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Best trails in Butano State Park

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Looking for a great trail in Butano State Park, California? AllTrails has 15 great hiking trails, running trails, forest trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Ready for some activity? There are 8 moderate trails in Butano State Park ranging from 3.7 to 14.3 miles and from 219 to 1,975 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
Description
Miles of trails, beautiful redwood forests, babbling creeks, and solitude... If this sounds like heaven, then Butano State Park is a must-see for you. This beautiful park is situated in the Santa Cruz Mountains half way between Santa Cruz and Half Moon Bay. The Day Use Annual Pass is accepted at this park.
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Map of trails in Butano State Park
Park information
Acreage
2000 acres
Park hours
Monday
dawn - dusk
Tuesday
dawn - dusk
Wednesday
dawn - dusk
Thursday
dawn - dusk
Friday
dawn - dusk
Saturday
dawn - dusk
Sunday
dawn - dusk
Contact
650-879-2040
Top trails (15)
#1 - Canyon, Goat Hill Trail Loop [CLOSED]
Butano State Park
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Length: 10.2 mi • Est. 5 h 25 m
Connect the Six Bridges Trail to the Little Butano Creek Trail, then follow Goat Hill Trail to Ano Nuevo Trail. $10 day fee for parking.Show more
#2 - Six Bridges Trail to Canyon Trail Loop [CLOSED]
Butano State Park
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Length: 9.8 mi • Est. 5 h 3 m
To prevent the spread of COVID-19 there is currently no vehicle access to this trail or others in the park. See here for more info: https://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=30355Show more
#3 - Butano Fire Trail, Canyon, Jackson Flats, Doe Ridge and Little Butano Creek Trail Loop [CLOSED]
Butano State Park
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Length: 16.6 mi • Est. 8 h 47 m
To prevent the spread of COVID-19 there is currently no vehicle access to this trail or others in the park. See here for more info: https://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=30355Show more
#4 - Año Nuevo-Goat Hill Trail Loop [CLOSED]
Butano State Park
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Length: 3.7 mi • Est. 2 h 8 m
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 entShow more
#5 - Gazos Trail [CLOSED]
Butano State Park
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Length: 4.1 mi • Est. 2 h 25 m
Gazo's Trail is located in Butano State Park in Pescadero, CA. This is a short hike in the Santa Cruz mountains and offers great opportunity to explore nature. It is possible to make this trail a looShow more
#6 - Jackson Flats Trail [CLOSED]
Butano State Park
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Length: 14.3 mi • Est. 7 h 46 m
Butano State Park has an impressive range of ecosystems -- coast redwood, coastal scrub, evergreen forest -- and this 14-mile hike goes through all of them. It starts out in the valley at the park'sShow more
#7 - Little Butano Creek Loop Trail [CLOSED]
Butano State Park
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Length: 12.7 mi • Est. 6 h 49 m
Parking: $10Show more
#8 - Butano Creek Trail [CLOSED]
Butano State Park
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Length: 2.1 mi • Est. 1 h 5 m
Little Butano Creek trail takes you alongside Little Butano Creek. Expect to see newts and banana slugs on this trail. Explore the beauty of what Butano State Park has to offer with this easy loop traShow more
#9 - Año Nuevo-Goat Hill-Butano Creek [CLOSED]
Butano State Park
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Length: 4.6 mi • Est. 2 h 32 m
This loop combines parts of three trails. The first segment (Año Nuevo Trail) goes straight up, not strenuously, and includes thickets, dense shrubs and overgrowth at times. Watch out for ticks afterwShow more
#10 - Six Bridges Trail to Ben Ries Campground [CLOSED]
Butano State Park
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Length: 1.9 mi • Est. 1 h 1 m
Six Bridges trail follow Little Butano Creek for a great short walk from the visitor center to the Ben Ries Campground. A great walk for the entire family.Show more
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