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This long hike follows the rim of a secluded canyon full of second-growth redwoods.
Sticky monkey flower, coast live oak, expansive views.
For a great hike (11.7 mile, 1,700 ft. elevation, mix of shade and sun) take Jackson Flats Trail to Butano Fire Road, Olmo Fire Road, Doe Ridge Trail, Goat Hill Trail, Little Butano Creek Trail, and finally the Main Park Road.
A little-known part of Butano State Park, the Butano Fire Road offers spectacular lookouts and access to the old system of logging roads and trails in the Santa Cruz Mountains. In 2000, POST transferred 903 acres of its Cloverdale Coastal Ranches to Butano State Park, where this gravel road begins. About half a mile up the trail, the road opens up with a view of Blue House Farm and other agricultural fields, coastal scrub and grasslands on Cloverdale.
Another mile up it turns into a Douglas fir and redwood forest with views of chalky, eroding rock faces. At the junction with Butano State Park/Jackson Flats Trail, there is a panoramic view of the Santa Cruz Mountains with the ocean in the distance.