Jackson Flats Trail

MODERATE 5 reviews
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Jackson Flats Trail is a 14.3 mile loop trail located near Pescadero, California that features a great forest setting. The trail is rated as moderate offers a number of activity options.

DISTANCE
14.3 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
3556 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

no dogs

Butano State Park has an impressive range of ecosystems -- coast redwood, coastal scrub, evergreen forest -- and this 14-mile hike goes through all of them. It starts out in the valley at the park's entrance, then climbs to a series of ridges that ring a deep canyon running along the center of the park. Highlight of this hike is the Ray Linder Memorial Trail, which passes through a serene grove of redwoods on the far northeast edge of the park. It then returns along a ridge line, descends for awhile back into a redwood forest, returns to the ridge once more, then finally takes one steep, zigzagging descent to the starting point. You can slice about three miles off this hike by skipping the Butano Creek Trail Loop, but you'll miss one of the prettiest sections of the park. This is a great all-season park: it's not far from the Pacific Ocean so it doesn't get terribly hot in the summer; that also means it can be colder than expected the rest of the year. Springtime wildflower season is also a great time to come.

hiking
1 month ago

This was a moderate hike. Dogs are not allowed on any "trail" in the Butano. They are only allowed on paved roads, in campsites, and on fire roads. The hike it self was decent. Not too hard fro someone in shape. My sister, who is heavier with knee and ankle issues managed to hike part way on this trail until we took a wrong turn. Markers aren't too clear but we still managed. My 5 y/o also was able to do part of this trail well.

walking
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hiking
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hiking
Friday, May 22, 2015

This was an excellent trail. I backpacked in to the trail campsite, a couple had wasps, but the one I stayed in (camps 7/8) were wasp free.