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

4 days ago

Enjoy this trail year round but especially in the fall when the foliage is changing. Mostly shaded, not too challenging. You won't see many far off views but there are a couple and the fir forest on the north end of the trail is truly lovely. Preserve maintenance has come through here recently and the trail was very clear of vegetation. Led a hike group here today with several cars; we do a car shuttle and start the hike at the south end so we finish at the north end where we can enjoy our lunch at the picnic tables.

Nice shaded trail. Just a bit hard to find.

Quite a pleasant walk, through woodland. Seeing the deer was a treat.

Great trail! Mostly shaded with some spots out in the open. Signs can be confusing at times, so I used the map on AllTrails to make sure I was headed in the right direction. Definitely some ascending/descending, but not too difficult. Not stroller friendly.

3 months ago

It was a beautiful hike, the only thing I didn’t like it’s that there is not much shade. The views were amazing specially getting to the top.

4 months ago

Nice wooded trails with periodic views towards the bay and pretty wildflowers, flowering bushes and madrone. Lots of healthy poison oak, too. Parking spaces for about 8 cars along Alpine Rd. Many cars parked alongside Willowbrook, also.

There is parking anywhere near by, it’s all private property

good and easy for 4+ years old. lot is shades on the trail. Not suitable for strollers.

Great shaded trail, easy for trail running. The swings along the trail are so cute! Went at noon on Saturday and 9a on Sunday and was able to find parking on Willowbrook Dr near Alpine Rd easily both times.

Nice secluded trail, a little hard to find but a great quiet walk with some great shaded areas. Lots of fun checking out all the different mushrooms!

mountain biking
Tuesday, September 05, 2017

no mountain biking one side of loop - Betsy Crowder trail closed to bikes. Bikers wear helmets - son got $300 ticket from nasty MPOSD ranger.

Monday, July 03, 2017

Great for a family hike with the dog.

Monday, June 19, 2017

Nice trail. Mostly flat with a few hills. It's very overgrown right now so bring bug spray!

very nice hike. lot's of vegetation and lizards. well kept and not too busy

awsome trail, i would rate it as easy instead of hard.

Monday, August 08, 2016

This was a pretty, shaded trail. It most definitely is NOT a difficult hike--maybe moderate difficulty at best (worst?). Either way, I do highly recommend this, but it's important to mention that this area is really used by Portola Valley residents and so there's really no place for plebeians to park. Having said that, it's scarcely hiked and the few folks we saw on the hike were very friendly. :)

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Very well maintained trail, and I didn't see many people her either (on a Sunday afternoon). I started at the Ano Nuevo trailhead near the park entrance, and went on to the Goat hill and Little Butano Creek trails, coming back to the parking lot.

Saturday, August 31, 2013

I was here with 2 other guys this weekend (8/30/13) we took 3 trails up to the trail camp Jackson flats to canyon to Indian and up to camp 5.5ish miles there's a few things to know about this trail there's no water there are streams but they don't really run in summer and 2 its a good hike for me (5'8 250 with a 50 lb pack) it was a challenge but very doable for one of the guys (5'6 160 with a 40 lb pack) in my party not so much he was pretty much dying the whole trip up had to stop for him around 20 or so times and we had to come back a day early because he didn't pack in enough water so what I'm getting at is its not for the inexperienced /out of shape camper .......on to the positive seclusion we didn't see a single person on the trail or in camp beautiful views lots of shade fun hike great camp with a pit toilet camps 8 and 5 have log benches and tables if you hike up to olmo fire road there are beautiful views of the forest

Monday, November 05, 2012

This place is beautiful. I came here all the time as a kid; some of my most fond childhood memories were spent in Butano. It is a good hike and of course kids can do it too :)

Monday, November 05, 2012

This place is beautiful. I came here all the time as a kid; some of my most fond childhood memories. It is a good hike and of course kids can do it too :)

Saturday, July 30, 2011

I spent a week Camping & Hiking with in Butano SP... there are a lot of trails ranging from easy to strenuous....the trails cover most of the park and out of the 6 days i was there i only ran into people 3 times while on the trails..Im going to go back to Butano in a few months to see how it looks in Fall as summer was beautiful

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