#OptOutside was the battle cry of many adventurers this Black Friday, as the California State Park system made most parks free if you pre-registered. Never one to pass up a good deal, Lynn and I picked a few places, registered, and decided to go to Big Basin State Park!
I would come camping here every summer with my Boy Scout troop when I was young, but I hadn't returned in a long time. We arrived for our day hike and quickly made our way to headquarters to inquire about a trail (and because it was forty degrees out).
The ranger at the station showed us where the waterfalls were, because that really is the main reason Lynn hikes. But she told us that it wouldn't be very secluded, because of the free day. We got to chatting and she told us that Buzzard's roost would be the hike for us. It was high elevation, short distance, but the views were incredible. Best part, there wouldn't be many people.
5.5 mile round trip, 1,200ft elevation gain, this hike is no joke. Thankfully the elevation is very gradual and forgiving, save the two or three steep climbs.
If you manage to make the full climb, the views up on the roost are stunning. We were alone at the peak for just about 5 minutes. Then the rest of the crowds came. If you take a slight detour on a side path right before the summit, you are brought to a second, more secluded rock formation. As I scaled the peak with strange tress protruding out of it, Lynn spotted this beauty. A bird a top it's roost. A perfect way to end our hike.
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