nature trips


wild flowers

no dogs

trail running


Portola Redwoods has a rugged, natural basin forested with Coast Redwoods, Douglas Firs and Live Oaks. There are eighteen miles of trails, a 53 site campground, four group campsites and two beautiful creeks, the Pescadero and Peter's Creek, that run throughout the park. The Sequoia Nature Trail, which leads to the Pescadero Creek, introduces visitors to the natural history of the area. Summer temperatures typically have highs in the 70s to 80s, lows in the 50s. Winter brings highs in the 40s to 50s and lows in the 30s. Visitors should come prepared for any type of weather. The park receives between 40 and 60 inches of rain per year and the summer months can be foggy and cool. Layered clothing is recommended at any time of the year. The park is open from 6am-sunset. Dogs are allowed on paved roads (campground roads, the park entrance road, the service road between the Campfire Center and the Pescadero Bridge and on Upper and Lower Escape Roads). Dogs are not allowed on trails, at any of the creeks, or in the county parks. The Day Use Annual Pass is accepted at this park.

Did this with my son in the backpack half the way and walking the other.
I saw 5 people in total so not a lot of traffic for 3 hours.
The footing is unstable due to all the leaves so bring shoes with grooves.
Shaded all the way and got cold, I put his sweater on.
I deducted one star as they were running some infernal machine near the HQ which ruined half my hike till they shut it down additionally the Iverson cabin is not a cabin but a place where the cabin once was and next to it are some hideous falling apart ranger housing? which is ultra-lame they should fix them and not run machinery on the day of the Lord.

Other than that I'd say, this is an excellent trail for quiet walking especially when it is hot in the bay.
$10 entrance fee, cash using envelope

3 months ago

The Redwood grove at the end make this hike well worth it, it's amazing when you get there. Overall, this hike was pretty easy, there's really only one stretch of climbing and as others have mentioned, the elevation is very gradual throughout. Highly recommended!

4 months ago

Very gentle and very pretty hike. Very well shaded for the summer time by the canopy.

on Sequoia Nature Trail

4 months ago

A really nice hike for me, my daughter and her entire girl scout troop. We also made a little side trip over to tip toe falls! In the warm season bring a bathing suit for a shallow swim at the creek by the seasonal bridge.

on Old Tree Trail

4 months ago

Nice gentle hike up to the oldest tree in the park then back down again. My 8 year old and her girl scout troop all went and took pictures around the tree.

Nice hike. My 18 month old was able to hike along side me for much of this one

5 months ago

Wet prettily hike. My 18 month old was able to hike along side me for much of this hike

5 months ago

Very cool. Came in January after a rain, trees were fogging. Super cool.

Many leaves. Visited tip toe falls. Some shallow water crossing.

6 months ago

I agree with Robert's review, and the Peters Creek Loop is worth it to see the massive, ancient redwood groves. My Garmin said that the mileage was about the same but the elevation was less. The ascents and descents are very gradual on this trail. There is a lot of poison oak on some narrow sections. Other than that the trail is well-maintained with no bushwhacking required.

Five stars for the solitude the trail provides! Meanders through some lush second growth areas. Encountered barely 10 hikers along the 8+ mile hike on a Saturday! The initial ascent maybe hard if you do not warm up before the hike, otherwise it is fairly manageable with relatively flat or gradual ascents.

NOTE: As of 2nd Jun '17, access to Slate Creek trail via the Old Tree trail is closed due to trail damage or something. You can access Slate Creek trail by walking through the campground to Upper Escape Road and taking an alternate trail that shoots off to the right just past the gate with two steps leading to the right. This detour does not add much to the distance or difficulty level according to me. Another alternative is through the summit trail off the park road which I did not take.

The trailhead actually begins at Slate Creek trail, (the Station Ranger never heard of Old Paige trail and it's not listed on their paper maps). The 1st mile section was closed due to fallen trees, of which one remains to be cut away. (Detour thru campground to pickup trail).

The AllTrails App worked perfectly aside from the name.
Cellular service available 50% of the trail. There is a bathroom and picnic table at mile 3.

This is an easy trail with mild elevation, and is mostly shaded. Well marked and not overgrown but use plenty of insect repellent. Be prepared with a $10 cash or check for the daily parking fee.

Love this trail! Beautiful, no crowds. Very easy overall, but a little uphill section coming back from the old growth redwood loop. Look out for poison oak in a couple sections...

Thursday, October 27, 2016

almost flat out and back trail. love this.

Monday, August 15, 2016

Nice redwood forest. A bit of uphill right at start and near the peak (few miles in) but mostly a flat easy hike. There's a backpackers camp a few miles in which is a great spot to stop for lunch on the picnic tables. We decided not to venture all the way over the hill and down into the creek.

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Horrible. Peters creek trail is overgrown now and not maintained. We had to plow through miles of thick weeds.

Friday, November 27, 2015

Went to Portola State Park on Thanksgiving day, and the park was empty as I had hoped. Iverson trail is less of a hike, and more of a walk through the redwood forest. It was a beautiful and FREEZING! I ended up adding 2 layers of clothing for our walk through the woods. We took Iverson trail to Pomponio trail in the hopes of going to the Tarwater Loop Trail, but Tarwater Loop was closed off with caution flags, so we stayed on Pomponio trail.
-Always pay the park fee, it's on the honors system, but the rangers are definitely looking for the tags on parked car dashboards.
-Service animals allowed on trails
-Watch for banana slugs :)
-Bring clothes for layering!

Saturday, July 04, 2015

Most of this trail follows an old rail bed, so except for near the trail head it is very easily graded (and just a few hills at the start otherwise). There is a spur trail that will take you into Portola SP near the HQ. The trail Is good for hiking running and beginner MTB. I have seen wild pigs on the trail.

Sunday, June 08, 2014

Total hike took my wife and I about 5 hours.

Monday, May 05, 2014

I love, love this trail. I like the fact that it is far from the main entrance of the park and makes it somewhat pristine.

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