We love this part of this park, where there's hardly ever another soul besides us out there hiking. The solitude also means no bathrooms, sinks, tables, benches, etc., but you will really get to be alone out in nature! 3:30 start time is from trailhead; we will depart our house at 2:30 and depart Page Mill Park and Ride at 2:45, [we get an email saying you'll meet us there. ]
Please note that the hike does NOT start from the main part of Pescadero Creek County Park. We will be doing at least a part of the moderate route proposed by Tom Mangan at
Excerpts from Tom's website:
Moderate: Canyon Trail’s ancient and newborn redwoods are a must-see. From the Tarwater trail head parking lot, cross Camp Pomponio Road, and take the Tarwater Loop Trail to the east end of Canyon Trail. Hiking all of Canyon Trail is a 7.8-mile out-and-back; turn back sooner if that’s beyond your range.
MAP: [Printing your own copy highly recommended] http://www.co.sanmateo.ca.us/Attachments/parks/Files/Park%20Maps%20in%20PDF/Pescadero-Sam%20McDonald-Memorial%20Complex%20Map.pdf
We usually end up mildly lost and meandering here, though as you can tell we've always gotten back alive and quite content with our outing.
Tarwater Loop trail head: From I-280, take Page Mill Road 8.6 miles to Highway 35, cross the road and continue on Alpine Road for 3.8 miles. Turn left onto Camp Pomponio Road (there’s a park sign on the left), follow it to parking lot.
a. Our house in Sunnyvale, 2:30.
b. Park and Ride lot at Page Mill Road and 280, 2:45. IF YOU HOPE TO CARPOOL WITH RON AND KATHLEEN, PLEASE LET US KNOW AS WE WILL not STOP AT THE PARK AND RIDE UNLESS WE RECEIVE AN EMAIL SAYING YOU WILL BE THERE.
There are no good spots to stop and picnic -- no tables or benches -- so bring something easy to eat trailside. (Lamentably, we won't be toting the usual cloth tablecloth and accessories for a trailside feast.)