Byrne Trail is a 2.9 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Watsonville, California that features a great forest setting and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
2.9 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
830 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dog friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

views

Owned by the Land Trust of Santa Cruz County. Beautiful Forest with a lot of elevation change. Wide trails, picnic areas with gorgeous views of the Monterey Bay

1 month ago

Beautiful trail!! It starts off with a steep incline but it tapers off . Love the views of the forest! The smells of pine are embedded in the hike!!

1 month ago

If you stay on the main trail it is a 90 minute blast.
The payoff is a terrific view of the southern part of the Monterey Bay and a great sweat.

6 months ago

Beautiful day, beautiful hike.

7 months ago

good quick trail, good inclines, great views for a payoff. two thumbs up.

walking
7 months ago

Super fun for the dogs! The redwoods are beautiful. The creek isn’t very impressive, but enough to cool off the paws. Be sure to give the pups a good bath; lots of ticks and foxtails around. Google maps has the trailhead and parking lot accurately if you put in “Byrne-Milliron Parking Lot.” There are statues and trinkets around that were fun to look at, plus a beautiful vista at AJs.

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7 months ago

Whichever direction you do this loop, you are guaranteed a workout. Serious inclines get you to some seriously worthwhile views. The forest is well-maintained and lovely mixed second growth redwood forest, with a very large and very old albino redwood at the end of the Milliron spur, no longer a loop due apparently to logging activity. This is a gem of a place. I love to bring my dogs here and let them run up and down the hills until they’re tired. Bring a pen to sign the book in the mailbox at Eagle in Tree.

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10 months ago

What a happy surprise! We were in the area and wanted a nice little hike to do and boy was this special. Everything about this hike was wonderful, the challenge, the hidden and not so hidden memories of a wonderful man who cared for this land, the views, and the enchanted welcome feeling of the forest. We will definitely do this hike again when we are in the area. Dog friendly!

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Saturday, September 23, 2017

Improved entrance road, all trails open, beautiful time of year. Take the 3 bears loop and the great white redwood tree too. We do this counterclockwise

Sunday, August 27, 2017

Always looking for dog-friendly hikes and this is a good one. Not long but you have good elevation gain. Halfway through you summit with 2 great views. At summit vista binoculars are stowed away for hikers to use (look for a green mailbox).

Warning: tricky to find trailhead!

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Nice hike, lots of shade. Part of the hiking trail very narrow and lots of poison oak. Trails poorly marked. Yet the hike is basically up then down. Hard to get lost.

Monday, May 15, 2017

Unfortunately we did not see Samantha's comment below and followed our GPS directions which ended up at the gated and locked bridge. With no cell service we weren't able to check back to this site so no hike for us that day, but we'll try again another time.

Saturday, November 12, 2016

Awesome hike. Steep at some points, but great view as a reward.

Monday, August 15, 2016

Great little hike. Thanks to Jeff, former forest kepper, in his honor suprises are left on trail. I got to enjoy little surprises on the way up and down the mountain too.

Sunday, July 31, 2016

Great trail!

Your GPS will want you to cross a bridge to a gated yard, but keep going and look for address 806, which is a flower and packaging shop on the left about 5 minutes farther. You'll then follow signs for 809.

There is a portapotty at the parking lot.

The trail is great with a lot of side trails. I had a dog with me and she enjoyed climbing up and down the hills. I recommend checking out the vistas and White Redwood Trail while on this loop.

There are some very steep trails here!!

hiking
Sunday, May 15, 2016

I followed the trail as it's presented on this site. A great view of Monterey Bay from the top but be advised that parts of the Byrne and ridge top trails are pretty steep. About 830' total elevation gain but it comes in short stretches. Most of the trails are fireroad wide. A few nice surprises along the way. Lots of doggies; people are encouraged to bring them to this park. The 1 mile road coming in is indeed a one laner but you are unlikely to have a problem. There are a few bumps and heaves but my Civic had no problem. Also, watch for ticks; the Byrne trail near the Milliron trail has a lot of overgrown grasses and I met a hiker who picked up a tick.

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