Portola Redwoods Park Hikes

For a Portola Rewoods Ste Park brochure, click here.

For more detail, download the “Easy to Moderate” Hiking Guide for the first four hikes listed, or download the “Moderate to Strenuous” Hiking Guide for the last three hikes listed.

Old Tree

  • Hiker
  • 1/2 Mile Roundtrip
What this Hike Offers:

This popular, easy trail is close to the campground and offers a view of one of the largest trees in the park. Interpretive signs posted along the trail provide information about Redwood ecology. Big logs are habitats for banana slugs and showcase the role of decomposition in the forest.

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Sequoia Nature Trail

  • Hiker
  • 3/4 Mile Roundtrip
What this Hike Offers:

There is a free, self-guided interpretive brochure available in the Visitor Center that corresponds with markers on this trail. This popular walk offers cool, streamside shade and old-growth Redwoods. Interesting plant life includes riparian species such as ferns, azaleas, box elder and leopard lillies.

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Tip Toe Falls / Iverson

  • Hiker
  • 1 1/4 Miles Roundtrip
What this Hike Offers:

Trail offers habitat diversity – riparian, Redwood forest, swamp – and access to a year-round six foot waterfall with wading pool.

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Coyote Ridge & Slate Creek / Summit Trail

  • Hiker
  • 5 Mile Loop
What this Hike Offers:

The Coyote Ridge Trail climbs through mixed hardwood-evergreen forest, offering morning and evening wildlife viewing. Spot many fruiting funghi species from September to May after rains.The Slate Creek Trail climbs to the Summit Creek Trail, returning through a beautiful oak-madrone grove.

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Upper Coyote Ridge & West Tarwater

  • Hiker
  • 6.2 Miles Roundtrip
What this Hike Offers:

Coyote Ridge climbs, with westward-facing views of the Pescadero watershed. The west part of the Tarwater Loop follows the creek named for the crude oil which bubbles up from underground. Trail passes through an open area good for birdwatching and passes an abandoned cabin in a eucalyptus grove.

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Old Haul Road

  • Hiker Bicycle
  • 10 Miles Roundtrip
What this Hike Offers:

Old Haul Road is an unpaved, five-mile toad linking Portola Redwoods to Pescadero Creek County Park. It’s one of the most scenic beginner bicycle rides in the area; hikers might enjoy pairing Old Haul Road with Pomponio Trail to make a 10-mile loop through the Pescadero Creek watershed.

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Peters Creek

  • Hiker
  • 13 Miles Roundtrip
What this Hike Offers:

Peters Creek Loop passes through a seldom-seen area, home to some of the regions oldest Redwood trees including the 285 foot tall Patriarch Tree. Hikers access the Loop by hiking 2.5 miles on the Slate Creek Trail and then bearing left for 3.5 miles on the Bear Creek Trail to the one-mile Peters Creek Loop. The length of the hike and availability of the Slate Creek Trail Camp where the Slate Creek and Bear Creek Trails meet, make the Peters Creek Loop an excellent overnight packing destination.

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