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San Jose, California
June 30, 2012
Portola Redwoods
& Pescadero Creek County Park
San Mateo County
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Portola Redwoods
June 30, 2012
10:00 AM

Big Tree

Come join us for what may be the last day open for this beautiful park. Portola Redwoods State Park - one of the 70 state parks scheduled for closure - is located in a deep canyon in the Santa Cruz mountains containing stands of coastal redwoods, live oak, and Douglas Fir (all of which we will experience on this hike) and two picturesque creeks: Pescadero and Peters. Critters that call the park home include black-tail deer, raccoons, gray squirrels, coyotes, and mountain lions while coho salmon & steelhead can be found in Pescadero Creek.

Trail 1

This is a loop hike; after a quick jaunt on the Iverson Trail, we will start heading up Coyote Ridge Trail. After veering left on Upper Coyote Ridge Trail we will enter Pescadero Creek County Park, after ~ 1 mile we will begin heading back down on the Tarwater Loop Trail transitioning from oak woods to douglas fir and second-growth redwoods. We will have our meeting at the ruins of an old shingle mill in the redwood grove. After the meeting, we will head back to Portola Redwoods State Park via the Pomponio Trail paralleling Pescadero Creek before linking up with the Iverson Trail near the trailhead. The trailhead is across the street from the Madrone Day Use area

Trail 2

Walking the Walk

Trail 3

Level: 3.0       Miles: 6       Elevation: 1100 ft       Host: Justin N.

Big Tree 2


From San Jose, take 280 North to the Page Mill Rd. exit and head west. Page Mill Rd will turn into Alpine Road after it crosses Hwy 35. After crossing Hwy 35 continue west for 3.5 miles to Portola State Park Road Continue three more miles on Portola State Park Road to the entrance kiosk. Park in the Madrone Parking Area.

We will meet in the Madrone Day Use Area which is off of Portola State Park Road just before the Visitor Center.

Drive Time 1 Hour 15 Minutes - Parking $6.00 - Dogs not allowed


Know Before You Go:

Long pants suggested due to poison oak in some spots.

No Dogs Allowed
Dress appropriately, layers are suggested
Bring some food and plenty of water
Flush bathrooms at Madrone Day Use Area