Explore the most popular wildlife trails in Portola Redwoods State Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Wonderful long hike through a leafy forest, you're covered pretty much the whole time. Some highlights include a broken down 50's car that nature has reappropriated, wildflowers, lots and lots of redwoods, and Peter's creek. Saw about a half dozen salamanders swimming in there, trouts too. We chose to stay overnight at the trail camp about 3 miles in and did the rest of the hike the next day, which I highly recommend - you'll have more time to enjoy the sights and sounds. Trail camp is within a redwood grove and is enchanting. Highly recommend!

1 month ago

Nice place to walk around. Waterfall is not as excited as I expected. Easy trail. All the trees are amazing!

Not the best trail in the park but not bad. Has a few river crossings that can be tricky but otherwise an easy trail. Nicely shaded throughout. Falls are only really active if there's been a decent amount of rain, so keep that in mind.

2 months ago

This hike is still great. There's two fallen trees about 5 miles in though. One has an easy man made path to go around, the other is right over the trail and you need to squeeze underneath, it's a bit of a tight fit but doable. Well worth it to get to the grove at the end!

3 months ago

Overall, a short and easy walk through the redwoods. We stopped here on a whim in December. Weather was coolish, but we decided to do the short walk anyway. Took about 30 mins with lots of stops for photos and wildlife viewing.

4 months ago

I had been there before once long time ago, the Peter Creek was awesome with lots of tall and big trees.
This time right at the end of Bear Creek Trail before the bridge, a huge redwood, possibly thousand years old, has fallen on the trail and not quite possible.
So we didn't made it to the loop, but we still had this decent 10 mile hike.

9 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!

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9 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.

10 months ago

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

10 months ago

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

11 months ago

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

Monday, June 19, 2017

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.

Sunday, June 04, 2017

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.

Thursday, May 11, 2017

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.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

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, 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.

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.

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.

Great hike! Beautiful scenery and shaded the whole way. Even though it was a Saturday morning (started at 10:30am) we only saw other people when we were crossing the road. Highly recommend using EveryTrail if you want to stick to this exact hike because there are some unclear intersections- and while there is plenty of documentation to pick up at the self-registration area, including ideas for future hikes, the hike descriptions are not adequate. Highly recommended hike that I look forward to doing again!

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Monday, August 19, 2013

(Continued. . .got away from me)

I am considering the peters creek loop the trail from the center of Portola SP to the old grove on Peters Creek. I think it is about 10 miles RT. This is my favorite trail mid-peninsula due to the remoteness and the old growth stand if redwoods. Makes a fantastic run and hike.

Wednesday, July 06, 2011

The best part about the trail was the swimming hole next to the rock face covered in ferns and mosses...all amidst the redwoods as the trail name suggests. Since we went the day after 4th of July, there was no one around. There's a magic at that spot that makes it more than just the sum of the features, though. You'll just have to go and experience it for yourself.

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