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#50 of 90 state parks in California

Best trails in Portola Redwoods State Park

380 Reviews
Looking for a great trail in Portola Redwoods State Park, California? AllTrails has 11 great hiking trails, trail running trails, wild flowers 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. Just looking to take a quick stroll? We've got 5 easy trails in Portola Redwoods State Park ranging from 0.9 to 1.6 miles and from 367 to 757 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
Description

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. 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.

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Map of trails in Portola Redwoods State Park
Park information
Acreage:
2,800 acres
Park hours
Monday
6:00 am - dusk
Tuesday
6:00 am - dusk
Wednesday
6:00 am - dusk
Thursday
6:00 am - dusk
Friday
6:00 am - dusk
Saturday
6:00 am - dusk
Sunday
6:00 am - dusk
Contact
650-948-9098
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Top trails (11)
#1 - Old Tree, Slate Creek, Bear Creek, and Peters Creek Trails
Portola Redwoods State Park
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Length: 11 mi • Est. 5 h 58 m
All-day hike to grove of ancient redwoods in Portola Redwoods State Park is a must if you can do the distance. The first six miles are nice enough -- lots of ups and downs in second-growth redwoods -Show more
#2 - Slate Creek Trail
Portola Redwoods State Park
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Length: 8.1 mi • Est. 4 h 23 m
Beautiful redwood hike to Slate Creek Trail Camp at Portola Redwoods State Park in the Santa Cruz Mountains. This is an excellent moderate hike through the second-growth redwood forest at Portola RedShow more
#3 - Iverson Trail To Tiptoe Falls
Portola Redwoods State Park
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Length: 1.6 mi • Est. 51 m
Iverson Trail To Tiptoe Falls is a 1.6 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near La Honda, California that features a waterfall and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarilShow more
#4 - Sequoia Nature Trail
Portola Redwoods State Park
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Length: 1.5 mi • Est. 47 m
A short, yet beautiful interpretive nature trail. The trail follows Pescadero Creek and is under the shade of towering Redwoods. From the rear of the Visitor Center and Park Office, take the Sequoia Show more
#5 - Coyote Ridge and Summit Trail Loop
Portola Redwoods State Park
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Length: 4.6 mi • Est. 2 h 44 m
Note: The bridge on Coyote Ridge Trail between Portola State Park Road and Escape Road is damaged and unsafe to cross. It is not possible to hike from the campground to Coyote Ridge Trail. You will haShow more
#6 - Iverson and Sequoia Nature Loop Trail
Portola Redwoods State Park
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Length: 1.1 mi • Est. 33 m
Please note: off line map is recommended to get oriented as several users have reported that there may be poor cell reception in this area. Also as of July 2020 parts of Iverson Trail may be closed mShow more
#7 - Old Tree Trail
Portola Redwoods State Park
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Length: 0.9 mi • Est. 35 m
This short trail heads west towards the Slate Creek Trail . Enjoy the pleasant serenity under the shade of the redwoods. The trail begins off of the service rd.Show more
#8 - Slate Creek Loop
Portola Redwoods State Park
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Length: 5.4 mi • Est. 2 h 10 m
A short loop to a primitive campsite for an easier overnight backpacking trip. The trail begins and ends at the Portola Visitors Center. Water can be obtained by filtering at either Slate Creek or PShow more
#9 - Portola Redwoods Summit Trail
Portola Redwoods State Park
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Length: 2.3 mi • Est. 1 h 20 m
The Summit Trail winds up to a small peak and then connect to the Slate Trail From the Service Rd, take the Summit TrailShow more
#10 - Long Ridge to Peters Creek
Portola Redwoods State Park
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Length: 18.3 mi • Est. 10 h 7 m
Long Ridge to Peters Creek is a 18.3 mile out and back trail located near Los Altos, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking aShow more
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