Año Nuevo-Goat Hill Trail Loop

MODERATE 18 reviews
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Año Nuevo-Goat Hill Trail Loop is a 3.7 mile loop trail located near Pescadero, California that features beautiful wild flowers. The trail is rated as moderate and primarily used for hiking, walking, and trail running.

3.7 miles
964 feet

kid friendly


trail running



wild flowers


no dogs

Pretty hike starts with a steep climb and descends into lush redwoods at state park north of Santa Cruz This is one of the best moderate hikes at Butano State Park. It can start out from the park entrance or from the campground. Highlight of the loop is the Año Nuevo Trail, which make a rugged ascent from the park entrance to the Olmo Fire Road. On clear days you can see the Pacific coastline, but often you'll be hiking in coastal fog. IF you time your hike to coincide with the fog's burning off, you'll have splendid views of the ocean and the redwood forests rising from the coast. The loop then descends under a thick redwood canopy until it reaches the campground, where it's a level walk back to the parking lot. Butano is a great place to hike all year, especially during spring wildflower season.

7 months ago

The steep hike up at the start of Año Nuevo trail was the perfect way to begin 2018! I didn't download the hike and just used the paper copy at the Ranger station. I got off track a bit around the Ben Ries campground, but walking on the road the last bit of the way wasn't bad. Super serene, sweet hike.

Friday, June 09, 2017

Enjoyed the hike and quick climb in altitude.

Tuesday, January 03, 2017

Jan 17 trip - muddy and slippery with rain in the last 24hrs, although great park and can't wait to come back with better conditions! Moderate when dry. Hard when wet.

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Thursday, December 22, 2016

steep incline with switch backs. great view out to the ocean. bridge to Six Bridge Trail washed out at entrance near entrance booth, use picnic area to access.

Saturday, November 12, 2016

Great fun. Nice little climb.

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