Year round, the best time is during winter when everything is green and lush,
even when it rains the large redwood forest protect you from the direct rain or
note 1: When I’m writing this blog (Jan 2021) all the other Pescadero Creek Park
Complex are still close to visitors, as a result of the wildfires of 2020
summer, so you can’t hike out of Portola boundaries.
note 2: This is state park so need to pay 10$ entry fee, bring cache with you
because office is not open as it used to be, pay by envelop…
note 3: The park has a large campsites and picnic areas and it also have remote
backpackers camping option.
thoughts: I visit this park many times, also using it as a starting point for my
hikes to the surrounding parks in Pescadero Creek. Unfortunately, all county
parks are close due to the fires of 2020 summer. I really like the long hike to
the Redwood grove.
Short hike (1.4 mile, Red
on the map):
few hiking options near Pescadero river at the lower section of the park.
the Park Office and small Visitor Center take Iverson trail. Do not continue
Pomponio or Coyote trails (close due to the fires) but keep going down all the
way to the river crossing.
need to cross the river, during summer there is a small bridge, but it is
removed at winter, usually it is possible to cross the Pescadero Creek by rocks-crossing
without wetting your shoes.
on Iverson trail on the other side of the river and turn left at the Trail to
Tiptoe Falls, cross the river back to the north side and climb to the road. Here
you can go back to the visitor center.
miles hiking addition can be to turn right on the road until you reach summit
trail, turn left and start to climb the ridge. Once connecting to trail turn
left on Slate Creek trail and go back down to the main road.
Peter’s Creek Redwood
grove loop at Bear Creek (12 miles, Blue on the map):
one of my favorite redwood groves hike.
its location, relatively deep in the canyon 5 miles away from the visitor
center, not many people hike to this place, even at weekends you may have it
all to yourself.
the Park Office walk on the park road to Old Tree trail on your left. Soon after
you get into the trail turn left into Slat Creek trail, from here the trail moderately
climbed to the ridge.
Summit trail on your right keep hiking until you will reach the large trail
opening at Salt Creek Trail wilderness campground (2.7 miles from the road).
left on the main wide trail that clearly signed as Bear Creek trail, the trail keeps
climbing for another 1.4 miles until you will reach the hike highest point. At
this section of the trail, around ½ miles from the campsite, you can see an old
rusty car in the woods on your right (easier to spot it on your way back), not
clear how the car reach this remote place many years ago.
point the trail sharply descends into the creek, after 1.2 miles you will reach
Bear Creek crossing.
for short distance on the other side of the creek and you will reach Peter’s
Creek Redwood grove loop on the main creek.
1-mile loop that will take you along Peter creek (has running water year-round),
surrounded by the huge redwood trees. At the loop it is not so much important which
direction you will take, I always turn left and doing the loop counterclockwise.
this magic place at the creek, you need to climb your way back up to the
ridgetop crossing and from there all the way back to the park headquarter.