Año Nuevo-Goat Hill Trail Loop

MODERATE 1 reviews
#6 of 8 trails in

Año Nuevo-Goat Hill Trail Loop is a 3.7 mile loop trail located near Pescadero, CA that features beautiful wild flowers. The trail is rated as moderate and primarily used for hiking, walking, and trail running. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

3.7 miles 1076 feet Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly


trail running



wild flowers


Pretty hike starts with a steep climb and descends into lush redwoods at state park north of Santa Cruz This is one of the best moderate hikes at Butano State Park. It can start out from the park entrance or from the campground. Highlight of the loop is the Año Nuevo Trail, which make a rugged ascent from the park entrance to the Olmo Fire Road. On clear days you can see the Pacific coastline, but often you'll be hiking in coastal fog. IF you time your hike to coincide with the fog's burning off, you'll have splendid views of the ocean and the redwood forests rising from the coast. The loop then descends under a thick redwood canopy until it reaches the campground, where it's a level walk back to the parking lot. Butano is a great place to hike all year, especially during spring wildflower season.

26 days ago

Great fun. Nice little climb.