Slate Creek Trail

MODERATE 16 reviews

Slate Creek Trail is a 8.1 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 accessible year-round.

8.1 miles
1,669 feet
Out & Back



nature trips

trail running




wild flowers


no dogs

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.

Sunday, June 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.

Thursday, October 27, 2016

almost flat out and back trail. love this.

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