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These trail camps are in the Waddell Beach area of Big Basin, about two miles from the end of the Skyline-to-the-Sea Trail.
Twin Redwoods is an attractive camp under a leafy grove of trees next to Waddell Creek. The best site is number 4; it overlooks the creek and is separated from the others by a few yards. Just across the Skyline-to-the-Sea Trail is a privately owned picnic area where the owners sometimes have get-togethers.
Alder Trail Camp is not nearly as nice as Twin Redwoods; it’s really four campsites clustered around a cul-de-sac with no privacy, plus two more on an access trail. However, sites 1 – 5 are open to the sky, so if you want to see the stars at night this camp might be for you.
Somewhat confusingly, Twin Redwoods doesn’t actually have a lot of redwoods, while Alder Camp is next to the last notable grove of redwoods on the Skyline-to-the-Sea Trail.
Besides Alder and Twin Redwoods, there’s a horse camp next to the ranger station and overnight parking lot; it’s just a big open patch of dirt surrounded by fences.
No fires are allowed. Each camp has a pit toilet (Alder’s is a nice new one) and most sites, except site 2 at Twin Redwoods, have bear boxes, but there’s no potable water or any other facilities.
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