Ended up being about 12.5 miles. Really beautiful, not too strenuous.

A few downed trees to climb over, and a few stream crossings near the park HQ, but the solitude was amazing! 90% of the hike is pretty chill - the climb to the summit is pretty steep.

Turtles Backpacking Leap Day 2020! Easy overnight to Slate Creek Camp. Optional day hikes. Just 3 miles to camp but we added 4 and 7 mile day hikes. The 7 mile hike to the Old Growth Redwood grove is SO worth it! Stayed at camp, water flowing in the creek downhill from camp. Bring a bucket to transport water back to camp. Excellent trails and perfect backpacking weather.

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bridge out
3 months ago

Beautiful trees to walk through, and one of the quietest nights I’ve ever experienced. No views doe

Trail was in great shape and worth a trip out there. Peter's Creek is beautiful. Only saw 5 people on 12 miles of trail.

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muddy
5 months ago

Very quiet and didn’t run into any other hikers on a Sunday.

Beautiful trail. There is not much up and downs so it just feels like a beautiful walk among redwoods. 3 miles in there is also a campground and a pit toilet. After you pass the campground you see bigger redwoods. The trail was not crowded at all. Peaceful for sure.

Moderately difficult trail. A fair number of downed trees and rough sections but overall a great hike. Not much for views, but a variety of trees and plants. Even some fall colors along the creek.

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bridge out
7 months ago

Super short and cute hike. It was short enough for my wife to handle despite having some pretty bad pain issues. The bridge was out when we went so be aware that the creek can be hard to cross if you don’t want your feet getting wet. Overall, it’s a nice, short walk in the woods.

Loved this once again. I added the summit trail at the end to make it a mini-loop to finish out. I should give myself more time to do this next time so I can spend more time amongst the ancient trees.

Awesome Hike, Saw a total of 4 other people. Redwood grove is spectacular but there is a good amount of Poison oak sticking into the middle of the trail. Wear pants of bring a machete ;)

Beautiful shaded hike amongst redwoods! We came on a Sunday and only passed a handful of folks on the trail. Look forward to coming back for camping or backpacking!

great trail for a hot day. lots of shade. beautiful forest. a little shrubbery, including some poison oak interested near the trail at the 4 mile mark; we only went to the 4.4 mile mark (high point), because of time constraints. loved it!

Excellent hike. Lots of shade, multiple groves of Redwoods. The last 1.3 mile loop is spectacular.

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bridge out
over grown
11 months ago

You can’t do this hike as the bridge that crosses the creek is out. Even if the bridge wasn’t closed, I would NOT recommend hiking Coyote Ridge trail. Cons of Coyote Ridge Trail which I did clockwise from Iverson Trail - narrow single lane path - overgrown with poison oak - path not well worn so lots of branches and few small trees across - forest isn’t pretty. Lot of brush that has not been cleared with a lot of fallen trees and no real views Trail path has a wrong turn. You don’t take Iverson left. You go right towards Pompoina Trail and cross road to enter Coyote Ridge Trail. $10 park fee

Trail was nice and not crowded. Camping was full, but we just came for the day. Day pass is $10. The road to get into the park is very windy and is tough if you get car sick.

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muddy
Fri Apr 12 2019

Nice moderate hike. I started at around 08 AM, didn't see a single human being during whole hike. As it had been raining the whole week the trail was muddy at the start because of dense redwoods sun rays hardly reach to the ground but it gets better when you get some elevation. Bring $10 in change if you're planning on coming here before 08:30. Ranger station opens at 08:30.

I really enjoyed this hike. It might not be so great during the summer when it's not as green and the creeks are low but when I went on April 7th 2019 it was a wonderful, private and beautiful hike. I only saw two people and they were both coming back. So I had the rest of the hike from about 3 p.m. until 6 p.m. all to myself. if you kept your eyes and ears open there were plenty things to discover. I saw I about five banana slugs, I discovered some red fire ants that had captured a dragonfly, I found a hollowed-out log that was mostly buried in the trail with about only a 8 inch diameter with a plant growing within it at the bottom, I found some really amazing looking rocks at Peters Creek. (By the way, some other reviews kind of threw shade on being confused about the Peters Creek Trail but if you have the "All Trails" map it's very clear that you have to cross the creek twice in the loop. I found it refreshing to have my feet cooled down although it got up to my ankles at times it was a revitalizing experience. I came back late enough that parts of the forest were at Twilight and I heard a couple of owls hooting up in the trees. I found a couple of bones; one very large that had washed up on a creek. The allegedly old growth redwoods were not quite as impressive as I thought they might be but I was satisfied with the overall experience that it didn't really matter that much. The only strenuous part of the hike was the uphill coming back from Peters Creek for a couple of miles before it evened out. But there's no rule about pausing and taking a break and enjoying the sounds and the sites of what's around you a little deeper. There were a couple of sections where the trails were not washed out but pretty muddy from the creek waters finding the trails. Most of it could be bypassed by just widening your feet on the walk to the far left into the far right. But at the end of the day it's not that big of a deal to get your feet muddy and you can wash them off in the creek. I had taken this Trail once before early in the morning and it was even more isolated. Most people are not willing to drive their car deeper into the forest when there are other places they can walk much sooner/easier. And most people are not willing to take a 12-mile hike. So if you enjoy communing with, what I believe is God's creation, then this is a nice opportunity to have that fellowship. :) Have fun and Enjoy!

A beautiful hiking experience I must say. The trails is a raw trail and not a constructed one. I experienced the dense forest , and very less crowded trail even on weekends which indeed was a very peaceful and rejuvenating. the trail is almost 3-3.5 miles long. some of the trail route is blocked by the fallen redwood trees,so you will have to cross it and that's pretty exciting. I spotted 3 banana slugs on the trail, as well as a bird blue Jay was spotted. I recommend this trail, not very famous yet very beautiful.

Very easy and a small trail of 0.5 miles. This trail is just to see the 1000-1200 year old redwood tree. Banana slug was spotted on this trail.

My first time to Portola Redwoods State Park -- it was nice and cool and damp in the valley. There is virtually no one there in the off-season, I think I saw two other cars the entire time I was there. Coyote Ridge was nice, an easy climb and very quiet and isolated. As I came back down from this first climb, I was along a stream and saw lots of redwoods towering over the other side. The second half, and the second climb, I was among many redwoods and stopped to admire them around me. No vistas but nice quiet hike through a damp redwood forest. Next time I'll try Upper Coyote Ridge Trail and also check out the area near the ranger station, the seasonal bridges were out so no good way to cross.

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blowdown
Sat Mar 23 2019

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muddy
Sat Mar 23 2019

I gave this trail two stars because it was very bland. There wasn't much excitement as I am used to seeing redwoods when hiking through any of the Santa Cruz Mountains, so that alone didn't cut it for me. If you are out of state you might enjoy it, and maybe I've just hiked too much and expected a lot from this trail. Also, in speaking with the park ranger she said it's more like 13 miles, but my Strava app tracked about 14 miles and took us just over 7 hours. There was a cool very old car randomly placed in the middle of the forest. It was kind of eerie but also interesting. The hike was OK but the highlight was actually hitting Peter's creek. However, the signs were REALLY confusing. For someone who hikes a lot and knows how to use common sense when hiking, my group got turned around and ended up having to backtrack just to get back on the main trail. There are also signs that tell you to cross the creek to get to the other side of the trail, or just end at the creek so you just gotta assume you have to cross. But since we went during a wet season the river was flowing, so expect you may have to get your feet wet. Overall, if you are new to hiking this may be the perfect trail because it's not too rough but don't expect any amazing lookout or views. Creek was cool though. Signage sucked. For an experienced hiker, I would give this a hard pass due to the lack of adventure. Also note - Parking is $10. If you get there too early before the ranger station opens (check their website for times) there is a self registration box but it's cash or check only. Happy Hiking!

Fee for the park is 10$ (day use), pay at ranger station or self register. The park valley is very low altitude, humid and cool. Very nice trail, downed trees are cut away, after crossing bear trail creek some bush grows into trail, but still very easy. Not too many sunny spots due to the redwoods coverage.

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