hiking

trail running

walking

no dogs

nature trips

forest

birding

kid friendly

Butano State Park, situated in the Santa Cruz Mountains midway between Santa Cruz and Half Moon Bay, is prized for the diversity of its habitats and wildlife, and for the depth of its solitude. Many visitors to Butano- thought to be named after a drinking cup made from a bull’s horn- find it the perfect place to shed everyday stresses. Nature’s vital processes can be seen everywhere. The unusual bend of a redwood tree tells the story of a long-ago earthquake. Elsewhere, the root of an alder tree begins eight feet up its trunk before reaching the ground, revealing the history of flooding in this area. The Candelabra redwood tree, with five huge branches jutting upright parallel to the trunk, is an odd natural phenomenon on a parcel recently added to the park. Those who take the time to stroll along a park trail or set up a tent will discover the beauty and solace of one of California’s least-known parks. The park is on the San Mateo Coast, off Highway One. Three miles northeast of the Gazos Creek Coastal Access Point by way of Gazos Creek Road, and about 4.5 miles southeast of Pescadero by way of the Pescadero and Cloverdale Roads. The Day Use Annual Pass is accepted at this park.

hiking
6 days ago

camping
8 days ago

Very beautiful but pay close attention to the map, you may find yourself walking a little extra that can easily surpass an "easy" level

Really serene and smells wonderful. saw a small group of deer and it was super quiet! Loads of salamanders and banana slugs!! I kinda wish I had brought a friend because I saw after hiking that there are mountain lions here..and it seemed the sort of territory one may encounter one

My girlfriend and I are avid hikers and came to butano just yesterday. We started up año nuevo, to gazos trail, and came back down on olmos rd. While incredibly beautiful, taking the trail this direction was absolutely NOT "easy" and we wanted to let people know who might be bringing children or anyone unfit for such a hike. Intense and immediate altitude gains from the beginning and a constant increase in elevation, even through most of gazos. Most definitely a fantastic and beautiful hike, but definitely don't the difficulty for granted when going in this direction.

hiking
1 month ago

Pretty trees, mostly shaded, not too steep, lots of poison oak.

Great easy hike for the family with plenty of cover from the sun. Clean well kept trail. Kids saw tons of banana slugs!

hiking
1 month ago

Easy hike for the family with plenty of cover free m the summer sun. kids found over 60 banana slugs. Also a very well maintained trail.

hiking
1 month ago

Loved this hike. Was able to do this hike with my 18 month old son. Beautiful. Very much plan to do this hike again

hiking
1 month ago

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hiking
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