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Pescadero, California

Camp at Butano State Park

Originally added by Nicholas Ellis

One of the quietest and remote parks in Santa Cruz. Beautiful redwood groves and great hiking. Only 15 minutes from the beach. 21 Drive-in and 18 Walk-in campsites.

Butano State Park definitely flies under the radar. But for those who love quick escapes, small crowds, fun hikes, and beautiful redwoods, it's a favorite. The park features miles of hiking trails, 21 drive-in campsites and 18 walk-in campsites. Restrooms with running water are provided. Drinking water is available at the park in both the campground and in the day use areas. There are no showers.

I recommend the Año Nuevo Trail hike, a tricky narrow and steep trail that ascends from the park's lowest elevation along a creek, through Douglas fir, redwoods, hazelnut, creambush, and thimbleberry. The trail meets a rolling ridgeline fire road that allows a few loops; Goat Hill or Doe Ridge Trail are fine choices. Unless you really object to walking on pavement, the park road makes a decent easy circuit when combined with Creek Trail.

Book at ReserveAmerica. To learn more about camping here, check out the CA.gov.

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Hiking
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Forest
Scenic

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