Little Butano Creek - Route II
4.6 miles     700 ft
28 Nov 2010

Awesome hike along Little Butano Creek Trail that meanders next to Little Butano Creek for about two miles.

Location: Butano State Park

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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, follow Jackson Flats Trail (0.8 miles) → right on Mill Ox Trail (0.3 miles) to reach a paved road. Turn left and within a short distance, turn left on Little Butano Creek Trail (1.4 miles). Cross a bridge and continue along Little Butano Creek Trail (0.6 miles) → turn left on Goat Hill Trail (0.1 miles) → right onto an unknown trail leading to Ben Ries Campsite (0.4 miles). Cross the campsite and look for Six Bridges Trail (0.4 miles) until it reaches an intersection with Olmo Fire Road. Continue along Six Bridges Trail (0.6 miles) to return to entrance kiosk.

Notes: In Dec 2012, the western section of Jackson Flats Trail presented many obstacles. A storm had felled many trees. All other trails were in excellent condition. Jackson Flats Trail goes through a forest, completely shaded. Little Butano Creek Trail is one of the best trails in the park, meandering next to Butano Creek.


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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