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Quiet as quiet gets. Bit soft, muddy after the rains but nothing slippery. Hard to take in the beauty when you you have to look down so as to avoid squishing a banana slug though:-)

very tranquil trail with few hikers. Not difficult to hike except that the trail sometimes gets very narrow. Great for redwoods lovers.

Old Haul Road was closed for a stretch when we went in late August. We broke away from the suggested loop and explored the other trails in the park. Really quite trail--scarcely traveled, which meant we had to walk through some spider webs. Lots of second growth redwoods as the area looks like it was an old logging site.

Beautiful trail, but we have several times clung there ticks.

5 months ago

Nice trail in and out of redwoods and oaks.

A beautifully green and shaded trail, but the drive to the trailhead was stressful- not sure I'd want to repeat it.

Very secluded on a Friday in August! We saw one person in the parking lot when we arrived, and then no one on the entire trail.

Arrived to see a notice that some trails were closed. Talked to the ranger who gave us a map and suggested an alternate route. Lots of redwoods and fire roads. We got lost unfortunately, first time ever for us. Our own fault though, tried to navigate without using AllTrails gps. Ended up in the neighboring YMCA youth camp. They have set up trails of their own and named them the same as the trails on the map. Got directions back to the main road and hike back to the parking lot. Will be back to conquer this though!

6 months ago

A quiet trail full of redwoods, poison oak and mosquitos. Old Haul Road was closed due to trail damage, so we took a different route following Pomponio trail to Tarwater trail and looping back on the canyon trail for about 10 miles. Only saw 5 equestrians the whole time. Trails are a mix of fire roads and single-track trails.

7 months ago

Pretty good loop trail. There were dry grassy meadows, a neat abandoned cabin, a cool looking bridge,and some awesome Redwood groves. Had a little bit of everything. Not a lot of people on the trail. Bring bug repellant. The meadows areas had narrow trails- watch out for ticks, we saw some.

7 months ago

Perfect 4 hour hike. Beautiful views of rolling hills at beginning of Tarwater trail head. Then the trail moves in into the Redwood Forrest. The trail is well maintained but there is one large tree that just fell over the Pomponio trail 1.25 mi from

7 months ago

Really underrated trail. There was only four cars parked at the trailhead and we saw no more than a half dozen people on the trail even though it was a sunny Saturday. The last mile is slightly different than the Alltrails Map, with more switchbacks closer to Camp Pomponio Rd. The last mile is completely exposed, can be rough on a hot day. Make sure to check yourself for ticks after the hike.

This trail might be the most shaded trail I have ever hiked in the Bay Area. More than 90% is well covered. So it's definitely a perfect choice is you want to hike on a hot summer day!

The parking lot at the trailhead is limited. Though there are few hikers here, I suggest you arrive earlier (before 10 am on weekends).

8 months ago

Not an easy Trailhead to find - really small one lane road (more like a path) to get to the TH. Other than that - really liked the hike. A lot of variety. The redwoods are good but it is a little buggy. Not sure the trails are that well marked once you get to the bottom. Wasnt very busy if you get there early

Dogs OK, but I would not recommend for kids as the way back is nonstop uphill. I went back on the camp ___ Rd. I missed that I had to walk a little further on the camp Rd to pick up the tar water trail for the way back. I finished quicker, but missed half the trail. First half of trail was lovely.

Nice remote trailhead to cut down on crowds. Some of the Trail names have changed and there is an excellent trail signage map system through the county parks in this area. One leg of the featured loop is closed to mud slides so you can do an out and back on Tarwater or other loops that are longer than this hike. Nice mix of meadows and forests. Plenty of wildflowers!

10 months ago

Was planning to do this hike with our dog, but, be warned, the info on this site that dogs on leash are allowed is incorrect. No dogs are allowed in Pescadero Creek County Park.

Thursday, November 03, 2016

Nice trail in the rewoods. Not my favorite redwood hike as there are better places to view these giant trees. I gave it 4 stars as it gives you a nice remote feeling if you go in the winter.

Sunday, September 25, 2016

If you are allergic to poison oaks, do not come here.

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Monday, August 22, 2016

Couldn't believe we didn't see a soul using this beautiful trail after a mile in - on a Sunday afternoon. Remote and peaceful!

Monday, February 01, 2016

Hiked in Jan right after a rain so the trail was muddy about 1/3 of the distance. Only saw 3 other people. Extended it just a bit to see part of Pomponio trail, so about 6 total miles and 3 hours, including stops to take several pics. So about 2.5 hours hiking time. But I'm writing this review to notify everyone that a lot of the trails in the area have been renamed. So part of what used to be the Tarwater trail is now the Shingle Mill trail. But the trailhead has a nice map and they've published a new one dated Nov 2015. The trail junctions have new signs and they are number coded. Kudos to the county for these new signs. Everyone should go to this new system. Takes a lot of doubt out of "where are we?"

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