Canyon, Goat Hill Trail Loop

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Canyon, Goat Hill Trail Loop is a 9.5 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Pescadero, CA that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

9.5 miles 2448 feet Loop

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Butano Trail is a 5.5 mile loop trail through gorgeous forest and and explores Little Butano creek. located near Pescadero, California that features beautiful wild flowers, several redwoods, and is rated as moderate. Connect the Six Briges Trail to the Little Butano Creek Trail, then follow Goat Hill Trail to Ano Nuevo Trail.

1 month ago

Dogs are only allowed on paved roads and the fire roads.So we followed the Olmo Fire road for an out and back trail. We went in November, just after the first fall rains. The trail can be quite challenging due to rapid elevation gains in places. You have to ascend rapidly to get to the rim of the park. The start of the trail is obviously an old road (some paving is here and there) but when you cross the Goat Hill trail the first time, the track narrows and keeps narrowing, becoming overgrown, but still well-marked.

4 months ago

Beautiful. Not very crowded and a good amount of park to explore. We went on the Little Butano Creek Trail

5 months ago

Nice little park tucked away off the 1 and you'd hardly know it's there. We did Ox Mill to Jackson Flats to Butano Fire Rd to Indian and Goat Hill and Olmo Fire Rd then added four miles by taking the out-and-back Candelabra Trail to Gazos Rd. Returned to descend the steep Año Nuevo Trail for a 14.3-mile loop in about 5 hours including a lunch break. Saw only a couple other folks although it was a Monday. Generally forest canopy with short pockets of sun though most of the fire roads are fully exposed. Overall, many of these trails are moderately flat but there are tougher long climbs as well. Fun park if you're looking to beat weekend crowds at Big Basin SP.

1 year ago

And if you pass by Goat Hill Trail, take it, quite a lovely scene, so peaceful and flat. Great way to end the loop.

1 year ago

Quite a lovely trail, and very narrow (which I personally love). Nice flora, and there are stretches of Madrone trees that spiral copper and silver. Absolutely awesome trees to see, and worth taking the trail just to see these. Almost completely covered in forest canopy, with the exception of the fire roads along the top ridge of the mountain. It happened to rain for a bit along our hike (I know, the one day in the last 8 months it rains and we're stuck all the way at the top of the friggin mountain lol). Otherwise, very nice trail, with some decent uphills.

3 years ago

Started off on Ano Nuevo Trail. Brutal up hill climb if ur not in the best of shape. However upon completion of this 1.3 mile adventure, everything else was a breeze. My partner and I did get a tad lost (wrong turn) so were unable to explore the many trails that are connected with one another. But we look forward to returning back again real soon!

5 years ago

The Trails in Butano SP are some of the best Iv found in the central coast area. One of my favorite there would have to be Butano Creek trail, witch follows Little Butano Creek. the trail its self is only 1.5 miles but there are dozen other trails in the area you can take to make your trip longer.. Note Goat hill trail & Jackson Flats are also worth checking out