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This loop takes you through two parks in the heart of the Pescadero watershed, and some of the healthiest, continuous forest on the Peninsula.
As you walk, look for for black-tailed deer, raccoons, and mountain lions. And if you're really lucky you may spot endangered marbled murrelet, which nest within the park.
Pescadero Creek Park sits on top a deposit of natural gas and oil. Occasionally, crude oil pools up in the channel of Tarwater Creek and natural gas bubbles up through seams near Hoffman Creek. In the 1970s, oil exploration was attempted but failed.
The park is part of an 8020 acre parkland area which also includes Sam McDonald and Memorial county parks. It is also adjacent to Portola Redwoods State park, where POST protected about 120 acres in 1990, adding even more beautiful forested trails to explore. This loop hike takes you briefly into Portola Redwoods State Park, before returning to Pescadero Creek Park for the majority of the hike.