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#79 of 90 state parks in California

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, trail 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 7 moderate trails in Butano State Park ranging from 3.7 to 9.8 miles and from 219 to 1,978 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:
2,000 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
Helpful links
Top trails (15)
#1 - Ano Nuevo, Olmo Fire Road, Canyon, and Jackson Flats Trail Loop [CLOSED]
Butano State Park
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Length: 8.5 mi • Est. 4 h 25 m
As of August 2020, this park is currently closed due to wildfire until further notice. See here for more info: https://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=30009 $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
As of August 2020, this park is currently closed due to wildfire until further notice. See here for more info: https://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=30009Show 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
As of August 2020, this park is currently closed due to wildfire until further notice. See here for more info: https://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=30009Show more
#4 - Butano Creek Trail [CLOSED]
Butano State Park
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Length: 2.2 mi • Est. 54 m
As of August 2020, this park is currently closed due to wildfire until further notice. See here for more info: https://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=30009 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 trail.Show more
#5 - Año Nuevo and Goat Hill Trail Loop [CLOSED]
Butano State Park
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Length: 3.7 mi • Est. 1 h 30 m
As of August 2020, this park is currently closed due to wildfire until further notice. See here for more info: https://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=30009 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 entrance or from the campground. Highlight of the loop is the Año Nuevo Trail, which make a rugged ascent from the park entrance to the Olmo Fire Road. On clear days you can see the Pacific coastline, but often you'll be hiking in coastal fog. IF you time your hike to coincide with the fog's burning off, you'll have splendid views of the ocean and the redwood forests rising from the coast. The loop then descends under a thick redwood canopy until it reaches the campground, where it's a level walk back to the parking lot. Butano is a great place to hike all year, especially during spring wildflower season.Show more
#6 - Año Nuevo, Goat Hill, and Butano Creek Trail Loop [CLOSED]
Butano State Park
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Length: 4.7 mi • Est. 1 h 53 m
As of August 2020, this park is currently closed due to wildfire until further notice. See here for more info: https://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=30009 Hikers definitely suggest doing this trail clockwise. 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 afterwards! A fire road connector leads to Goat Hill Trail, which goes back down the hill with much more pleasant ground flora (including wildflowers if the season is right). This soon turns into the Redwood forest typical for Butano and another fire road runs around into Little Butano Creek Trail and Six Bridges Trail. This last part is especially notable for many creek crossings and fords, allowing for wading and other water fun.Show more
#7 - Gazos Trail [CLOSED]
Butano State Park
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Length: 4.2 mi • Est. 1 h 41 m
As of August 2020, this park is currently closed due to wildfire until further notice. See here for more info: https://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=30009 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 loop by taking the Olmo Fire Road back to parking area.Show more
#8 - Butano Creek Trail Loop via Six Bridges Trail [CLOSED]
Butano State Park
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Length: 4.2 mi • Est. 2 h 12 m
As of August 2020, this park is currently closed due to wildfire until further notice. See here for more info: https://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=30009Show more
#9 - Little Butano Creek Loop Trail [CLOSED]
Butano State Park
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Length: 12.7 mi • Est. 6 h 49 m
As of August 2020, this park is currently closed due to wildfire until further notice. See here for more info: https://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=30009 Parking: $10Show more
#10 - South Butano Trail and Jackson Flats Trail Loop [CLOSED]
Butano State Park
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Length: 4.8 mi • Est. 2 h 37 m
As of August 2020, this park is currently closed due to wildfire until further notice. See here for more info: https://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=30009Show more
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