Slate Creek Trail [CLOSED]

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Portola Redwoods State Park

Slate Creek Trail [CLOSED] is a 13.0 kilometer 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 accessible year-round.

Distance: 13.0 km Elevation Gain: 509 m Route Type: Out & Back

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To prevent the spread of COVID-19 there is currently no vehicle access to this trail or others in the park. See here for more info: https://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=30355 Beautiful redwood hike to Slate Creek Trail Camp at Portola Redwoods State Park in the Santa Cruz Mountains. This is an excellent moderate hike through the second-growth redwood forest at Portola Redwoods State Park. It ends at Slate Creek Trail Camp, a popular overnight camping destination. The park is in the Santa Cruz Mountains west of Highway 35 in one of the best hiking regions in the San Francisco Bay Area. While ancient redwoods are scarce because of heavy logging in decades past, the redwood forest that has retaken the hills here is still impressive. It's also very shady, making Portola Redwoods a great place to hike year-round. This hike is an out-and-back with multiple options -- tack on a couple miles by hiking down to the Page Mill Site, then following Slate Creek Trail to its terminus at the crossing of Slate Creek. Few people go this way so the forest along the creek becomes a cradle of solitude. Another must visit is a side trip to the Old Tree, biggest redwood in the park. It's massive to the point of being mind-boggling. Trails on this track: Old Tree Trail > Slate Creek Trail. The Slate Creek Turnoff comes before you reach the Old Tree. The actual Old Tree is a quarter-mile beyond the Slate Creek turnoff. It's well worth the extra half-mile.

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6 months ago

Very quiet and didn’t run into any other hikers on a Sunday.

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6 months ago

Beautiful trail. There is not much up and downs so it just feels like a beautiful walk among redwoods. 3 miles in there is also a campground and a pit toilet. After you pass the campground you see bigger redwoods. The trail was not crowded at all. Peaceful for sure.

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9 months ago

Beautiful shaded hike amongst redwoods! We came on a Sunday and only passed a handful of folks on the trail. Look forward to coming back for camping or backpacking!

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muddy
Fri Apr 12 2019

Nice moderate hike. I started at around 08 AM, didn't see a single human being during whole hike. As it had been raining the whole week the trail was muddy at the start because of dense redwoods sun rays hardly reach to the ground but it gets better when you get some elevation. Bring $10 in change if you're planning on coming here before 08:30. Ranger station opens at 08:30.

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Sat Mar 23 2019

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Sun Jan 13 2019

Beautiful hike through the Redwoods. I wasn't able to complete the last 3/4 mile because it's pretty steep and it was raining and muddy. Only saw a couple people on the trail the entire time. Only downside of this hike is that you can hear gunfire off in the distance from a nearby gun range the entire time. It's really faint though. It costs a few dollars to park at the trailhead but I don't remember exactly how much.

Sun Sep 23 2018

Just gorgeous. Last mile (mile 4) a little steep but hey, I'm 57

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Mon Sep 17 2018

For some reason my Runtastic app showed about 13 miles.

Sun Jun 04 2017

Five stars for the solitude the trail provides! Meanders through some lush second growth areas. Encountered barely 10 hikers along the 8+ mile hike on a Saturday! The initial ascent maybe hard if you do not warm up before the hike, otherwise it is fairly manageable with relatively flat or gradual ascents. NOTE: As of 2nd Jun '17, access to Slate Creek trail via the Old Tree trail is closed due to trail damage or something. You can access Slate Creek trail by walking through the campground to Upper Escape Road and taking an alternate trail that shoots off to the right just past the gate with two steps leading to the right. This detour does not add much to the distance or difficulty level according to me. Another alternative is through the summit trail off the park road which I did not take.

Thu Oct 27 2016

almost flat out and back trail. love this.

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