Año Nuevo-Goat Hill-Butano Creek [CLOSED]

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Butano State Park

Año Nuevo-Goat Hill-Butano Creek [CLOSED] is a 4.6 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Pescadero, California that features a river 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: 1,000 feet Route Type: Loop

kid friendly

camping

hiking

nature trips

walking

bird watching

running

forest

river

views

wild flowers

blowdown

bridge out

bugs

muddy

over grown

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 This loop combines parts of three trails. The first segment (Año Nuevo Trail) goes straight up, not strenuously, and includes thickets, dense shrubs and overgrowth at times. Watch out for ticks afterwards! A fire road connector leads to Goat Hill Trail, which goes back down the hill with much more pleasant ground flora (including wildflowers if the season is right). This soon turns into the Redwood forest typical for Butano and another fire road runs around into Little Butano Creek Trail and Six Bridges Trail. This last part is especially notable for many creek crossings and fords, allowing for wading and other water fun.

Beautiful secluded trail. Plenty of banana slugs, gorgeous creek and sequoias! The first part is a bit steep then it evens out for the rest.

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6 months ago

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11 months ago

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Mon Feb 25 2019

Hiked on 2/24. You'll encounter a steep incline with multiple switchbacks if starting from the Ano Nuevo trail. Watch out for downed trees blocking the trail less than half a mile in. Rest of the trail is fairly easy and enjoyable. Also watch out for the banana slugs crossing the trail!

This was beautiful, but real messy after winter storms. The Ano Nuevo leg required a big leap over a creek, and climbing over a big tree five times- it fell where the trail zigzagged. The app route was fairly accurate until the end of Butano Creek Trail where we crossed a bridge. There was only one way to go, but it didn’t match the app route. We didn’t get far because the trail was completely wiped out. Turned around, backtracked quite a bit, cut thru the Ben Reis campground to get back to park entrance. Adventures in winter hiking!

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Mon Oct 29 2018

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Mon May 01 2017

Hiked this trail in late April. Many wildflowers at the higher elevations, including huckleberries and beds of forget-me-nots. Redwoods and shallow stream were great fun for kids. Only giving 4 stars due to the thickets on the way up, which are hard on the kids.

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3 months ago

recorded 2020-02-09 Butano SP

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recorded Track - Aug 11, 11:26 AM

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