Explore the most popular wild flowers 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.

hiking
1 month 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
3 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
5 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
5 months ago

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

The steep hike up at the start of Año Nuevo trail was the perfect way to begin 2018! I didn't download the hike and just used the paper copy at the Ranger station. I got off track a bit around the Ben Ries campground, but walking on the road the last bit of the way wasn't bad. Super serene, sweet hike.

hiking
7 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
7 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
7 months ago

Amazing area when the Elephant Seals are there...

hiking
7 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
7 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

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.

hiking
10 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
10 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.

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
11 months ago

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.

Detailed Blog: http://shompens.com/canvas/1482451452231

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

hiking
11 months ago

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
11 months ago

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.

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
11 months ago

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.

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Perfect view, but part of the trail is sandy! So, be prepared to have full shoes of sand!

Enjoyed the hike and quick climb in altitude.

backpacking
Monday, May 22, 2017

Fun hike! Camped at the Butano trail camps, the campsites are nice, spaced well apart, there are bear boxes and a toilet, which is nice. Beautiful setting, a lush trail through ferns and redwoods is hard to beat.

hiking
Monday, May 01, 2017

Hiked this trail in late April. Many wildflowers at the higher elevations, including huckleberries and beds of forget-me-nots. Redwoods and shallow stream were great fun for kids. Only giving 4 stars due to the thickets on the way up, which are hard on the kids.

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