Butano Ridge Loop
12.8 miles     2100 ft
4 Sep 2010
Summary

A long shaded route amid redwoods in Pescadero Creek County Park.

Location: Portola Redwoods State ParkPescadero Creek County Park

Elevation Profile
Trip Planning

Trail Maps

» Official Trail Map for Pescadero Creek County Park: Pretty good quality map showing all the trails.

» Official State Parks Map: A map showing all the trails but hard to read.

» Redwood Hikes Map: Annotated trail map of Portola Redwoods State Park and Pescadero Creek County Park, Second edition, 2008. This is an excellent map sold by Dave Baselt ($6.95 in Dec 2011). This map is useful for exploring a bunch of parks: Portola Redwoods, Pescadero Creek, Sam Macdonald.

» Redwood Hikes Map: Bay Area Trail Map: Saratoga to Big Basin, First edition, 2010. This is an excellent map sold by Dave Baselt ($6.95 in Dec 2011). This map is useful for exploring many parks in this area. Highly recommended for avid hikers.

Route

Route in brief: From Park HQ, study the trail map to identify roads and trails (including Iverson Trail) that lead to Old Haul Road (0.6 miles). Then turn right on Old Haul Road (0.8 miles) → left on Butano Ridge Loop Trail (2.2 miles + 2.5 miles + 2.1 miles) → right on Old Haul Road (3.3 miles) → retrace your steps back to Park HQ (0.6 miles).

Notes: An alternate route that is slightly different: During the early part of the hike, Instead of following Old Haul Road → Butano Ridge Trail, follow Old Haul Road → Portola Trail → Butano Ridge Trail.

Photos

Full photo album — 4 September 2010

Photos are from a different hike with similar landscape: Heritage Grove - Forest Loop.
Trailhead

Location: (Park HQ) along Portola State Park Rd, La Honda, CA 94020 . No street address. Parking area is visible in Google Maps if you zoom in sufficiently.

Directions: From I-280, take Page Mill Road 8.6 miles to Highway 35, cross the road and continue on Alpine Road for 3.8 miles. Turn left on Portola State Park Rd (there is a clear sign at the intersection of Alpine Rd and Portola State Park Rd). Drive for 3.5 miles to reach park headquarters.

Google Maps:

Parking Fees: $10 per car (last visited: Feb 2010)

Capacity: Several cars

Latitude: 37.252505     Longitude: -122.218378

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