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Coyote Ridge and Summit Trail Loop

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Portola Redwoods State Park

Coyote Ridge and Summit Trail Loop is a 4.6 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near La Honda, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October.

Distance: 4.6 miles Elevation Gain: 1,302 feet Route Type: Loop

kid friendly

camping

hiking

nature trips

walking

bird watching

running

views

wild flowers

wildlife

fee

no dogs

Note: The bridge on Coyote Ridge Trail between Portola State Park Road and Escape Road is damaged and unsafe to cross. It is not possible to hike from the campground to Coyote Ridge Trail. You will have to go back past the Visitor Center and take the Iverson Trail to the Coyote Ridge Trail. Vigorous and diverse six-mile hike takes samples the best of Portola Redwoods State Park west of Silicon Valley. This is the essential loop at Portola Redwoods State Park. In just over six miles it ascends two ridges and stops in on the most impressive old-growth redwood in the park. It starts out near the park headquarters, climbs up Coyote Ridge, descends to Peters Creek, climbs again up the Slate Creek Trail, then descends via the Summit Trail, and takes a side trip to the Old Tree, which is 297 feet tall, 12 feet across and estimated to be over 1,000 years old. The climb up Coyote Ridge is fairly steep; just take your time and enjoy the walk. The hike up Slate Creek Trail is more gradual but it's still a healthy climb. And the Summit Trail descent is a bit of knee grinder. So there's plenty of challenge, all under a shady redwood canopy that makes this great route any time of year. Trails on this hike: Sequoia Nature trail, Iverson Trail, Coyote Ridge Trail, Slate Creek Trail, Summit Trail, and Old Tree Trail. Be sure to take enough water and snacks along to keep your energy level up. $10 park fee.

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bridge out
over grown
11 days ago

Very easy route. The bridge was out, so we crossed the river. It is a little gnarly with a sharp drop, but doable. We saw 4 banana slugs on the way! Many parts of the trail are very overgrown.

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bridge out
over grown
Sat Jun 08 2019

You can’t do this hike as the bridge that crosses the creek is out. Even if the bridge wasn’t closed, I would NOT recommend hiking Coyote Ridge trail. Cons of Coyote Ridge Trail which I did clockwise from Iverson Trail - narrow single lane path - overgrown with poison oak - path not well worn so lots of branches and few small trees across - forest isn’t pretty. Lot of brush that has not been cleared with a lot of fallen trees and no real views Trail path has a wrong turn. You don’t take Iverson left. You go right towards Pompoina Trail and cross road to enter Coyote Ridge Trail. $10 park fee

My first time to Portola Redwoods State Park -- it was nice and cool and damp in the valley. There is virtually no one there in the off-season, I think I saw two other cars the entire time I was there. Coyote Ridge was nice, an easy climb and very quiet and isolated. As I came back down from this first climb, I was along a stream and saw lots of redwoods towering over the other side. The second half, and the second climb, I was among many redwoods and stopped to admire them around me. No vistas but nice quiet hike through a damp redwood forest. Next time I'll try Upper Coyote Ridge Trail and also check out the area near the ranger station, the seasonal bridges were out so no good way to cross.

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Thu Nov 03 2016

Nice trail in the rewoods. Not my favorite redwood hike as there are better places to view these giant trees. I gave it 4 stars as it gives you a nice remote feeling if you go in the winter.

Sat Mar 22 2014

Great hike! Beautiful scenery and shaded the whole way. Even though it was a Saturday morning (started at 10:30am) we only saw other people when we were crossing the road. Highly recommend using EveryTrail if you want to stick to this exact hike because there are some unclear intersections- and while there is plenty of documentation to pick up at the self-registration area, including ideas for future hikes, the hike descriptions are not adequate. Highly recommended hike that I look forward to doing again!

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