Pomponio Loop Trail is a 3.3 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Loma Mar, California that offers scenic views and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Horses are also able to use this trail.

Distance: 3.3 miles Elevation Gain: 715 feet Route Type: Loop

hiking

horseback riding

mountain biking

nature trips

walking

bird watching

running

views

no dogs

Explore the extended trail network that is accessible near the Memorial Park campground. Climb up to the Pomponio Creek Overlook (995') for stunning views of the surrounding area.

hiking
10 days ago

Really awesome views for a county park hike. Lots of variety too, starts off with a switchback-y climb, then follows the ridge and gives great sweeping views of the valley/canyon to the south, and then ends in the shade of the towering redwoods. Absolutely wear long sleeves and pants, poison oak is EVERYWHERE for the first half of the hike (go counter clockwise, as other reviews have said). Trails widen out significantly after about the halfway mark. Didn't see a single person on a Saturday afternoon, and parking was free during COVID. Counted 30 banana slugs in the final section, too!

hiking
7 months ago

Nice moderate hike. The trail is not well-maintained, but it's not horrible either. It's very well signed. You do have to be vigilant about poison oak. My friend hiked it in shorts and sneakers without any issues. I recommend going counter clockwise, which quickly winds its way up the summit of Mt. Ellen within the first mile. The views from there aren't amazing as they're mostly obstructed, but the hike is quite easy going the rest of the way with some excellent vistas. You'll be rewarded in the final descent upon entering the old redwood groves, which are magical. Sadly, there are obvious signs of fire damage all around. It was Saturday and we encountered not a single person on the trail.

hiking
10 months ago

Lightly traveled and not well maintained. But still worth it! Most of the trail is in fine shape. Only a few places need work. Beautiful, thick redwood groves at lower elevations. Classic California conifers at higher elevations. Easy-to-moderate. Not buggy. Poison oak palooza in some parts but not overhanging the trail. Long pants and sleeves and you should be fine.

hiking
Sat Nov 25 2017

A bit riddled with poison oak, but a classic redwoods and valleys.

hiking
Sat Jun 03 2017

Really great views of Deaborn and Pescadero creek parks but the ridge side of the trail is not maintained at all. The trail doesn't see a lot of traffic so it's a poison oak nightmare, make sure to wear high socks and long sleeves.

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