Top Adventures in Pescadero

  • Hike the Ben Hollow Beach Trail

    The Bean Hollow Trail is a fun and simple 1.7 mile out and back hike. Lots of cool dogs (all of them on leash). Easy drive from San Fran, Palo Alto, San Jose or anywhere in between. Check out Smugglers Cove when you go past it! Watch for whales, s...

    1.7 miles 68 ft gain

  • Catch a Sunset at Bean Hollow State Beach

    There are a bunch of places to photograph this beach if you head north on the trail that runs along the beach.There is parking at the beach but it can fill up quickly!The only warning you need is about the tide. Make sure you are watching it the e...

  • Hike the Little Butano Creek Trail

    This short hike follows Little Butano Creek through a lush redwood forest. The trail crosses the creek multiple times as you walk over redwood pine needles and through pockets of ferns. Dogs can join on this trail, but must be on leash.

    1.5 miles

  • Camp at Butano State Park

    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. R...

  • Hike the Canyon Rim Route in Butano State Park

    Located deep within the Santa Cruz Mountains, Butano State Park boasts a large redwood canyon with many miles of hiking trails as well as campsites. This state park is one of the quietest and least visited parks on the peninsula making a perfect p...

    11.7 miles

  • Hike the Año Nuevo and Goat Trail Loop

    This steep and winding trail takes you to the top of a ridge where you can see the Pacific coastline and the redwoods piercing through the forest canopy. To do this trail connect the Ano Nuevo Trail, Olmo Fire Road, Goat Trail and the Six Bridges ...

    5.1 miles

  • Stroll along the Southern Beaches at San Gregorio State Beach

    Not a trail per se, but approximately 3 miles (down and back) of beautiful beach to walk down. Lots of interesting caves, wild animals, and rock formations to discover. This is a popular location for sea kayakers. San Gregorio State Beach was orig...

    2.9 miles 413 ft gain

  • Explore the Pidgeon Point Lighthouse

    Pidgeon Point Lighthouse is conveniently located just 50 miles south of San Francisco. Constructed in 1872 and standing at 115 feet, it is among the tallest lighthouse in America.Part of the state park system, it is surprisingly secluded. Numerous...

  • Exploring Big Sur to Pigeon Point

    We started off in Big Sur and took as many pull-off viewpoints as possible between Big Sur and the final destination, Pigeon Point Lighthouse. The weather was foggy in some spots but would open up to reveal the vast Pacific Ocean and sun in others...

  • Camp Under the Redwoods at Memorial Park

    With old growth redwoods and a creek swimming area, Memorial Park is a perfect escape from the hustle and bustle of the Bay Area. Memorial Park is only a few miles east of the town of Pescadero. To get here, you can either approach from Highway 1 ...

  • Bike Pescadero Creek County Park

    Pescadero Creek County Park and the connected Sam McDonald and Memorial Park are located deep in the Santa Cruz Mountains holding a vast network of secluded trails. From biking to backpacking, this area is a perfect place for a day or weekend adve...

    12.5 miles 1350 ft gain

  • Backpack Sam McDonald Park

    The Pescadero Creek Park Complex is a great place to escape for a day or overnight hike in the heart of the Bay Area. You will need to get a permit to stay overnight - these can be attained on a first-come, first-serve basis from the ranger statio...

    6 miles

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