Best trails in Sam Mcdonald County Park

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Explore the most popular trails in Sam Mcdonald County Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.
Description
Sam McDonald, a unique and interesting 850-acre facility, is located approximately 3 miles west of La Honda on Pescadero Road. The park actually represents contrast between two separate natural environments. The northwesternly half, near 400 acres between Pescadero Road and Highway 84, is principally a lush growth redwood forest. The 450-acre portion, southeasterly , is primarily open ridge, grassy knolls and patchy brush areas. From this ridge area, vistas of the Butano and Skyline Ridges, and the Pacific Ocean can be seen. Hours: Opens 8:00 A.M. daily. The closing time varies by time of year: Dec - Feb: 5:00 P.M. March 6:00 P.M. (before Daylight Savings Time starts) March 7:00 P.M. (after Daylight Savings Time starts) Apr - Aug: 8:00 P.M. Sept: 8:00 P.M. (through Labor Day) Sept: 7:00 P.M. (beginning the day after Labor Day) Oct: 7:00 P.M. (first week[s] of October) Oct: 6:00 P.M. (last three weeks of October) Nov: 6:00 P.M. (before Daylight Saving Time ends) Nov: 5:00 P.M. (after Daylight Saving Time ends)
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Map of trails in Sam Mcdonald County Park
Park information
Acreage
850 acres
Top trails (4)
#1 - Heritage Grove Loop Trail
Sam Mcdonald County Park
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Length: 4 mi • Est. 2 h 13 m
A hike in Sam McDonald County Park promising both old-growth redwood trees and sweeping mountaintop views. In the heart of the Santa Cruz Mountains and roughly on a parallel with San Jose, you'll finShow more
#2 - Towne Fire Road to Brook Trail Loop
Sam Mcdonald County Park
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Length: 8.8 mi • Est. 4 h 47 m
Towne Fire Road to Brook Trail Loop is a 8.8 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near La Honda, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a nShow more
#3 - East Brook Trail to Pomponio Trail to Bear Ridge Trail Loop
Sam Mcdonald County Park
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Length: 8.2 mi • Est. 4 h 8 m
East Brook Trail to Pomponio Trail to Bear Ridge Trail Loop is a 8.2 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near La Honda, California that offers the chance to see wildlife. The trail is rated Show more
#4 - Old Stage Road, Uncle Man Road, and Youth Camp Trail
Sam Mcdonald County Park
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Length: 2.8 mi • Est. 1 h 37 m
Old Stage Road, Uncle Man Road, and Youth Camp Trail is a 2.8 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near La Honda, California that features a great forest setting and is rated as moderate. The trShow more