Butano Loop

This is a nice over-nighter off the coast north of Santa Cruz. The trip total is 11 miles with an elevation gain (and subsequently loss) of 1300 feet. Its in Butano state park in the Santa Cruz mountains, and is only about an hour drive from San Jose.


Butano State Park

Notable points are

  • lots of redwoods. I was told this park is much the same way it was a century ago
  • There is an abandoned airfield on the top of the hill above the trail camp
  • The trail camp is really nice, they even hat a pit toilet.
  • We saw lots of poison oak, so watch where you tread 🙂


For more information visit https://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=536

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