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no shade
1 month ago

One of my favorites in the area!

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bridge out
muddy
2 months ago

We went post social-distancing restrictions but prior to the state parks lots closing. We saw a total of 4 other humans while we were there, and all from a distance so it was an awesome way to get out without too much contact. It also felt like we were way out in the remote wilderness when we were just a half mile from the road which I thought made this park really special. I had never been to Butano before but will definitely go back. Due to the bridge out for construction, we couldn’t access the trail heads directly from the road so we did a fairly steep half mile on the 6 bridges trail to get around the bridge to access the trail head for Little Butano Creek Trail. Once you’re on that trail, the first .5 to .75 miles are quite mellow and like a nice stroll along the creek. When the bridge is back up and you can park closer to the trailhead I would call this pretty family friendly and accessible. After that, the trail makes a turn and starts climbing up away from the creek and turns into a pretty decent workout. Once you come back down to the creek and arrive at the utility shack/PG&E meter which is your furthest out point, it’s a fairly steep, steady climb back up on the other side. Overall, we really enjoyed this. Muddy in a few spots along the creek, so wear good shoes. Oh, and we saw 272 banana slugs! (Yes, we counted.) I’ve never seen so many in my life, it was pretty amazing. Also lots of adorable newts, though they blend in a lot better!

Nice trail, connects to franklin point trail. There are seals in the tidepools!

hiking
3 months ago

It had been awhile since I had been on this trail, but today I especially enjoyed the trail. We started across the highway from the north parking lot and ended up walking up the beach back to there. The trails had been cut back, so it was an easy hike with great trails, views, lagoons, birds, woodrat nests and ending up on the beach was a bonus.

hiking
3 months ago

The trial is gueded and reservation is required. It's unique and very interesting to watch these amazing animals just less then 20 feed range. Kids loved it. Suggesting to be there when it's chilly, the elephants are very active in cold conditions and watching them is spectacular.

While the views that you gen on the marsh side (North Pond Trail) are nice the trail as a whole is way too close to Hwy 1, which is very busy. Crossing it with smaller kids is not really an option and also you have the road and the cars in front of your eyes all the time. The beach is nice though.

This was stunning. I was hoping for some more tree shade, but I thoroughly enjoyed the gorgeous views of the mountains and ocean. I saw 16 banana slugs and very few humans.

Beautiful views of the rocky coast, secluded coves and a surprise at the end —Franklin Point’s long white sand beach, with the lighthouse in the distance. An easy hour walk with time to relax at the beach. Enjoy! Beware: This trail is well maintained but filled with poison oak (which is just red tipped sticks in the winter). Stay on the trail.

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muddy
no shade
4 months ago

hiking
private property
4 months ago

hiking
4 months ago

was a beautiful trail would have been nice if the lady at the gate would have told me that all the trails were closed pastacertain point. she told me you had to pay to go on a tour of the elephant seals which I did not care about but you did not mention that all the other trails were closed so only got about a quarter of it done.

Beautiful secluded trail. Plenty of banana slugs, gorgeous creek and sequoias! The first part is a bit steep then it evens out for the rest.

11.24.19. We paid the $10, got a permit and headed out to see the seals. We could hear them long before we could see them. it was great to watch a couple on the surf, and about 40-50 on the beach. It's almost time for the whole colony to arrive, but we still enjoyed the few that were there. the sand dunes did make the walk a little more tiring than I thought

Overall a very nice hike. We went clockwise and it took us 5h for 10 miles. 3.5 stars. It was quite dry and flora was showing signs of no rain. Some areas a bit treacherous but not bad. Would not do it on a rainy day or shortly after.

Good trail did with 2 year old

This is an amazing trail, especially canyon trail. It’s technical hiking though so be aware of that. There is a section where there is a steep drop to your right and there is only very narrow loose shale path (with obstacles)! I would not do this section in the rain. I’m really not sure on what the distance actually is. Everyone’s recordings are different and mine added a LOT of mileage so I’m unsure what the actual length of it is. GREAT, super fun trail. Just be careful!

A great day hike! Went on an October Sunday and saw very few people - once we got further from the road and the camp we were pretty much alone the entire time.

From the trail camp to get water. We checked Butano creek first and it was dry, but if you travel farther out from trail camp, take a right to canyon trail. There will be a headwater stream about 1/2 mile down. Picture of the flowing water is hard to see but it was there!

Just want to give some context, this is the first time I backpacked and we were racing the sunset to our camp. On Tuesday, we started hiking up to the trail camp, late around 3pm. Arrived at the trail camp roughly 3 & 1/2 hrs later, around 6:30pm. It was rough going up, had nothing but energy bars to eat and we both less drank less than 1/2 liter because we didn't know if there would be flowing water from the streams...

Trail had great views, but there was very little shade. It’s worth doing, but plan accordingly.

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