Tafoni and Fir Trail

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Tafoni and Fir Trail is a 6.1 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Redwood City, California that features a river and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Horses are also able to use this trail.

6.1 miles
1,351 feet



horseback riding

mountain biking

nature trips

trail running





wild flowers




no dogs

This pleasant route offers, cool redwood canyons that transition to either mixed evergreen forest or chaparral as one travels up the drier, warmer ridges. There are views toward the San Mateo Coast, intriguing sandstone formations, and even a grove of old-growth redwoods. Trail are closed seasonally for biking, check before you depart.

1 month ago

Love it!!! just so nature!!!

1 month ago

good to have on hand at a moments notice where ever you are when you a looking for an activity.
also shows if dogs are allowed before you get there so trips aren't wasted.

2 months ago

This was a great hike, it’s super shaded so great for sunny days, easy to find too.

2 months ago

Good hike, definitely challenging! We did a side trail not shown to see the sand stone formation, which was worth it - that trail is marked too! We didn’t do the fir trail portion due to being too tired! On the plus side, it was well shaded and the temperature was perfect for starting the hike at 8am

3 months ago

Very nice and shady hike. Saw several banana slugs and all kinds of birds. Very few people this morning and we got there that at about 10:30am on Sunday. The sandstone deck is a nice photo op. There were some mountain bikers who were quite cautious and respectful. That little portion down to the bottom of Fir trail is awesome. The rest of the hike is easy but sticking with that descent and hike up gives you a great little workout with plenty of time to relax for the remainder of the hike.

Monday, September 18, 2017

Shady forested area, really nice

Tuesday, September 05, 2017

Amazing hike if you go down to the bottom of the fir trail and climb back up. Almost 1000 feet of elevation over 1 Mile. Very challenging without stopping but great for training the lungs. Also the sandstone rock is amazing. I went on a Friday when it was 100 degrees so I had the whole trail to myself. Bring plenty of water as it was the first time I finished my 3 liter bladder right as I was walking to the car. Also the trail head is across the street down 0.1 miles from Skeggs Parking lot.

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Nice shaded trail although not very scenic.

Sunday, June 04, 2017

Solid P'nsula Hike. Easy to find trail head however parking lot fills up. DONT take the spur (more later). Mostly covered - trail in good condition - only one I saw on the trail at 7AM were a ton of mountain bikers - nice guys but some of the trails are really narrow for two. I took the spur that is on the original map - dont do it. Straight down, nothing at the bottom and coming up wasnt easy. Keeping it from a 5 star - no real views

Sunday, June 04, 2017

Great hike. Shady most the way. Mountain bikers frequently the back half. What goes down must come up!! :-)

Saturday, May 27, 2017

I pleasant enough walk in the forest, and perfect for a casual morning / afternoon hike. I wouldn't recommend taking the southern spur: there was nothing but a dusty trail down there, and walking back up wasn't particularly exciting.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

There are many different trails you can take, but each trail is pretty long. However, it is a challenge to hike any trail you choose.. The lower the altitude you get to, the harder it gets to get back up. You definitely feels the burns in your muscles, and you sweat like never before.
Overall, it just a beautiful trail period. The sounds of the trees, the birds, the waterfalls, and the wind it is all very great to enjoy. There are mean old mosquitoes, bug repellent is a must. Take plenty of water. Make you sure you enjoy this hike. Can't wait to go back at it, again!!! I love to enjoy nature.

Sunday, April 23, 2017

GORGEOUS. This is part of a huge network of trails, and if you take the Fir trail all the way down and continue, you run into a sweet creek and waterfall.

Monday, March 06, 2017

This is a fun hike with plenty of things to check out .

Saturday, February 04, 2017

Great ~6Mi hike with awesome scenery. Do it often.

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Great trail!!

Saturday, October 01, 2016


Monday, April 04, 2016

beautiful hike! we tracked it using a GPS app. it's actually 5.9 miles and 2017 ft elevation gain.

Sunday, January 10, 2016

Really sweet rock formation and nice hike in the woods.

trail running
Thursday, December 18, 2014

An amazing ride the elevation change is brutal, your running in forest with streams near by its an awesome trail! If you can midweek is best as the trails can be empty at times!!!

trail running
Monday, August 19, 2013

Very very popular MTB area but good for hiking and trail running especially the southern end of the park. Way crowded on weekends.

mountain biking
Monday, May 13, 2013

A great place to mountain bike. Has some great technical single tracks and hairy switchbacks. Plenty of areas where you'll run into some pretty rocky terrain on your descent. Definitely not a place for beginners. Giant Salamander is an awesome trail. Although this can be done on a hard tail, a full suspension bike is highly recommended. You'll basically be riding down into a big bowl so wherever you ride, there is going to be an unpleasant climb back up.

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

You definitely have to pay attention for cyclists, but I very much enjoyed my hike here.

mountain biking
Thursday, August 30, 2012

Excellent riding and views. The singletrack down Manzanita is very technically challenging - I would not recommend it for kids/beginners. A long steady climb back up the fire road at the end of the day. Awesome!

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Great trail, although it does share with a mountain bike trail, so keep your eyes open for the bikes (they come flying down the trail in some cases). The Tafoni formation is truly an amazing site.

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