Little Butano Creek - Ano Nuevo - Candleabra - Route I
8.5 miles     1700 ft
28 Nov 2010

Awesome hike through varied terrain in Butano, including redwoods, creeks and ridges.

Location: Butano State Park

Elevation Profile
Trip Planning

Trail Maps

» Official Trail Map: Acceptable quality map but does not have mileage information of diferent trail sections.

» Redwood Hikes Map for Butano: An awesome map by Dave Baselt. Thanks, Dave! This map also shows the 1.7 mile long Candleabra Trail, which is missing in the official trail map.

» 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 in brief: From the parking lot behind entrance kiosk, look for Six Bridges Trail (0.7 miles) leading to Olmo Fire Road. Turn left on Olmo Fire Road and quickly reach a paved road. Turn right on the paved road and look for Little Butano Creek Trail on the left. Follow Little Butano Creek Trail (1.4 miles) to reach a bridge where the trail makes a U turn, switching banks. Continue along Little Butano Creek Trail (0.6 miles) → left on Goat Hill Trail (0.5 miles) to reach an intersection with Doe Ridge Trail. Continue along Goat Hill Trail (0.5 miles) → turn right on Olmo Fire Road. Within a short distance, turn left on Candleabra Trail (1.7 miles) to Gazos Creek Road. Retrace your steps along Canleabra Trail (1.7 miles) → left on Olmo Fire Road (0.2 miles) → continue along Ano Nuevo Trail (1.2 miles) to return to entrance kiosk.

Notes: Little Butano Creek Trail is one of the best trails in the park. It meanders next to Little Butano Creek for two miles. Ano Nuevo Trail is particularly steep, losing 800 ft in 0.8 miles as it descends to entrance kiosk. Candleabra steadily loses elevation, about 800 ft in 1.7 miles, as it goes from Olmo Fire Road to Gazos Creek Road.


Location: 1500 Cloverdale Road, Pescadero, CA 94060 . Parking area is not visible in Google Maps.

Google Maps:

Parking Fees: $10 per vehicle (last visited: Nov 2010)

Capacity: About a dozen cars.

Latitude: 37.201783     Longitude: -122.339287

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