Portola Redwoods State Park
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The park is in a rugged, natural basin forested with coast redwoods, Douglas fir and live oak. Eighteen miles of trails crisscross the canyon and several streams, notably Slate Creek, Peters Creek and Pescadero Creek. Trails also connect to trails in adjacent parks. The Sequoia Self-guided Nature Trail and Old Tree Trail introduce visitors to the natural history of the area. The park has one of the tallest redwoods (over 300 feet high) in the Santa Cruz Mountains.
Note: Fill your gas tank before driving to the park. Closest gas is 14 miles from the park, in Sky Londa. Closest store is 9 miles from the park in La Honda.
From San Jose and Santa Cruz take Hwy 9 to Hwy 35. Drive North on Hwy 35 and turn left on Alpine Road. Take Alpine Road to Portola State Park Road. Check in at the park office which is located 1 mile inside the park on the main road. The road dead ends at Portola. Use low gear on Alpine and Portola State Park roads as they are steep and winding.
From the peninsula, take Hwy 280 to Hwy 84. Take Hwy 84 west to Hwy 35. Drive south on Hwy 35 and turn right on Alpine Road. Take Alpine Road to Portola State Park Road. Check in at the park office which is located 1 mile inside the park on the main road. The road dead ends at Portola. Use low gear on Alpine and Portola State Park Roads as they are steep and winding.
- Picnic Areas
- Visitor Center
- Visitor’s Center
- Picnic Areas
Layered clothing recommended due to changing weather conditions.
Family and children’s programs between Memorial and Labor Day weekend
Portola Redwoods offers 52 regular campsites, four group camps and and four walk-in sites on a seasonal basis.
Campsites are $35 per night. They are available on a first-come-first-served basis from April 1 to May 21, and Sept. 2 through Nov. 30. Reservations through Reserve America are available from April 1 to Oct. 31 by calling 800-444-7275. These sites may be reserved seven months in advance for May 22 through Sept. 1. Reservations are needed for weekends and holidays. Limit 8 people per site.
RVs: There are no hook-ups; maximum length is 21′ feet for trailers, 24 feet for motor homes.
Backpacking Trail Camps are open April 1 to Nov. 30th. Reservations required; call (831) 338-8861. Limit 6 people per site; no fires but stoves are OK; carry water. Cost is $15 per night.
There are four Group Camps at Portola:
- Ravine Group Camp: 25 people/6 car limit
- Hillside Group Camp: 50 people/12 car limit
- Point Group Camp: 50 people/12 car limit
- Circle Group Camp: 50 people/12 car limit
Ravine and Hillside are near each other; Circle and Point are near each other.
All campgrounds are closed December 1st through March 31st
Juveniles (those under 18 years of age) who will be camping without a parent or legal guardian, must bring written permission to camp which includes the name of their parent or guardian, their address, and phone number where they can be reached, the name of the juvenile, the name of the park, the dates they are allowed to camp and the signature of the parent. Permission forms are available and you can request one by calling the park.
For a map of the park please send $2 with a self-addressed legal-sized envelope with two stamps.
For more info, visit Portola and Castle Rock Foundation.