Año Nuevo-Goat Hill-Butano Creek

MODERATE 2 reviews
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Año Nuevo-Goat Hill-Butano Creek is a 4.7 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
4.7 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
997 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

kid friendly

birding

camping

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

river

views

wild flowers

blowdown

bridge out

bugs

muddy

over grown

no dogs

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.

hiking
2 days ago

hiking
7 months ago

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.