Explore the most popular kid friendly trails near La Honda with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

hiking
2 months ago

The Tarwater Loop is a great outing, if you don’t mind hikes that end with a long uphill walk. The best way to do it, especially on a hot day, is to start on the right side of the loop - take the Tarwater trail DOWN and come back UP via the shaded Shingle Mill Trail. Along the way you’ll see some interesting remnants of the past – the old garage (not a cabin) was just one of the outbuildings on this former cattle ranch that long ago was a big producer of local cheese. A section of old steam engine remains on the Shingle Mill Trail – evidence of the logging operations that continued up into the 1960s here - and a great place to stop for lunch or snack. There is NO RIVER as claimed in the All Trails description; only Tarwater Creek and you will only encounter it by taking a slight detour off the loop from the Old Haul Road towards the Canyon Trail. I’ve done this hike many times over the years and love it all seasons but the trail can be terrible muddy in winter & sometimes trail sections get closed so check the website before driving out. I've taken older kids on this hike but don't recommend for under 6 years. This is a more primitive piece of the park with no restrooms, water, or picnic facilities.

hiking
2 months ago

The perfect time of year to be on this hike and it has it all. Plenty of wild flowers line the route (western columbine, blue dicks, iris, checkerbloom, poppies) If you are doing the whole hike, its about 2/3 under trees and 1/3 open exposure and a 50/50 mix of single track trail & fireroad. Highlights for us include the section of woodland meandering alongside Peter's Creek, the Jikogi Pond, & the stunning views to the west as you cross the ridge. You'll want to linger so start early, bring water/food, and know there's no restrooms at trailhead (closest is north of trailhead at Skyline Ridge OSP main parking.) We have also found on repeated hikes here that we need to be watchful of bicyclists coming behind us on the trails.

Fun trail that is not very intense. A few hills, mostly when you come back up from Horseshoe lake. At the beginning you can hear road noise but once you go almost a mile it is more serene.

hiking
3 months ago

View from Stegner bench is awe-inspiring. Enjoy the wildflowers in springtime then immerse in forest-bathing.

walking
3 months ago

Nice place to walk around. Waterfall is not as excited as I expected. Easy trail. All the trees are amazing!

hiking
3 months ago

The lower flat portion of the hike is fantastic for kids. It is rather flat and easy. You can also make it interesting for children by having them search for banana slugs. Our top count is 52 slugs spotted from the parking lot to the far end of the trail.

Not the best trail in the park but not bad. Has a few river crossings that can be tricky but otherwise an easy trail. Nicely shaded throughout. Falls are only really active if there's been a decent amount of rain, so keep that in mind.

hiking
3 months ago

Unique experience partly because of non existent traffic. A few things made me wonder if the trail was actually closed e.g. no other hikers, broken trees, a not opening gate, etc. Anyways, this is indeed a great trail. Saw some impressive redwood trees in the earlier part of the trail.

So peaceful and definitely not crowded on a Friday afternoon. Also saw a mountain lion from across the lake and plenty of birds and bush rabbits!

hiking
4 months ago

Beautiful easy trail that has great variety of creek and water, to wide open meadows, and narrow pathways shaded by redwoods. Not suitable for children i’d say and best for hikers and mountain bikers.

hiking
5 months ago

Overall, a short and easy walk through the redwoods. We stopped here on a whim in December. Weather was coolish, but we decided to do the short walk anyway. Took about 30 mins with lots of stops for photos and wildlife viewing.

Beautiful views of ocean and bay. Some sunny spots and some dark, oak-shaded spots. We had a nice picnic lunch by horseshoe lake, watching the mallards and koots.

Great hike, nice lakes and pleasant views. We took Butano Loop off Sunny Jim and signage didn’t point us towards Alpine Pond so we had to backtrack. Worth it as Alpine is peaceful and serene. Came back Ipiwa and the around Horseshoe. We logged a little over 5 miles.

not too difficult, cut short due to daylight, but nice

hiking
7 months ago

Amazing hike but dont use my map - tried to extend the hike with a few additional miles but ran into challenges. Never easy to get to hikes on the P'sula, TH has limited parking but there is a larger lot right around the corner. Trail in great condition even with the recent rain. Trail goes up right away but not too bad. The Redwoods are solid but not over the top (but wait) - get to the top and wide open views. The Heritage portion of the hike was one of the best I have seen in the Bay Area - very quiet and Redwoods looked great

Great place for hiking.

Did this with my son in the backpack half the way and walking the other.
I saw 5 people in total so not a lot of traffic for 3 hours.
The footing is unstable due to all the leaves so bring shoes with grooves.
Shaded all the way and got cold, I put his sweater on.
I deducted one star as they were running some infernal machine near the HQ which ruined half my hike till they shut it down additionally the Iverson cabin is not a cabin but a place where the cabin once was and next to it are some hideous falling apart ranger housing? which is ultra-lame they should fix them and not run machinery on the day of the Lord.

Other than that I'd say, this is an excellent trail for quiet walking especially when it is hot in the bay.
$10 entrance fee, cash using envelope

hiking
11 months ago

Very gentle and very pretty hike. Very well shaded for the summer time by the canopy.

on Sequoia Nature Trail

hiking
11 months ago

A really nice hike for me, my daughter and her entire girl scout troop. We also made a little side trip over to tip toe falls! In the warm season bring a bathing suit for a shallow swim at the creek by the seasonal bridge.

on Old Tree Trail

hiking
11 months ago

Nice gentle hike up to the oldest tree in the park then back down again. My 8 year old and her girl scout troop all went and took pictures around the tree.

hiking
11 months ago

Nice trail in and out of redwoods and oaks.

Nice hike. My 18 month old was able to hike along side me for much of this one

hiking
Monday, August 07, 2017

Wet prettily hike. My 18 month old was able to hike along side me for much of this hike

hiking
Wednesday, August 02, 2017

Very cool. Came in January after a rain, trees were fogging. Super cool.

Sunday, July 23, 2017

This trail was awesome to hit in the morning before work! You get a solid hike in but it doesn't take very long to complete and is not challenging. Also the trail was mostly shaded which was a big plus. There is an amazing opening where you can look out over the beautiful hills to the ocean which is about halfway.

hiking
Sunday, July 02, 2017

Pretty good loop trail. There were dry grassy meadows, a neat abandoned cabin, a cool looking bridge,and some awesome Redwood groves. Had a little bit of everything. Not a lot of people on the trail. Bring bug repellant. The meadows areas had narrow trails- watch out for ticks, we saw some.

hiking
Sunday, July 02, 2017

Perfect 4 hour hike. Beautiful views of rolling hills at beginning of Tarwater trail head. Then the trail moves in into the Redwood Forrest. The trail is well maintained but there is one large tree that just fell over the Pomponio trail 1.25 mi from

hiking
Saturday, July 01, 2017

Many leaves. Visited tip toe falls. Some shallow water crossing.

hiking
Monday, June 26, 2017

Really underrated trail. There was only four cars parked at the trailhead and we saw no more than a half dozen people on the trail even though it was a sunny Saturday. The last mile is slightly different than the Alltrails Map, with more switchbacks closer to Camp Pomponio Rd. The last mile is completely exposed, can be rough on a hot day. Make sure to check yourself for ticks after the hike.

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