Mount Ellen
3.3 miles     800 ft
24 Jul 2010

A short, sweet hike through a lush green forest. The route can be made longer by about two miles by starting inside the park, next to campsites.

Location: San Mateo Memorial County Park

Elevation Profile
Trip Planning

Trail Maps

» Redwood Hikes Map for San Mateo County Memorial Park: An excellent quality map by Dave Baselt for free. Thanks Dave!

» Official Trail Map: Pretty good quality map showing all the trails.

» 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.

» Redwoodhikes Trail Map: Great map showing many parks like Purisima Creek, Huddart, Wunderlich, El Corte De Madera, Foothills, Hidden Villa and Rancho San Antonio. Trail maps for individual parks are available online for free. However, the RedwoodHikes map shows the big picture and is helpful for planning hikes that go through multiple parks.


Mount Ellen Trail (0.8 miles) → Pomponio Trail (2.2 miles) → Mount Ellen Trail (0.3 miles).

A RedwoodHikes article describes a similar route in great detail. It starts from Hoffman Creek Trailhead and goes through campsites and paved roads. Another decription by Kevin Gong.


Location: 9500 Pescadero Creek Road, Loma Mar 94021 . Parking area is not visible in Google Maps.


From South Bay: Go west along CA-84 / La Honda Rd. Turn left on Pescadero Road and drive 1.1 miles. Turn right on Pescadero Creek Rd and drive 4.4 miles to reach the park entrance.

From Highway 1: Turn east on Pescadero Creek Rd and drive 9.4 miles to reach the park entrance.

Google Maps:

Parking Fees: Free — I parked outside the park entrance before it was open. (last visited: July 2010)

Capacity: About three cars could be parked outside the park entrance.

Latitude: 37.277212     Longitude: -122.296779

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