DISTANCE: APPROX. 6-7 Miles
Portola Redwoods has a rugged, natural basin forested with Coast Redwoods, Douglas Firs and Live Oaks. There are eighteen miles of trails, a 53 site campground, four group campsites and two beautiful creeks, the Pescadero and Peter's Creek, that run throughout the park.
From Portola State Park Visitors' Center, we'll take the Slate Creek Trail and visit the Old Tree and Page Mill Site along the way. We'll return via the Summit Trail with a possible visit to TipToe Falls before we return to the Visitors' Center. Allow 3 1/2 to 4 hours with time for a snack along Slate Creek or at the backpackers' campground. Expect moderate elevation changes and single-track trails. Boots and hiking sticks will be helpful.
General Directions to the Park: From Highway 35, turn west onto Alpine Road, go 3 miles, and turn onto Portola State Park Road. The road dead ends in the park. Use low gear as both these roads are steep and winding. Park across from the Visitors' Center. Disclaimer! These directions are taken from the State Park website and may not work for everyone. You can get directions from your point of origination at the following link: http://www.parks.ca.gov/Lat_Long_Map/?page_id=539 .
Carpool: Meet 8:00 AM at 4th Street in Saratoga (Behind the Plumbed Horse Restaurant). Turn right on 4th Street and it's the parking lot on the left.)
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