Old Paige Mill Trail

MODERATE 16 reviews

Old Paige Mill Trail is a 11.3 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near La Honda, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from March until November.

11.3 miles
3139 feet
Out & Back



nature trips




wild flowers


old growth

no dogs

All-day hike to grove of ancient redwoods in Portola Redwoods State Park is a must if you can do the distance . The first six miles are nice enough -- lots of ups and downs in second-growth redwoods -- but the real payoff is at the midpoint: Peters Creek Loop tracks through one of the last remaining stands of old-growth redwoods in the Santa Cruz Mountains. The Peters Creek Loop is simply amazing -- the area was so remote that it was not profitable for loggers to cut the old redwoods, so dozens of ancients trees tower skyward all along the path. With its primeval feel, you wouldn't be surprised to see a brontosaurus rumbling through. Mind you it is a very long walk back, but it's worth the effort. This is a great hike all year long. If you go in the winter, make sure you'll have enough daylight to cover all the miles.

14 days ago

The trailhead actually begins at Slate Creek trail, (the Station Ranger never heard of Old Paige trail and it's not listed on their paper maps). The 1st mile section was closed due to fallen trees, of which one remains to be cut away. (Detour thru campground to pickup trail).

The AllTrails App worked perfectly aside from the name.
Cellular service available 50% of the trail. There is a bathroom and picnic table at mile 3.

This is an easy trail with mild elevation, and is mostly shaded. Well marked and not overgrown but use plenty of insect repellent. Be prepared with a $10 cash or check for the daily parking fee.

18 days ago

30 days ago

Love this trail! Beautiful, no crowds. Very easy overall, but a little uphill section coming back from the old growth redwood loop. Look out for poison oak in a couple sections...

8 months ago

9 months ago

Nice redwood forest. A bit of uphill right at start and near the peak (few miles in) but mostly a flat easy hike. There's a backpackers camp a few miles in which is a great spot to stop for lunch on the picnic tables. We decided not to venture all the way over the hill and down into the creek.

9 months ago

Horrible. Peters creek trail is overgrown now and not maintained. We had to plow through miles of thick weeds.

10 months ago

11 months ago

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Wednesday, October 07, 2015

Sunday, June 08, 2014

Total hike took my wife and I about 5 hours.

Monday, May 05, 2014

I love, love this trail. I like the fact that it is far from the main entrance of the park and makes it somewhat pristine.

trail running
Monday, August 19, 2013

(Continued. . .got away from me)

I am considering the peters creek loop the trail from the center of Portola SP to the old grove on Peters Creek. I think it is about 10 miles RT. This is my favorite trail mid-peninsula due to the remoteness and the old growth stand if redwoods. Makes a fantastic run and hike.

Wednesday, August 22, 2012