Canyon, Goat Hill Trail Loop

MODERATE 62 reviews
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Canyon, Goat Hill Trail Loop is a 9.1 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Pescadero, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.

DISTANCE
9.1 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1,916 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

birding

camping

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

no dogs

Connect the Six Bridges Trail to the Little Butano Creek Trail, then follow Goat Hill Trail to Ano Nuevo Trail. $10 day fee for parking.

hiking
1 month ago

Great hike - I think Butano is the best Redwood park in the Bay Area ... bc of the quiet. Easy to find trail head but not a ton of parking. The Flats Trail was simply amazing due to a small amount of fog - watch out for Newts - they were every where on the trail. Canyon also a great trail however dont take it all the way - turn right on Indian. Coming down Nuevo wasnt easy - very steep

hiking
7 months ago

Great hike--love Butano--so quiet--hiked into only one couple. Never had done Canyon Trail--most California Nutmegs I have ever seen and beautiful chalk geology and botany.

hiking
9 months ago

Did an abbreviated version from the Ben Ries Campground: Goat Hill -> Doe Ridge -> Olmo Fire Road -> Indian -> Canyon -> Jackson Flats -> Mill Ox.

11 months ago

Pretty trees, mostly shaded, not too steep, lots of poison oak.

hiking
11 months ago

Awesome loop! I'd rate this as pretty challenging, and I'm very athletic; big inclines and steep descents, lots of hot exposed ridge. Peaceful and serene--SO quiet! Epic views from Canyon Trail and Indian Camp. Where it's not exposed ridge, it's lush, shady, gorgeous forest. Lots of poison oak!! I went from park HQ up Jackson Flats to Canyon, then down Indian Trail/Olmo Fire, and accidentally missed the branch for Doe Ridge Trail/Goat Hill Trail, but it was a lovely trek nonetheless, and Olmo eventually connects up with Goat Hill. Make sure you have a trail map because some of the turns aren't marked. Would be great for backpacking; two campgrounds along the way!

Monday, July 10, 2017

Nice and easy trail. Somehow crowded at the beginning.

backpacking
Monday, May 22, 2017

Fun hike! Camped at the Butano trail camps, the campsites are nice, spaced well apart, there are bear boxes and a toilet, which is nice. Beautiful setting, a lush trail through ferns and redwoods is hard to beat.

Monday, March 20, 2017

Enjoyed the range of vegetation. Went in spring so lots of green and flowers. Lots and lots of fallen trees after all the rain. TICKS so hikers BEWARE. Very steep at the very end/beginning depending what direction you start.

Thursday, December 22, 2016

it was very quiet, campground closed for the season. clean park. easy to find Butano SP. $10 day fee for parking, bring cash. dog did pick up a couple ticks.

hiking
Sunday, November 06, 2016

Dogs are only allowed on paved roads and the fire roads.So we followed the Olmo Fire road for an out and back trail. We went in November, just after the first fall rains. The trail can be quite challenging due to rapid elevation gains in places. You have to ascend rapidly to get to the rim of the park. The start of the trail is obviously an old road (some paving is here and there) but when you cross the Goat Hill trail the first time, the track narrows and keeps narrowing, becoming overgrown, but still well-marked.

Sunday, July 31, 2016

Beautiful. Not very crowded and a good amount of park to explore. We went on the Little Butano Creek Trail

hiking
Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Nice little park tucked away off the 1 and you'd hardly know it's there. We did Ox Mill to Jackson Flats to Butano Fire Rd to Indian and Goat Hill and Olmo Fire Rd then added four miles by taking the out-and-back Candelabra Trail to Gazos Rd. Returned to descend the steep Año Nuevo Trail for a 14.3-mile loop in about 5 hours including a lunch break. Saw only a couple other folks although it was a Monday. Generally forest canopy with short pockets of sun though most of the fire roads are fully exposed. Overall, many of these trails are moderately flat but there are tougher long climbs as well. Fun park if you're looking to beat weekend crowds at Big Basin SP.

hiking
Monday, October 26, 2015

And if you pass by Goat Hill Trail, take it, quite a lovely scene, so peaceful and flat. Great way to end the loop.

hiking
Monday, October 26, 2015

Quite a lovely trail, and very narrow (which I personally love). Nice flora, and there are stretches of Madrone trees that spiral copper and silver. Absolutely awesome trees to see, and worth taking the trail just to see these. Almost completely covered in forest canopy, with the exception of the fire roads along the top ridge of the mountain. It happened to rain for a bit along our hike (I know, the one day in the last 8 months it rains and we're stuck all the way at the top of the friggin mountain lol). Otherwise, very nice trail, with some decent uphills.

hiking
Friday, November 08, 2013

Started off on Ano Nuevo Trail. Brutal up hill climb if ur not in the best of shape. However upon completion of this 1.3 mile adventure, everything else was a breeze. My partner and I did get a tad lost (wrong turn) so were unable to explore the many trails that are connected with one another. But we look forward to returning back again real soon!

hiking
Tuesday, August 02, 2011

The Trails in Butano SP are some of the best Iv found in the central coast area. One of my favorite there would have to be Butano Creek trail, witch follows Little Butano Creek. the trail its self is only 1.5 miles but there are dozen other trails in the area you can take to make your trip longer.. Note Goat hill trail & Jackson Flats are also worth checking out

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recorded Canyon, Goat Hill Trail Loop

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