Año Nuevo Trail is a hiking trail in San Mateo County, California. It is within Butano State Park. It is 1.1 miles long and begins at 220 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 2.2 miles with a total elevation gain of 1,024 feet. The visitor center information is near the trailhead. There is also parking. Along the trail there are a bench and a pipeline.
Año Nuevo Trail Professional Reviews and Guides
"Although this park was created to protect elephant seals and other marine mammals, Año Nuevo is an incredibly restorative destination for humans as well. On this hike you can enjoy fresh sea air, views of the shoreline and mountains, and birdcalls. If you’re lucky and the season is right, you might glimpse seals and sea lions basking on the sandy beaches."
--Jane Huber, 60 Hikes within 60 Miles: San Francisco (Menasha Ridge Press).
"Best known for its northern elephant seal rookery, this interesting unit of the state park system has extremely varied natural features as well as human history that will fascinate all visitors. The State of California purchased Año Nuevo Island and a strip of adjacent mainland in l958 to create the reserve, which now has been expanded to include over 4000 acres of coastal mountains, bluffs, dunes, and beaches. The section of the reserve where the elephant seals breed is restricted to public access by guided tours (from December 1 to March 31)or by permit (from April 1 to November 30).Park rangers and docents are in the reserve to assist visitors in the restricted area. No access is allowed to Año Nuevo Island. This trail guide includes the following trails: Five Walks to Ano Nuevo Beaches, Whitehouse Ridge Trail."
--Jean Rusmore, Betsy Crowder, Frances Spangle, & Sue LaTourrette, Peninsula Trail: Hiking & Biking Trails on the San Francisco Peninsula (Wilderness Press).
"Largest gathering of elephant seals on the California coast"
--Laure Latham, Best Hikes with Kids: San Francisco Bay Area (The Mountaineers Books).
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