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

So beautiful. The docents are very nice and helpful. The elephant seals were fun snd we even saw whales the day we went. The trails are very well laid out. Just a joy.

hiking
2 months ago

Great hike - I think Butano is the best Redwood park in the Bay Area ... bc of the quiet. Easy to find trail head but not a ton of parking. The Flats Trail was simply amazing due to a small amount of fog - watch out for Newts - they were every where on the trail. Canyon also a great trail however dont take it all the way - turn right on Indian. Coming down Nuevo wasnt easy - very steep

scenic driving
4 months ago

I nice stretch of the legs after driving North on PCH from Monterey. This stretch of PCH has some great sea cliff overlooks. Excellent Road Trip.

Really cool hike Dec-March you can’t do the whole hike unless you do the tour as it’s National season and males are aggressive. There are limited spots. I almost didn’t go but it was awesome! $7 for the tour and $10 for parking

Amazing place. Gorgeous trail and views. If you go during Dec-March you will also enjoy views of elephant seals. Remarkable animals.
Trail is easy, with some walks on sand dunes. My 6 year old had no issues

hiking
6 months ago

I did not start at the trail's head, but from a pulloff at Ross Road...I hiked around here solo for about 4 hours, and saw not one person...it was truly amazing...Bull male elephant seal was bobbing around at one point and making lots of noise..saw many hawks and harbor seals too...I love the wooded walkway at the end of the dune area, it feels nice to lay there at the end and relax and have lunch...beautiful place...good seaglass too by the way...found a stopper and some large turquoise chunks

hiking
6 months ago

Easy trail, nice views. Saw lots of birds and some harbor seals on the rocks.

hiking
8 months ago

Peaceful path with no other traffic on a Saturday. Mostly flat with a small incline at the end that offers nice views looking back over the grasslands towards the ocean.

hiking
8 months ago

Great hike--love Butano--so quiet--hiked into only one couple. Never had done Canyon Trail--most California Nutmegs I have ever seen and beautiful chalk geology and botany.

hiking
8 months ago

Amazing area when the Elephant Seals are there...

hiking
8 months ago

Another forgotten trail from when i lived in HMB. There was a dead whale on the beach one time when i was there.

hiking
8 months ago

Nice little trail done when I lived in Half Moon bay

Nice walk to the beach from hwy 1...nice walk to catch the sunset

This trail is hard but really beautiful and I like it on an ebike.

Did an abbreviated version from the Ben Ries Campground: Goat Hill -> Doe Ridge -> Olmo Fire Road -> Indian -> Canyon -> Jackson Flats -> Mill Ox.

My favorite place! December-March you need reservations, but it is well worth it seeing the nature channel IRL. other times of the year you can get a permit and do a self guided hike. Apart from the elephant seals, there is a lot of cultural, geological and other things to learn. A definite must if you live local or are visiting.

camping
11 months ago

Very beautiful but pay close attention to the map, you may find yourself walking a little extra that can easily surpass an "easy" level

hiking
11 months ago

Really cool experience... at one point on the trail we look to our right and see elephant seals sleeping on the beach, and to our left toward the valley a deer...meanwhile snakes are slithering away through the dunes..very cool/beautiful/special place!!! Authentic California

hiking
11 months ago

Really great scenery, and particularly beautiful at the very south end of the beach, after climbing across some dunes and rocks, I found smuggler's cove, which held many beautiful, large abalone shells! I left them, but I did find a really nice piece of teal seaglass, among many other sea animals...truly beautiful and serene.

11 months ago

My girlfriend and I are avid hikers and came to butano just yesterday. We started up año nuevo, to gazos trail, and came back down on olmos rd. While incredibly beautiful, taking the trail this direction was absolutely NOT "easy" and we wanted to let people know who might be bringing children or anyone unfit for such a hike. Intense and immediate altitude gains from the beginning and a constant increase in elevation, even through most of gazos. Most definitely a fantastic and beautiful hike, but definitely don't the difficulty for granted when going in this direction.

beautiful morning stroll. fabulous, engaged docents out at the viewing platform. but brace yourself (and prep your boots) for that chunk of sand dune).

hiking
Wednesday, August 09, 2017

Bean Hollow State Park and the Arroyo de los frijoles trail offers gorgeous views, tafoni sand rock formations and a beach to wet your feet. Incredible location to visit and enjoy the short and easy hike.

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Tuesday, August 08, 2017

Pretty trees, mostly shaded, not too steep, lots of poison oak.

hiking
Monday, August 07, 2017

Was able
To do this hike with my 18 month old son. We saw some elephant seals, which was the highlight of this hike

hiking
Friday, August 04, 2017

cute trail with an absolutely stunning beach at the end. winds were light on the day we went. so even though it was 20C, it felt very comfortable on the beach, not like the other experiences along hwy1 when we freeze on the beach.

hiking
Saturday, July 22, 2017

Awesome loop! I'd rate this as pretty challenging, and I'm very athletic; big inclines and steep descents, lots of hot exposed ridge. Peaceful and serene--SO quiet! Epic views from Canyon Trail and Indian Camp. Where it's not exposed ridge, it's lush, shady, gorgeous forest. Lots of poison oak!! I went from park HQ up Jackson Flats to Canyon, then down Indian Trail/Olmo Fire, and accidentally missed the branch for Doe Ridge Trail/Goat Hill Trail, but it was a lovely trek nonetheless, and Olmo eventually connects up with Goat Hill. Make sure you have a trail map because some of the turns aren't marked. Would be great for backpacking; two campgrounds along the way!

nature trips
Thursday, July 20, 2017

Great you see the elephant seals up close!

Nice and easy trail. Somehow crowded at the beginning.

hiking
Saturday, July 08, 2017

This was a lot of fun. Be sure to get a Viewing Pass from the field house first before you go onto the trail.

The first mile you will be in direct sun and wind. Be sure to wear sunscreen and have a jacket. After the "Boardwalk" area you'll have to navigate about .5 (round trip) of sand dunes to make it to the Bight Beach overlook (which is recommended over South Point. If you want to push forward to North Point it's about an extra mile round trip.

Overall a very easy excursion. Bring water and prepare for sun and sand.

hiking
Thursday, July 06, 2017

The map shows the trail head at the ranger kiosk. Temporary parking only. Proceed farther down to the first picnic area. Take the trail out the back of the picnic area and turn right. Then climb up a beautiful, but steep switch back. There's a view of the Pacific Ocean at the top of the ridge. The rest is a shaded fire road in the Redwoods.

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