Pescadero Super Loop

Pescadero Creek Park, together Sam MacDonald Park and Memorial Park, form the Pescadero Complex of county parks in the central Santa Cruz Mountains. The scenery is gorgeous and varied, including lush redwood forest, ridge vistas, grassy meadows, and stream crossings. In addition, there were two sections of old growth, one along Canyon Trail, and the other at Shaw Flat. The trail network in these parks is well planned and well maintained. On this day, Gary Gellin and I did a 20.2 mile loop with 3,850 feet of climbing, and were joined by Brian on the first 9 miles of the run. We grabbed water at the Hikers Hut in Sam MacDonald (mile 7.2) and the Portola Redwoods Visitor Center (mile 14). The weather was unbeleivable for mid-November and I was able to leave the shirt behind from the start at 8 am. Enjoy the photographs!

Pescadero Creek

Pescadero Creek, photo by Gary Gellin

Brook Loop Views

View from Brook Loop

Towne Fire Trail and Jack Brook Camp

Towne Fire Trail and Jack Brook Camp

Old growth along the Canyon Trail

Old growth along the Canyon Trail

Beautiful scene on the Tarwater Trail, photo by Gary Gellin

An abandoned rustic shed makes for a beautiful scene on the Tarwater Trail, photo by Gary Gellin

Gorgeous Views on the Tarwater Loop, photo by Gary Gellin

Gorgeous Views on the Tarwater Loop, photo by Gary Gellin

Open douglas fir forest on the Coyote Ridge Trail

Open douglas fir forest on the Coyote Ridge Trail

Old growth at Shaw Flat

Old growth at Shaw Flat

Giant Redwoods at Shaw Flat

Giant Redwoods at Shaw Flat

Shaw Flat

Shaw Flat

Pescadero Creek at Shaw Flat

Pescadero Creek at Shaw Flat

Route Itinerary:

  • Old Haul Road Trail
  • Pomponio Trail
  • Brook Loop Trail
  • Towne Fire Road
  • Big Tree Trail
  • Heritage Grove Trail
  • Brook Loop Trail
  • Canyon Trail
  • Tarwater Loop Trail
  • Coyote Ridge Trail
  • Iverson Trail
  • Pomponio Trail
  • Shaw Flat Trail
  • Old Haul Road Trail
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One thought on “Pescadero Super Loop

  1. Hello,
    I really enjoy your website have been to many of the same places and your photos are very nice. Was just wondering if you could tell me the closest location to where this rustic cabin on the Tarwater Trail is, I don’t recall ever seeing it I’ve hiked this area so many times it’s has me a bit confused.
    Thanks,
    David

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