Coyote Ridge and Summit Trail Loop is a 4.6 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near La Honda, CA that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible from March until October.
Vigorous and diverse six-mile hike takes samples the best of Portola Redwoods State Park west of Silicon Valley. This is the essential loop at Portola Redwoods State Park. In just over six miles it ascends two ridges and stops in on the most impressive old-growth redwood in the park. It starts out near the park headquarters, climbs up Coyote Ridge, descends to Peters Creek, climbs again up the Slate Creek Trail, then descends via the Summit Trail, and takes a side trip to the Old Tree, which is 297 feet tall, 12 feet across and estimated to be over 1,000 years old. The climb up Coyote Ridge is fairly steep; just take your time and enjoy the walk. The hike up Slate Creek Trail is more gradual but it's still a healthy climb. And the Summit Trail descent is a bit of knee grinder. So there's plenty of challenge, all under a shady redwood canopy that makes this great route any time of year. Trails on this hike: Sequoia Nature trail, Iverson Trail, Coyote Ridge Trail, Slate Creek Trail, Summit Trail, and Old Tree Trail. Be sure to take enough water and snacks along to keep your energy level up.
Great hike! Beautiful scenery and shaded the whole way. Even though it was a Saturday morning (started at 10:30am) we only saw other people when we were crossing the road. Highly recommend using EveryTrail if you want to stick to this exact hike because there are some unclear intersections- and while there is plenty of documentation to pick up at the self-registration area, including ideas for future hikes, the hike descriptions are not adequate. Highly recommended hike that I look forward to doing again!