Looking for a great trail in Portola Redwoods State Park, California? AllTrails has 9 great hiking trails, trail running trails, dogs no 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!

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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.

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 ;)

hiking
14 days ago

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
2 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

lovely hike. wonderful redwoods along trail. good short workout. falls are small and lovely.

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
4 months ago

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.

4 months ago

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
5 months ago

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muddy
5 months ago

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.

It was really cool inside. many huge trees. Very good views also! if you feel tired in the middle, there can be a short cut back to the start, so good choice for beginner like me!

hiking
7 months ago

Beautiful hike through the Redwoods. I wasn't able to complete the last 3/4 mile because it's pretty steep and it was raining and muddy. Only saw a couple people on the trail the entire time. Only downside of this hike is that you can hear gunfire off in the distance from a nearby gun range the entire time. It's really faint though. It costs a few dollars to park at the trailhead but I don't remember exactly how much.

Really fun beginner trail! There's a shallow stream crossing (6 inches) so be ready to take off your shoes or get your feet wet. The waterfall is very cool and you also get some glimpses between the trees into the adjacent valley as you hike up to the falls. It was misty and magical when we did this hike. I highly recommend it!

Just gorgeous. Last mile (mile 4) a little steep but hey, I'm 57

on Slate Creek Trail

hiking
11 months ago

For some reason my Runtastic app showed about 13 miles.

The trail isn’t too hard to complete for anybody however lack of rains in the past few months had caused the waterfalls to be just a trickle of water. Don’t hike unless you know for sure that there has been rains in the past month.

Its a long day hike starting from parking lot. You need to follow slate creek trail and then at the slate creek campground you need to take left to bear creek trail. Camp ground has benches and table along with one portable waterless toilet. Continuing on bear creek trail will leave to peter's creek grove. Along the way you will find some old growth trees which is just amazing to be around. You will also find an old battered car almost eaten away by nature (wonder what story it holds). Peter's creek grove is 1.3 mile loop and it very secluded with lots of birds around and the creek sound is blissful to just hear it. Have lunch there and trace back the path to parking lot.

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!

walking
Wednesday, May 16, 2018

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

hiking
Saturday, May 05, 2018

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.

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!

hiking
Wednesday, March 14, 2018

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.

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