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Heritage Grove Loop Trail is a 4.1 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near La Honda, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.

Length 4.1 mi Elevation gain 905 ft Route type Loop

Kid friendly

Hiking

Nature trips

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Bird watching

Running

Forest

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Wild flowers

Wildlife

No dogs

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A hike in Sam McDonald County Park promising both old-growth redwood trees and sweeping mountaintop views. In the heart of the Santa Cruz Mountains and roughly on a parallel with San Jose, you'll find Sam Mc Donald County Park a great place to explore. Our recommended route around the Heritage Grove Loop will take you to grasslands with sweeping open views of neighboring mountain ridge tops, before leading you down into a valley of old growth redwood trees. Elevation gain: - 800ft (from 500 - 1200ft)

Park at the parking area on the bend in Pescadero Rd.

Trailspotting - Heritage Grove http://www.trailspotting.com/2008/12/heritage-grove-sam-mcdonald-county-park.html

A day-use fee is payable when parking at the trailhead.

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Dianne Dec
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Don’t follow the directional arrows and numbers on this map or you’ll be going the wrong way, with the one way signs they have set up right now. Also don’t start at marker 15, where the mountain bike tools are, or marker 16 across the road. Then you will head up the fire road first and you’ll eventually be going against the one way signs. If you do start this way, you can take the Big Tree trail on the left at marker 20 to connect to the Heritage Grove trail. Look for the Heritage Grove trailhead near the entrance to the parking lot, with the sign saying one way trails ahead, at marker 13 or 14. The heritage trail itself is quite lovely and shaded. But also a little sad, as you will see many huge old growth redwood stumps, cut long ago. They do at least have new growth sprouting from them, already quite tall but not nearly as thick. The second half of this hike, along the fire road, is not so picturesque. Its main redeeming factor is a small section where you get a nice view of surrounding mountains. The old hiker’s hut is kind of a cool place to sit and rest for a bit.

Ioanna Myridaki
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fantastic 4m path! they have set the loop to be a one way which is great for social distancing. very diverse terrain and the redwood trees are so impressive to walk next to!!

Roxy Reaves
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Hiking

great hike! one-way signs are clear, most hikers are wearing masks (covid), and on a sunny day it has a great balance of shade and sun. some tree obstacles and horse poop at the end of the trail but mostly clean and welll maintained

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Alexander Limon
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Hiking

this was an amazing trail. only bummer was all trails has arrows telling you to go a certain direction so we followed the way it said. more than halfway through we came upon the first sign that said do not enter one way going the opposite direction. the park set up one way in the opposite directions that all trails says to go.

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Martha Diaz
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Hiking

We went for a 4-6 mile hike, end up doing 11.3 miles. Beautiful park, trail shaded by huge redwoods. Few hikers on this day (especially after you pass the 3mike mark) We had the trails all to ourselves for miles. I want to do this hike again.

Lalita Lopez
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Hiking

really beautiful trail. Part shade part open, it has lots of variety. The trail where narrow is quite overgrown so wear long trousers or socks. The trail is one way but we missed the sign somehow so were going against the flow. There were only a few people there so it didn't matter but if busy it would have been a problem. Read the signs!

Cassandra Z.
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HikingBugsOver grown

I went on a weekday afternoon and parked at the small main lot where there were plenty of spaces and restrooms. You can access this trail either from junction 13 or junction 15 (walking uphill on Towne Fire Road and then taking Big Tree Trail at junction 20, which connects to Heritage Grove Trail). From junction 21, the loop is one way going clockwise. The trail between junctions 25 and 30 (about 1 mile) is narrow and overgrown and mostly flat at the start, but then uphill as you get closer to Towne Fire Road. Once you hit Towne Fire Road going west, you'll be fully exposed in a meadow. After you pass the Jack Brook Horse Camp, you'll be in the forest again where it's shaded and downhill. The loop took me about 2 hours, and I didn't see any other hikers until I passed the Horse Camp.

charles gary
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Hiking

Nice new growth redwoods. Can see lots of stumps from logging. Not crowded. Good trail conditions. Mostly in shade.

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Robert Hendrix
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Nature tripsBugs

Fun trail for all skill levels. Went with a group at all experience levels and all had a great time. The trail was good and the scenery was awesome. Recommend for a good outing.

Victoria Makol
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Thomas Harris
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Alessandro Mingione
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HikingBugsFee

Cute and moderately easy trail, about 1.5 hours at a fast pace. Redwoods open up to a beautiful open area towards 1/3 of the way, after which you'll enter the woods once again.

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John Koneval
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Hiking

Lots of variety, from densely wooded trails, to summit to summit fire roads with open meadows. Access to other trails, picnic areas, a reservable Sierra hut. Pay a day fee at the parking area drop box.

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Amelia Carson-Crye
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Hiking

Pretty and quite overgrown! Cute hikers hut for overnight guests

David S.
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HikingOver grown

Very overgrown

Amaria Achour-tani
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Nice and quiet on Sunday morning, lot of shade with beautiful redwoods. What an amazing place!

Ron Gasparinetti
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Hiking

What a pleasant trail this is! Beautiful redwoods with only a bit of an ascent. About halfway through the trail breaks out into a lovely meadow. This is the trail to take your non-hiker SO. If you park in the main parking lot the trailhead is behind the cross cut section of tree on display. I had a tough time finding it.

Igor S.
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Anne Frisbie
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I have been twice. I did this loop both directions. I started once on Towne Fire Road and the other time I started on Heritage Grove Trail. I preferred starting on Heritage Grove as it is the prettiest part so then you are doing that part uphill and the not as pretty part on Towne Fire Road is downhill. The middle section between Hiker’s Hut and the end of a Towne Fire Ross is in the sun with views. Heritage Grove and the end is in the shade. Hiker’s Hut has a picnic table you can use but bathrooms are only available there if you reserved the hut which is available online for sleepovers. There are bathrooms in the parking lot. Park charges a $6 fee per vehicle unless you are a San Mateo County Park member.

Marko Nikolic
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Michael Whalen
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Hiking

Lots of shade once you move off the top of the ridge. The redwoods are great and not that much elevation for a relaxing hike.

Sukanya Chakraborty
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Hiking

Nice and easy hike. The trail might seem steep at times but almost 90% of it is fully shaded. Loved watching the redwood trees and my friend also spotted many wild flowers.

Matthew W.
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Hiking

The lower flat portion of the hike is fantastic for kids. It is rather flat and easy. You can also make it interesting for children by having them search for banana slugs. Our top count is 52 slugs spotted from the parking lot to the far end of the trail.

Chris Marroquin
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not too difficult, cut short due to daylight, but nice

Jim F
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Amazing hike but dont use my map - tried to extend the hike with a few additional miles but ran into challenges. Never easy to get to hikes on the P'sula, TH has limited parking but there is a larger lot right around the corner. Trail in great condition even with the recent rain. Trail goes up right away but not too bad. The Redwoods are solid but not over the top (but wait) - get to the top and wide open views. The Heritage portion of the hike was one of the best I have seen in the Bay Area - very quiet and Redwoods looked great

Michael Berger
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Hiking

Was a beautiful mostly flat (on the northern half of the loop) walk. Was perfect for my wife, 2-year-old and I.

Suzanne Mitchell
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Beautiful hike, one of our favorites. Heads up - the lower Heritage Grove trail stops abruptly at a bridge which has been yellow-taped and declared unsafe to cross. You need to double back but it is worth the side trip to see the old growth trees.

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