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

17 days ago

The views from the campground trails are quite nice, as is the campground itself. Lovely, secluded, wide, sandy beach with excellent surf.

It is now closed, there is parking sort of office of barrier, but also broken car glass from break ins, park at your own risk

Hauntingly beautiful. Such a treat to see the white deer.

We went there with our dog. The trail was ok, it was difficult to see the road it self so we didn’t really know where to go.

I'd rate this easy, not moderate...it's a levee trail after all and so basically level. We actually parked at Sunset State Beach (although you can park on the road side for free) and got to the trail via the 0.6 mile connector on the map. That is a private road through an organic farm and we planned to ask permission but never saw anyone. You could avoid this by entering about a mile up the trail at the Waste Water Treatment Plant where there is a dedicated parking area. The trail is actually a levee road, at least as far as we went to Main St. in Watsonville, mostly dirt but with a short paved section and is wide enough for two bike riders with the Pajaro River on one side and strawberry and cauliflower fields on the other.
Plus: we saw a big bobcat hunting on the river side.
Minus: we got punctures in all four tires from tiny thorns.

Beautiful day, beautiful hike.

on Manresa Beach Trail

4 months ago

Surf Perch.

5 months ago

good quick trail, good inclines, great views for a payoff. two thumbs up.

5 months ago

Super fun for the dogs! The redwoods are beautiful. The creek isn’t very impressive, but enough to cool off the paws. Be sure to give the pups a good bath; lots of ticks and foxtails around. Google maps has the trailhead and parking lot accurately if you put in “Byrne-Milliron Parking Lot.” There are statues and trinkets around that were fun to look at, plus a beautiful vista at AJs.

6 months ago

Whichever direction you do this loop, you are guaranteed a workout. Serious inclines get you to some seriously worthwhile views. The forest is well-maintained and lovely mixed second growth redwood forest, with a very large and very old albino redwood at the end of the Milliron spur, no longer a loop due apparently to logging activity. This is a gem of a place. I love to bring my dogs here and let them run up and down the hills until they’re tired. Bring a pen to sign the book in the mailbox at Eagle in Tree.

This is a great park for families who also go to Manzanita County Park. It is very accessible from towns like Aromas and Prunedale, and has good beginner hiking trails with lots of wildlife to see.

on Byrne Trail

9 months ago

What a happy surprise! We were in the area and wanted a nice little hike to do and boy was this special. Everything about this hike was wonderful, the challenge, the hidden and not so hidden memories of a wonderful man who cared for this land, the views, and the enchanted welcome feeling of the forest. We will definitely do this hike again when we are in the area. Dog friendly!

9 months ago

Nice hike along the ocean. We walked south and up the trail to the entrance to Sunset State (restrooms located here) and back. 4.7 miles. There were a few walkers along the way, with a few people fishing and surfing. Walking in sand can be tough.

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Improved entrance road, all trails open, beautiful time of year. Take the 3 bears loop and the great white redwood tree too. We do this counterclockwise

on Byrne Trail

Sunday, August 27, 2017

Always looking for dog-friendly hikes and this is a good one. Not long but you have good elevation gain. Halfway through you summit with 2 great views. At summit vista binoculars are stowed away for hikers to use (look for a green mailbox).

Warning: tricky to find trailhead!

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Continuous sandy coastline for many miles in both directions. Neither too crowded nor too desolate. Clean and safe to go barefoot. If you walk N to the end of the bay you can climb the stairs, turn left, and walk along some nicely wooded tracks to the beach town of Capitola.

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Nice hike, lots of shade. Part of the hiking trail very narrow and lots of poison oak. Trails poorly marked. Yet the hike is basically up then down. Hard to get lost.

Monday, May 15, 2017

Unfortunately we did not see Samantha's comment below and followed our GPS directions which ended up at the gated and locked bridge. With no cell service we weren't able to check back to this site so no hike for us that day, but we'll try again another time.

Friday, April 28, 2017

Super easy out and back trail. Mostly on a boardwalk do it's great for strollers and wheelchairs. Lots of birds, especially during migration. Very peaceful. The photos featured above are not Kirby Park, they are either Struve or Watsonville Slough. While the parking lot does look pretty sketchy, I think the partying takes place in the evening.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

manresa beach trail is a completely joyous hiking trail, the look, smell, taste of the ocean made for a great ombiance and for suffering from a stroke 12-28-2016 it was perfect for my first hike of the season

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Real ruins of old meadows estate, nice trail scenic route.

Sunday, February 19, 2017

The gate was locked at the road so that is where we and others had to park. It didn't feel very safe to leave our car there. Lots of spray painted signs and empty beer bottles. Otherwise, beautiful scenery.

Saturday, November 12, 2016

Awesome hike. Steep at some points, but great view as a reward.

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Beautiful, did this trail Friday of the labor day weekend, beauty is definitely more than skin deep. from the approach to the park, the redwoods provoking excitement, the majestic redwoods the smell the look the taste, the strength in the quite of the forest, beautiful

Monday, August 15, 2016

Great little hike. Thanks to Jeff, former forest kepper, in his honor suprises are left on trail. I got to enjoy little surprises on the way up and down the mountain too.

Sunday, July 31, 2016

Great trail!

Your GPS will want you to cross a bridge to a gated yard, but keep going and look for address 806, which is a flower and packaging shop on the left about 5 minutes farther. You'll then follow signs for 809.

There is a portapotty at the parking lot.

The trail is great with a lot of side trails. I had a dog with me and she enjoyed climbing up and down the hills. I recommend checking out the vistas and White Redwood Trail while on this loop.

There are some very steep trails here!!

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Enjoyable, easy, paved trail with views of the water and hills. Had a faint musty odor due to the stagnant nature of a slough. Overall, relaxing & fun.

Sunday, May 15, 2016

I followed the trail as it's presented on this site. A great view of Monterey Bay from the top but be advised that parts of the Byrne and ridge top trails are pretty steep. About 830' total elevation gain but it comes in short stretches. Most of the trails are fireroad wide. A few nice surprises along the way. Lots of doggies; people are encouraged to bring them to this park. The 1 mile road coming in is indeed a one laner but you are unlikely to have a problem. There are a few bumps and heaves but my Civic had no problem. Also, watch for ticks; the Byrne trail near the Milliron trail has a lot of overgrown grasses and I met a hiker who picked up a tick.

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