Pygmy Forest Trail

MODERATE 17 reviews
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Pygmy Forest Trail is a 4.7 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Jenner, California that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, trail running, and nature trips and is accessible year-round.

4.7 miles
875 feet

kid friendly


nature trips

trail running






no dogs

This walk highlights the self-guided interpretive efforts of Salt Point State Park, with trailside informational signage focusing on local vegetation identification. Access trail at the Woodside Campgrounds entrance on HWY 1. Expect a consistent uphill grade until you reach the Pygmy Forest area. The grade will be variable with plenty of level areas through to the southern end of the Prairie Meadows. After that, it's mostly downhill back down to HWY 1 and the coastal step.

11 days ago

This trail DOES NOT have any ocean view or access. There is a trail across the street however. As for this is just ok. A pretty walk in the woods. Nothing outrageously beautiful, but not totally boring. A fair amount of bugs, so bring spray. Very easy hike with a few hills.

18 days ago

So. Many. Bugs. The good thing was the trail is well maintained. Make sure you have $8 for parking and note this trail has no views of the ocean... there is an adjoining trail that takes you to the ocean across the street.

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Friday, September 02, 2016

Wonderful, easy hike with the bulk of the incline at the start. We did a loop that started at Woodside campground and included parts of the central trail, huckleberry trail, north trail, prairie trail, south trail and then powerline trail. Trails seemed well marked. However know this area described as "near Jenner" is about 18 miles north, with intense coastal driving. I'd come back in a heartbeat because the immediate area both inland and along the coast has enough trails and possible loops for days.

Saturday, August 13, 2016

Sunday, June 26, 2016

Overall good hike. Coastal trail is pretty windy. Coastal and forest trails aren't marked very well and there are a lot of side trails not shown on the map. Discovered a map at one of the campgrounds that had a more detailed way to get to the Pygmy Forest (listed the plant/tree placards placed along the trail) but only after finishing the trail.

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Very nice trail, easy hike with wonderful forest smells leading to golden meadow. Never found trail marker for Huckleberry trail so had to back track. I highly recommend going across the highway for the beach walks. Spectacular!!

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Monday, September 28, 2015

Nice trail except the plantation part was confusing and we had to backtrack quite a ways.

Wednesday, August 05, 2015

We did the trail up on the hill overlooking the beach and ocean. Very pleasant walk with peaceful and beautiful surroundings. Interesting rocks and tidal pools to see. Saw lots of seals, sea urchins, Dr. Suess looking plants. Highly recommended!

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

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Sunday, July 07, 2013

Did this hike with my husband and 4 year old. Loved it! Its a lot of uphill, so we used the baby carrier the whole time. I loved the self-guided tour of local flora, and the stunted trees were very cool to see. Also, there was hardly anyone else on the trail. Awesome hike!

Thursday, March 08, 2012

one of my favorites. we hiked along the beach and it was gorgeous. not too many people and it seemed untouched. watch out for ticks!