Old Paige Mill Trail

MODERATE 31 reviews

Old Paige Mill Trail is a 11 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near La Honda, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until November.

DISTANCE
11.0 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
2283 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

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.

1 month ago

Wonderful long hike through a leafy forest, you're covered pretty much the whole time. Some highlights include a broken down 50's car that nature has reappropriated, wildflowers, lots and lots of redwoods, and Peter's creek. Saw about a half dozen salamanders swimming in there, trouts too. We chose to stay overnight at the trail camp about 3 miles in and did the rest of the hike the next day, which I highly recommend - you'll have more time to enjoy the sights and sounds. Trail camp is within a redwood grove and is enchanting. Highly recommend!

hiking
2 months ago

This hike is still great. There's two fallen trees about 5 miles in though. One has an easy man made path to go around, the other is right over the trail and you need to squeeze underneath, it's a bit of a tight fit but doable. Well worth it to get to the grove at the end!

hiking
4 months ago

I had been there before once long time ago, the Peter Creek was awesome with lots of tall and big trees.
This time right at the end of Bear Creek Trail before the bridge, a huge redwood, possibly thousand years old, has fallen on the trail and not quite possible.
So we didn't made it to the loop, but we still had this decent 10 mile hike.

hiking
9 months ago

The Redwood grove at the end make this hike well worth it, it's amazing when you get there. Overall, this hike was pretty easy, there's really only one stretch of climbing and as others have mentioned, the elevation is very gradual throughout. Highly recommended!

hiking
Monday, June 19, 2017

I agree with Robert's review, and the Peters Creek Loop is worth it to see the massive, ancient redwood groves. My Garmin said that the mileage was about the same but the elevation was less. The ascents and descents are very gradual on this trail. There is a lot of poison oak on some narrow sections. Other than that the trail is well-maintained with no bushwhacking required.

Thursday, May 11, 2017

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.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

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...

hiking
Monday, August 15, 2016

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.

hiking
Sunday, August 14, 2016

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

Sunday, June 08, 2014

Total hike took my wife and I about 5 hours.

hiking
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.

hiking
10 days ago

hiking
12 days ago

hiking
2 months ago

4 months ago

hiking
4 months ago

recorded Old Paige Mill Trail

hiking
5 months ago

hiking
7 months ago

hiking
11 months ago

hiking
11 months ago

recorded Old Paige Mill Trail

Sunday, September 04, 2016

Wednesday, August 03, 2016

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

hiking
Friday, June 17, 2016

Saturday, May 14, 2016

hiking
Saturday, May 14, 2016

hiking
Saturday, May 07, 2016

Load More