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Tarwater Loop at Pescadero Creek County Park

Great mix of redwoods and Santa Cruz Mountains terrain on this hike near Portola Redwoods State Park.

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Difficulty: Moderate
Length: 7.2 miles
Duration: Half day
Family Friendly

Overview:  This is one of the better redwood hikes in the San Francisco Bay Area -- which is nice because not so long there was no forest left... more »

Tips:  There's enough climbing here to require an ample supply of water and snacks to keep your energy up.

Watch for banana slugs, but... more »

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Points of Interest

1. Portola Redwoods State Park headquarters

If the park is open, you can park here and hike over to the Tarwater Loop via the Pomponio Trail.

2. Tarwater Trailhead

This trailhead is off Alpine Road -- you can shave two and a half miles off this hike by parking here instead of in Portola Redwoods State Park.