Pescadero Creek - Tarwater Loop

This San Mateo county park is surrounded by Portola State Park, Sam MacDonald County Park and Memorial Park. We’ll do a seven-mile loop through wonderful shaded woods with roughly 1000’ elevation gain. We may see a bit of tar in Tarwater Creek on the Canyon trail. 

Bring a lunch, plenty of water, and warm layers in case its foggy and cool. Heavy rain cancels, but not light rain. Meet at the park-n-ride lot at 9:15 am for car-pooling or meet at the trailhead by 10:15 am. Warning: there are no facilities at the trailhead! 

Getting there (from Page Mill park-n-ride):

• The park-n-ride is just west of the Page Mill exit off I-280 in Palo Alto. Allow 45 minutes for the drive from here to the trailhead. 

• Turn left (west) onto Page Mill Rd, drive 8.6 miles 

• Go straight across Skyline, where Page Mill turns into Alpine Rd, drive 3.5 miles 

• Slight right to stay on Alpine Rd, drive 0.4 miles 

• Slight left onto Camp Pomponio Rd, drive 0.9 miles 

• Meet at Tarwater trailhead parking lot.

Planned Route: Tarwater > Canyon > Bear Ridge > Pomponio > Tarwater

Here is a link to the park map:
https://parks.smcgov.org/sites/parks.smcgov.org/files/Pescadero-SamMcDonald-Memorial-Complex-Map.pdf

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  • Jeannine M.

    Tar in the creek! A natural seep up close and personal. And 10' diameter Redwoods. OH and did I mention it was a beautiful hike? I just did

    May 17

  • Deborah

    Looks like a nice hike. Thanks for leading and posting photos Cathy. I'll announce the next hike when I return in June.

    May 17

  • Cathy

    Six of us enjoyed a mellow beautiful hike among the redwoods at Pescadero. I hope no one got lost trying to find us this morning. We waited till 10:38 am before leaving on the hike and waited 10 minutes at the Park-n-Ride.

    May 17

  • Beth S

    Hi are there dogs allowed on this hike. Thanks

    May 4

    • Cathy

      Dogs are NOT allowed on this hike. The park does not allow dogs.

      May 5

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