses and e-punch sticks will be available.
- Poison oak is out there, but not in abundance.
See the Frequently Asked Questions (http://baoc.org/wiki/FAQ) pages on the BAOC website; contact the event director (see above), or Big Basin Redwoods State Park at (831) 338-8880; or visit the California State Parks website (http://www.parks.ca.gov/default.asp?page_id=540).
We're looking forward to seeing you out there!
Take I-880 or I-280 to Highway 17, and go south over the Santa Cruz Mountains. Exit at Mt. Hermon Road in Scotts Valley, and go right (NW) 3 miles to Highway 9. Turn right, proceed about 6 miles to the town of Boulder Creek. Turn left on Highway 236, and go 9 miles to the park headquarters.
There is no shortage of alternative routes. Some favorites are listed on our website (http://baoc.org/maps/directions.php#BigBasin).