Butano Creek Road

Butano State Park, California

Distance0.8mi
Elevation Gain487ft
Trailhead Elevation474ft
Top654ft
Elevation Min/Max467/654ft
Elevation Start/End474/474ft
Butano Creek Road is a hiking, biking, and horse trail in San Mateo County, California. It is within Butano State Park. It is 0.8 miles long and begins at 474 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 1.6 miles with a total elevation gain of 487 feet. The Ben Ries Campground camp site is near the trailhead. This trail connects with the following: Goat Hill Trail Connector, Goat Hill Trail and Little Butano Creek Trail.

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"Somewhat isolated from most Bay Area cities, yet only one hour south of San Francisco on Highway 1,Butano has retained its charm as a quiet getaway for campers and hikers, as well as for mountain bike enthusiasts. Once the home of indigenous Ohlone Indians, and later of settlers who logged the lush mountains heavily, it now is undergoing a constant recovery as the second-growth redwoods regain the majesty of their ancestors. While most trails inside the park are off-limits to bicycles, fire roads around the park periphery permit mountain bikers to experience the beauty of the mountains from the ridges above."

"Somewhat isolated and difficult to get to from most Bay Area cities, Butano State Park has retained its charm for campers and hikers as well as mountain bike enthusiasts. Once the home of the Ohlone Indians and later, of settlers who logged the lush mountains heavily, it now is undergoing a constant recovery as the second-growth redwoods regain the majesty of their ancestors. While most trails inside the park are off-limits to bicycles, fire roads around the park periphery permit mountain bikers to experience the beauty of the mountains from the ridges above."

"In the secluded wilderness of 3,560-acre Butano State Park you have the opportunity to walk miles under pillared groves of coastal redwoods. As a matter of fact, most of this hike is under the shade of trees that insulate you from the outside world. Stop on numerous wooden bridges to admire cascading and gurgling creeks. Take in views from the contrasting high ridges among dry manzanita and knobcone pines. There you see an unforgettable picture of the densely wooded Santa Cruz Mountains before the sweeping Pacific Ocean. The camping here is great, the crowds minimal. This eTrail also includes suggested nearby attractions, camping & lodging, restaurants, and local outdoor retailers."

"Walk along a creek at the bottom of a redwood canyon"

"Little Butano Creek slices westward in a narrow defile almost completely protected within Butano (BOO-tahno) State Park. Less than 4 miles long yet brimming with ecological diversity, the canyon contains an isolated and diverse world representative of the entire region. A lightly used trail camp and a loop hike almost exclusively on singletrack make this an alluring trip."

"Not the smallest or the largest of state parks, nor the most isolated, 3500-acre Butano State Park nevertheless has a special quality of solitude, and after short acquaintance one can get a feel for the whole park as a unit, despite its diverse habitats. Centered around the valley of Little Butano Creek, with riparian habitat along its banks, the slopes of the park rise gently on three sides, enclosing the park between ridges that form the watershed of this pretty stream. Circumnavigate the Park, To an Overlook and Some Unusual Habitats, Little Butano Creek Trail."

"In the secluded wilderness of 3,560-acre Butano State Park, you have the opportunity to walk miles under pillared groves of coastal redwoods. As a matter of fact, most of this hike is under the shade of trees that insulate you from the outside world. Stop on numerous wooden bridges to admire cascading and gurgling creeks. Take in views from the contrasting high ridges among dry manzanita and knobcone pines. From the ridges you see an unforgettable picture of the densely wooded Santa Cruz Mountains and the sweeping Pacific Ocean. The camping here is great, the crowds minimal. Trails Surface: Single- and doubletrack dirt trails featuring many wooden bridges crossing creeks."

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6/24/2007
A pretty hike, but not a must see. A map can be bought at the ranger station for .50. It helped, but we got lost at the end of the route...It was confusing - map vs trail signs .
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6/10/2007
This trail was a VERY pleasant surprise. We were in Pescadero and decided to give it a shot. The climb up Butano FR is a very easy, gradual and consistent grade. Great ocean and valley views from the peak. The descent down Olmo Trail is steeper but not really technical (despite what the guide says) and is well groomed with some loose gravel in spots. Our gang agreed it was one of the better downhill runs around. Feel free to let it rip as we found no surprises to throw you. Definitely do this ride in the clockwise direction as the guide recommends. It took us 2 hours and we didn't even push it. We saw 2 other riders all day. Enjoy!!!
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