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Butano Creek Trail [CLOSED]

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Butano State Park

Butano Creek Trail [CLOSED] is a 2.1 mile loop trail located near Pescadero, California that features a river. The trail is good for all skill levels and offers a number of activity options.

Distance: 2.1 miles Elevation Gain: 347 feet Route Type: Loop

kid friendly

hiking

nature trips

walking

bird watching

running

river

closed

no dogs

To prevent the spread of COVID-19 there is currently no vehicle access to this trail or others in the park. See here for more info: https://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=30355 Little Butano Creek trail takes you alongside Little Butano Creek. Expect to see newts and banana slugs on this trail. Explore the beauty of what Butano State Park has to offer with this easy loop trail.

hiking
bridge out
muddy
2 months ago

We went post social-distancing restrictions but prior to the state parks lots closing. We saw a total of 4 other humans while we were there, and all from a distance so it was an awesome way to get out without too much contact. It also felt like we were way out in the remote wilderness when we were just a half mile from the road which I thought made this park really special. I had never been to Butano before but will definitely go back. Due to the bridge out for construction, we couldn’t access the trail heads directly from the road so we did a fairly steep half mile on the 6 bridges trail to get around the bridge to access the trail head for Little Butano Creek Trail. Once you’re on that trail, the first .5 to .75 miles are quite mellow and like a nice stroll along the creek. When the bridge is back up and you can park closer to the trailhead I would call this pretty family friendly and accessible. After that, the trail makes a turn and starts climbing up away from the creek and turns into a pretty decent workout. Once you come back down to the creek and arrive at the utility shack/PG&E meter which is your furthest out point, it’s a fairly steep, steady climb back up on the other side. Overall, we really enjoyed this. Muddy in a few spots along the creek, so wear good shoes. Oh, and we saw 272 banana slugs! (Yes, we counted.) I’ve never seen so many in my life, it was pretty amazing. Also lots of adorable newts, though they blend in a lot better!

hiking
muddy
washed out
9 months ago

about half way in on either side it says that it is washed out & hiking further isn't advised. I went anyway and it wasn't bad at all. sooooo BEAUTIFUL

hiking
washed out
10 months ago

hiking
muddy
scramble
Tue Mar 26 2019

Very fun and unexpectedly adventurous! Definitely not "a nice stroll along the creek"! The trail had a lot more up and down than expected. Many downed trees had completely taken out the path, leaving craters in its stead or having us scramble over or under roots, trunks and branches. After recent rains, the creek was so full that crossing it meant wet feet or boots even with those little floating bridges. Also, it wasn't that easy to find the route going counterclockwise, before getting dow to the creek. Keep your eyes peeled for the cute little newts - we counted some 22 of them, and at least 231 banana slugs. Even the fire roads are enjoyable in this state park, which pleasantly surprised me with its almost primal nature. Felt like being somewhere remote in the Pacific Northwest! Overall, very enjoyable if you are up for a little adventure, at least this time of the year!

hiking
Mon Jan 21 2019

Nice shady walk through the woods alongside a creek. There were lots of banana slugs since it had just rained. There were a few small creek crossings.

walking
Mon Jul 09 2018

hiking
Sat Feb 10 2018

Tons of banana slugs some up hill & climbing over & under trees. 3 miles total. Was a nice hike with our 5 year olds, 2 year old needed a good amount of carrying.

hiking
Sun Sep 24 2017

The last part of hike is on the road.

hiking
Mon Aug 07 2017

Easy hike for the family with plenty of cover free m the summer sun. kids found over 60 banana slugs. Also a very well maintained trail.

hiking
Mon Aug 07 2017

Loved this hike. Was able to do this hike with my 18 month old son. Beautiful. Very much plan to do this hike again

hiking
4 months ago

hiking
7 months ago

recorded Butano Creek Trail

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9 months ago

hiking
9 months ago

recorded Recording - Aug 07, 5:16 PM

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11 months ago

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