Photography provided by Jeff Bleam

Established 1969

The Big Basin Volunteer Trail Crew (BBVTC) began with the Santa Cruz Mountains Trail Association (SCMT), founded in 1969 under the guidance of Scout Leader Bob Kirsch, Sempervirens member Tony Look, and the California State Parks.  We started out with the building of the Skyline-to-the-Sea Trail during that year's inaugural Trail Days in the Santa Cruz Mountains. In the 1970’s Bob Kirsch start to lead the activities of the SCMT’s Big Basin Work Crews, which later became known as the Big Basin Volunteer Trail Crew. Bob retired from the BBVTC in 2004 at the ripe old age of 80, and the trail crew work continues under the shared leadership of Jeff Bleam, Mike Peasland, Norm Beeson, and Peter Gelblum.



The Big Basin Volunteer Trail Crew makes it possible for others to safely enjoy the beauty of Big Basin State Park.  The BBVTC always needs volunteers dedicated in preserving this environment for present and future generations. Join the BBVTC for a unique perspective of Big Basin, a lively and productive experience with others who share a love of these redwood forests, and the satisfaction of participating in a vital part of the park's ability to educate and inspire the public!

 Berry Creek Falls

Berry Creek Falls

 Mother of the Forest

Mother of the Forest

 North Escape Road Cleared

North Escape Road Cleared




Nothing compares to the feeling of tranquility when looking up through a circle of brown and green that opens onto the brilliant blue sky under the Big Basin Redwoods.
 Under the Redwoods

Under the Redwoods