Winter is the preferred season to visit this park.
note: This park is connected to Pescadero Creek Park trails system at the upper
section of the ridge. As a result of 2020 summer fires Pescadero Creek Park is
closed to hiker’s access.
I like this park because it offers few loops option that cover both nice
redwood forest and open meadows.
McDonald park is a unique and interesting county park that span on several
different landscapes, lush growth dense redwood forest in the north section; The
ridge slope of less dense forest near the Alpine creek and the grassy open meadows
at the ridge top.
park entrance is at Sam McDonald Park at Pescadero Creek Road, but if you are
coming from hwy 35 skyline ridge you can also use the very small off-road
parking lot at Alpine road at Heritage Grove Trail (on the left side of the
few loop hikes options at the park, and you can combine them into longer loop.
Short hike (3-miles):
last loop option is a short 3 miles hike covering only the north section of the
park underneath the large redwood trees.
parking lot hike on Forest Trail, connect to Old Stage forest maintenance road
and go right (down). Hike Uncle Man Road and Youth Camp Trail back to the
The short loop (4 miles):
at main park parking lot.
1.7 miles Heritage Grove trail east parallel to Alpine Creek and the mountain
ridge. Once reaching Heritage Grove Trail turn right and climb to the ridge.
top of the ridge you will reach the wide Towne Fire Road and the grassy meadows
section of the park.
to Jack Brook Horse Camp, here you can have a rest and eat something.
point you can go directly down by using the Towne Fire Road.
As of Feb.
2021, the Big Tree trail is close for access
extension is going through the north part of the park and will take you into
the large redwood section of the park
Brook Horse Camp keep walking on Ridge Fire road for 1.3 miles. Cross the road
and keep hiking on Old Stage forest maintenance road.
have few options:
the first trail on your right, Forest trail and go back to the parking lot. This
will be additional 2 miles hike and total of 6-mile loop
walking down on Old Stage road and reach Modoc Youth Camp location in the
redwood. From there hike Uncle Man Road and Youth Camp Trail back to the
parking lot. Overall, this will be 6.8 miles hike.