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Pescadero Creek County Park: Brook Trail Loop

Redwoods on the Brook Trail. Pescadero Creek does "misty forest" very well.

A satisfying half-day hike featuring long valley views, skyscraping redwoods and a delightful mini-gorge complete with a waterfall built to scale.

Whitehouse Ridge Trail

The view of Point Ano Nuevo from the Whitehouse Ridge Trail. Allison Titus photo.

There's more to Año Nuevo than elephant seals.

Ridge Trail–Fall Creek Trail

Fall Creek Trail, just north of the junction with South Fork Trail. Hilltromper photo.

Looking for a quick getaway or workout? This lollipop satisfies with a good 500-foot climb to a lofty redwood-lined ridge before descending to picturesque Fall Creek and following it back to the start of the loop.

Sequoia Audubon Trail

The wetlands that lie just inland from Pescadero State Beach are pretty easy on the eyes. Be careful, though—the stuff in the foreground is poison oak, and there's lots of it. Hilltromper photo.

Wander through marshes on this one-of-a-kind walk at Pescadero State Beach where nature is king.

River Trail at Henry Cowell

The San Lorenzo River viewed from the River Trail just before the train trestle. Hilltromper photo.

An easy to moderate two-mile trail along the San Lorenzo River in Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park.

Vernal Ridge Trail

Nice views at this Moore Creek Preserve, no? Hilltromper photo.

Great views without busting your arse.

Hike to the Loma Prieta Epicenter

It's exciting in an existential sense. Photo by Fogcat5/Creative Commons.

A six-mile hike in Nisene Marks State Park to the epicenter of the Loma Prieta earthquake of 1989.

Five Fingers Loop

The striking markings of the bufflehead are a common sight on Five Fingers Loop. Photo by Bill Bouton via Wikimedia.

1.5 miles; 1 hour; easy
An easy foray into a corner of the park favored by avian life.

Observation Deck Hike

The Observation Deck at Henry Cowell overlooks rare sandhill habitat and offers huge views of the mountains and the sea. Photo by Hilltromper.

4 miles RT; 2 hours; moderate (550 ft. elev. gain)
Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park

Berry Creek Falls from Waddell Beach

The lower half of the Skyline-to-the-Sea Trail—basically a fire road between Waddell Beach and Berry Creek Falls — follows West Waddell Creek. Hilltromper photo.

12 miles RT; 600 ft elevation gain; 4-5 hours; moderate to strenuous
Skyline-to-the-Sea Trail from Waddell Beach to Berry Creek Falls Trail in Big Basin