Pygmy Forest Trail

MODERATE 7 reviews
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Pygmy Forest Trail is a 4.7 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Jenner, CA that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, trail running, and nature trips and is accessible year-round.

4.7 miles 885 feet Loop

kid friendly


nature trips

trail running






This walk highlights the self-guided interpretive efforts of Salt Point State Park, with trailside informational signage focusing on local vegetation identification. Access trail at the Woodside Campgrounds entrance on HWY 1. Expect a consistent uphill grade until you reach the Pygmy Forest area. The grade will be variable with plenty of level areas through to the southern end of the Prairie Meadows. After that, it's mostly downhill back down to HWY 1 and the coastal step.

3 months ago

Wonderful, easy hike with the bulk of the incline at the start. We did a loop that started at Woodside campground and included parts of the central trail, huckleberry trail, north trail, prairie trail, south trail and then powerline trail. Trails seemed well marked. However know this area described as "near Jenner" is about 18 miles north, with intense coastal driving. I'd come back in a heartbeat because the immediate area both inland and along the coast has enough trails and possible loops for days.

5 months ago

Overall good hike. Coastal trail is pretty windy. Coastal and forest trails aren't marked very well and there are a lot of side trails not shown on the map. Discovered a map at one of the campgrounds that had a more detailed way to get to the Pygmy Forest (listed the plant/tree placards placed along the trail) but only after finishing the trail.

1 year ago

Very nice trail, easy hike with wonderful forest smells leading to golden meadow. Never found trail marker for Huckleberry trail so had to back track. I highly recommend going across the highway for the beach walks. Spectacular!!

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1 year ago

Nice trail except the plantation part was confusing and we had to backtrack quite a ways.

1 year ago

We did the trail up on the hill overlooking the beach and ocean. Very pleasant walk with peaceful and beautiful surroundings. Interesting rocks and tidal pools to see. Saw lots of seals, sea urchins, Dr. Suess looking plants. Highly recommended!

3 years ago

Did this hike with my husband and 4 year old. Loved it! Its a lot of uphill, so we used the baby carrier the whole time. I loved the self-guided tour of local flora, and the stunted trees were very cool to see. Also, there was hardly anyone else on the trail. Awesome hike!

4 years ago

one of my favorites. we hiked along the beach and it was gorgeous. not too many people and it seemed untouched. watch out for ticks!