Footbridges across Pescadero
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Picnic Area: Group
Campground: Hike & Bike
Dogs Allowed on Leash
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SPECIAL EVENTS: Weddings, family reunions,
company picnics, and other group activities
require a special permit. The Ramada Group
Day-Use Area and the Campfire Center can be
reserved for these events. Groups are limited to
75 people and 25 vehicles. Call (831) 335-3455.
ADDITIONAL PARK INFORMATION:
Be aware that the last six miles of road to the
park are steep, narrow, and winding.
Fill up the gas tank of your vehicle before
driving to this area. The nearest gas station
is 14 miles away in Sky Londa (the
intersection of Hwys. 84 and 35). No
gas is available in the park.
The nearest grocery store is nine
miles away in La Honda (on Hwy. 84)
There is a pay phone outside the
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WILDLIFE: This is a CRUMB-CLEAN
park. Portola is home to the
endangered marbled murrelet, a
seabird that nests in old-growth
forest. The wildlife that is attracted
to your food also preys on the marbled
murrelet. Do not feed the wildlife. Leave
no trace, not even a crumb. Park visitors are
required to stay within arm’s reach of all food,
trash, and any other food items (dirty dishes).
This rule is strictly enforced.
WARNING: Be aware of the presence of
poison oak, stinging nettles, ticks, and
No day-use parking in campground areas.
TRAILS: Free trail maps are provided at the
Visitor Center. Detailed foundation maps can
be purchased for $2 at the Visitor Center. If you
would like to purchase one by mail, please send
a $2 check made out to Portola and Castle Rock
Foundation, and a stamped, self-addressed
envelope to the park’s address.
DAY USE AND PICNICS: Picnic sites and dayuse parking are available year round first-come,
first-served. Picnic tables and barbecue grills are
provided. There is a daily parking fee per vehicle.
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PLEASE RECYCLE: Recycling stations for
aluminum cans, as well as plastic and glass
bottles, are located throughout the park.
Here the rugged terrain of the Santa Cruz Mountains forms a deep canyon with a natural
stream basin of mixed evergreen forest, featuring old and second growth redwoods. Popular
activities include hiking, picnicking, exploring, camping, and backpacking.
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WOOD: Wood collecting, including leaves and
twigs, is not allowed. This material protects the
soil, decaying over time and forming the natural
mulch necessary for the health of the forest.
VEHICLES: The wheels of all
vehicles must stay on pavement.
Park in designated spots only. No
parking along the roads or in any
dirt area. Day users park in Madrone or Tan Oak
RULES AND REGULATIONS
Because of the many visitors to this fragile area, the
cooperation of everyone is needed to preserve the
qualities that make Portola Redwoods State Park
a very special place. Please remember to follow
these rules and regulations.
HOURS: The park is open at 6 a.m.
for hiking and picnicking and closes at
sunset (including all trails). Only
registered campers in designated
campsites may remain overnight.
QUIET TIME: Quiet hours are 10 p.m. to 6 a.m.
radios off, voices lowered to a whisper. Voices
carry at night, and sound seems to be magnified
in the still of the forest. Generators may operate
from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. only. During the day,
outside of “quiet hours,” electronic equipment,
machinery, or other devices must be used at
a low enough volume that the sound does not
extend beyond your campsite or picnic area.
DOGS: Dogs must be on leash
(maximum 6 feet length) at all times
and kept inside your tent or vehicle
at night. Dogs are allowed on paved
roads (campgound roads, the park
entrance road, the service road
between the Campfire Center
and the Pescadero Bridge, and
on Upper and Lower Escape
Roads). Dogs are not allowed
on trails, at any of the creeks,
or in the county parks.
FIRES: Fires must
be completely out
when not being
Scooters, skates, and skateboards are
FISHING: All of Portola’s streams are closed
to fishing. All stream life, including crayfish, is
WEAPONS: Firearms, spears, bows and arrows,
and slingshots are prohibited.
HAMMOCKS or other lines may not be hung from
trees less than 12 inches in diameter. Hammocks
cannot be hung from any oak tree.
GAMES: Ball games, Frisbee,
badminton, and similar activites
must be safe and not damage or
impact natural resources. No bats,
hardballs, nets, airsoft weapons, paint ball
guns, or horseshoes. If in doubt, please ask staff.
BICYCLING: Bicycles are restricted
to the paved roads and are not
allowed on Portola’s trails. Riders
under 18 years of age must wear a helmet.
Helmets are recommended for adults.
OLD HAUL ROAD FOR BICYCLING: Access to
the Old Haul Road in Pescadero County Park is
via the Service Road (one mile). Turn right (west)
for a five-mile ride through the redwoods to
Memorial County Park.
Return by the same
route (10-mile roundtrip on a dirt road).
There are also trails
open to bicycles in
Open Space District
located along Skyline
Check-in time is 2 p.m.
Check-out time is noon.
PAY SHOWERS are
located in the Main
FAMILY DRIVEIN CAMPSITES:
campsites are in the
(limit 8 people
per site, including
children). The fee includes
your first vehicle. There is a
fee for additional vehicles.
Campgrounds are closed
November through March.
GROUP CAMPS: All group camps are for
tents only, no RVs, motor homes,
or trailers and require a 50- to
200-yard walk from their parking
areas. Reservations are required.
Reserve group camps by calling (800)
444-7275. Limits on the number of persons,
including children, are strictly enforced.
• The Point and Circle Group Campgrounds
each have a 50-person and 12-car limit.
Circle and Point are adjacent to each other.
Ravine Group Campground has a
25-person and 6-car limit.
Hillside Group Campground has a
50-person and 12-car limit. Ravine and
Hillside are adjacent to each other.
TRAIL CAMPS: Six campsites are available
at Slate Creek Trail Campground,
a three-mile hike from park
headquarters. Trail camps can be
reserved by calling the trail camp
reservation number at Big Basin
Redwoods State Park, (831) 338-8861, during
weekday business hours. Fires are prohibited,
but backpack stoves are allowed. Water must
be packed in or purified from nearby Slate
Creek, about 1/4 mile from camp. No dogs
allowed at trail camps.
ADDITIONAL CAMPGROUND RULES:
When you have registered and
paid for one or more campsites,
you must occupy them by setting
up equipment in each one, so
others will know the sites have
been claimed. Failure to do this
may result in your having to pick a
different site when others claim a
site left vacant.
There are no RV hookups. The
maximum length is 21 feet for
trailers and 24 feet for motorhomes.
RV sites are numbers 4, 7, 8, 9,
JUVENILES: Juveniles (under 18
years of age) not camping with a
parent or legal guardian must have
written permission to camp here.
Permission forms must include the park name, name
of the juvenile, dates they are staying, and the name,
address, phone number, and signature of parent.
Children under 15 years of age may not camp without
a parent present.
CAMPING RESERVATIONS: Reservations are
required for all campsites. If you do not have a
reservation, check at the park office for a list of
available sites. You may register for only one night at
a time for a listed available site. You may not register
for a site reserved by someone else. You may make
camping reservations by calling (800) 444-7275 (TTY
800-274-7275). To make online reservations, visit our
camping website at www.parks.ca.gov.
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