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)

Lots of shade once you move off the top of the ridge. The redwoods are great and not that much elevation for a relaxing hike.

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1 month ago

Nice and easy hike. The trail might seem steep at times but almost 90% of it is fully shaded. Loved watching the redwood trees and my friend also spotted many wild flowers.

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5 months ago

The lower flat portion of the hike is fantastic for kids. It is rather flat and easy. You can also make it interesting for children by having them search for banana slugs. Our top count is 52 slugs spotted from the parking lot to the far end of the trail.

not too difficult, cut short due to daylight, but nice

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9 months ago

Amazing hike but dont use my map - tried to extend the hike with a few additional miles but ran into challenges. Never easy to get to hikes on the P'sula, TH has limited parking but there is a larger lot right around the corner. Trail in great condition even with the recent rain. Trail goes up right away but not too bad. The Redwoods are solid but not over the top (but wait) - get to the top and wide open views. The Heritage portion of the hike was one of the best I have seen in the Bay Area - very quiet and Redwoods looked great

Nice and easy trail. Do not pay attention to the closure notices. The trail is clean, no difficulty.

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Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Was a beautiful mostly flat (on the northern half of the loop) walk. Was perfect for my wife, 2-year-old and I.

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Monday, March 28, 2016

fun day hike. Found hiker hut. It would be a fun spot to make a reservation and spend the night. Easy access

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Wednesday, January 08, 2014

It is a nice hidden park with usually small traffic all around. Big redwoods and small waterfalls during the rainy reason are very attractive. It is good to hike here all year around under the shades of trees with some bright spots under the sun.

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Beautiful hike, one of our favorites. Heads up - the lower Heritage Grove trail stops abruptly at a bridge which has been yellow-taped and declared unsafe to cross. You need to double back but it is worth the side trip to see the old growth trees.

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