Nice trail but somewhat overgrown. I usually enjoy overgrown trails but this one was loaded with ticks. I probably got like 50 on my pants and had to constantly check and remove them. I would not hike this again because the ticks. Maybe it would be better in the winter.

Pleasant hike, nice mix of greens and redwoods. Tar pit was pretty cool.

Beautiful hike. Please note: - wear pants for this hike the trail overgrown - download map before you lose reception. we got off trails a few times which added 2 more miles to our hike - ran into hundreds of spiderwebs and hanging larvae

16 days ago

Beautiful trail. Easy to navigate.

I only got 3.5 miles in but it was amazing. I’ll come back and try more soon!

Great trail! It turned into 12mi hike but we did make some detours to have a picnic at the tables just south of entrance. The hike was a small incline or flat up until the halfway point then decline after ,so definitely easier than moderate. Very shaded throughout by the tall redwood trees. Open during COVID. Bathrooms were closed, so we had to use nature bathrooms ;) I had to use the all trails map throughout as there was a lot of diverging trails that could confuse you. There was 2 small creeks we had to cross. I decided to take my shoes & socks off to cross . The 2nd one creek,there were logs and rocks but you had to make this little jump ,which got my leg wet since I lost balance . Overall great trail,barely any people!

horseback riding
over grown
24 days ago

Very pretty redwoods grove! I love seeing the new redwoods growing. Mostly shaded.

Did this loop today in the counter clockwise direction without the extra dead end spur on the Butano Ridge Trail, so 13.7 miles total. 100% shade so and nice soft trail to walk on. Lots of sticks to step over on Butano Ridge Trail. The Old Haul and Butano Ridge Trails are fire roads. The rest are single track. Take a lunch.

Very nice shades of green and muddy trails with some rain. Didn’t see any humans while hiking so that was a bonus !

3 months ago

Thick redwood forests on slopes and along Pescadero creek. Remote hike. Big climb to ridge.

Good hike. Several trees down from the recent winds.

3 months ago

Went clockwise on this trail. That ascent will get your heart pumping! Everything was so green even without any rain for a month. Lots of dappled light through the trees. There were LOTS of branches down from the recent winds. Plenty of ways to trip . Came across two downed trees on the trail that were a bit difficult to get around. I was hoping to get some good views, this being a ridge trail, but no. Still overall a nice hike.

Started at the parking lot entrance and went until I got to the road and took it back up to the lot since it was getting dark. Good hike and will be back to explore the parts I didn’t cover.

5 months ago

Hiked this after some good rain this week and it was quite muddy in a few places. Saw two other cars in the parking lot and a group of three guys there when we got back (that's it). The best part was the giant redwood on Shingle Mill Trail; its comparable to the nearby Methuselah Tree on Skyline Blvd. The old cabin/garage/shack was cool as well. I hoped to see more old remnants of the past but didn't really see much (we walked quite fast). We also didn't get to see the eponymous oil slick in Tarwater Creek as the creek was at the bottom of a pretty steep and overgrown ravine. It was all quite wet from the rain and we saw no trails down to the creek. If you want to see the creek, try continuing on Canyon Trail until it hits the creek to see if you can go down there (I think another user says to do this below; I only noticed this advice after I hiked it of course). Its a cool and easy hike which can be completed in under two hours if you are in shape and determined. If you want to extend it, consider crossing the bridge on Camp Pompino Road. There is an old abandoned jail a half mile down. I haven't checked this out but it might be cool. You could loop back to the bridge on Pompino Trail. Also note the road to the parking lot was one lane on a ridge and pretty beat up with lots of pot holes. My Ford Focus was fine but just be aware of what to expect. Finally, Shingle Mill Trail was closed on the Pompino Trail end, but not closed by the parking lot (though at the lot it does say closed to bikes). Not sure why this would be as the trail was fine except for some mud. There were no large puddles and it was by no means impassable.

6 months ago

Cool trail with a nice redwood grove

Narrow trails and suits solo, very nice.

no shade
over grown
10 months ago

Few things. Overgrown in most places Bugs Bugs Last leg has no shade Hardly 1 or 2 hikers on the trail. Less popular Nothing stands out for this trail. Very average

West Brook trail is still officially closed, but it's passable. There's a trail gate off the fire road that's closed, but you can go around it. Also the bridge across the creek is being repaired, but you can still walk across it. The rest of the loop is in good shape, and was a very enjoyable walk.

10 months ago

This is an easy yet excellent 5 mile hike. The trails are well marked so navigating is a breeze. Most of the trail wanders through beautiful second growth redwoods and the random boiler is cool.

Three stars because there is significant trail work going on Pomponio trail. Otherwise 5/7th of this hike is 4+ stars. Counterclock-wise is a great call!

11 months ago

so many old growth redwoods!

Mon Nov 26 2018

Easy light hike. Great redwoods and banana slugs!

A non-stranous leisurely 3-4 hour hike that makes you appreciate the silence of the woods. Given the ample parking and how lightly trafficked it was, it doesn't seem to be that popular. The route is extremely well labeled so I would suggest grabbing a map and you can easily adapt the route along the way depending on timing or how you feel. The views are not particularly scenic, but there are a long of interesting things to see along the way. Abandoned wearhouses, a county jail, a stream filled with tar, huge trees, etc... Its a great hike if you just want a nice and quite page to walk and talk, which is definitely worth doing once, but I likely won't do it a second time. The only downsides were the windy road to the tail head which can be hard to manage for those who get motion sickness, and the spider webs that you occasionally run into along the way.

on Butano Ridge Loop Trail

Mon Oct 22 2018

I went with a meet up group first time. Leader was super knowledgeable of the off trails which ultimately let back to the loop. beautiful trees, loads of ferns, just awesomest trail for the day. loved it.

Great hike, lots to see and really interesting topography. Way too much horse poop on the trail, though. About every couple hundred yards we had to dodge a fresh pile. I'll probably avoid horse-friendly trails in the future. I agree with another review that suggests taking the route counter-clockwise to avoid doing the long final climb without shade.

Just awesome. Lots of spider webs, plants very close to the trail because of the TRAIL CLOSED sign on the Pomponio trail (which we ignored - nothing wrong there) so I guess people avoided it. It was a little bit more than 8.8 miles, about 10 by the end but worth it.

Take this 8 mile loop counterclockwise to avoid steepest climb and totally exposed grassland at the 8 mile mark. Otherwise, very shady and beautiful redwood hike. Wear long pants because the trail is not very well-maintained and there was a lot of grass brushing against legs. Lots of spiderwebs, banana slugs, centipedes, lizards and a very neat looking broken down old shack. Great way to spend the morning!

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