"A hike in Portola Redwoods State Park takes you past an ancient 300-foot redwood tree, through first- and second-generation redwood forest, and down shady paths under mixed evergreens lined with ferns and western azaleas. The ample creeks support crawdads and steelhead trout and are the centerpieces of stories of the old lumber days in the canyon. A nature trail guides you to details about the forest. Perhaps the best thing about Portola is that the crowds don’t seem to gather here, so you may have the 18 miles of trails to yourself. Trails Surface: Well-maintained dirt trail, a nature trail, and small stints on a service road and main road." Read more
"A hike in Portola Redwoods State Park takes you past an ancient 300-foot redwood tree, through first- and second-generation redwood forest, and down shady paths under mixed evergreens lined with ferns and western azaleas.
The ample creeks support crawdads and steelhead trout and are central to the stories of the old lumber days in the canyon. A nature trail guides you to details in the forest. Crowds don’t seem to gather on the 18 miles of trails in this off-thebeaten path state park except on the sunniest of summer weekends." Read more
"The cloak of the redwood forest hushes sound, diffuses light, and radiates life. Travel through a dense canopy of regeneration to a shady trail camp, your base for exploring a distant stand of huge old-growth redwoods: the lightly traveled Peters Creek Grove." Read more
"Portola Redwoods State Park’s 3000 acres nestled at the base of Butano Ridge lie along the northeast side of Pescadero Creek on ridges bisected by Peters, Evans, Evergreen, and Slate creeks. Some of the largest redwoods in San Mateo County can be found in its shady canyons. The park adjoins San Mateo County ’s 8027-acre complex of Pescadero Creek, Memorial, and Sam McDonald county parks. On its northeast corner it abuts Long Ridge Open Space Preserve, which lies along the crest of the Santa Cruz Mountains amid thousands of acres of contiguous open space. The park offers miles of hiking trails through stately redwoods and mixed evergreen forests that tie in with these adjoining parks. Across the Old Haul Road the Portola and Basin trails in Pescadero Creek County Park wend their way south for 6.8 miles to Big Basin Redwoods Park. This trail guide includes the following trails: Exploring along Pescadero Creek, Summit and Slate Creek Trails Loop, Coyote Ridge Loop Trail and Upper Coyote Ridge Trail, Tarwater Trail Loop, Peters Creek Loop, Uphill to Long Ridge Open Space Preserve, The Basin Trail to Big Basin Redwoods State Park." Read more