Trip Descriptions

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The Skyline Sojourn

Just because Skyline to the Sea is closed doesn’t mean you can’t get your fix of ridges and redwoods! Our longest and arguably most epic adventure of the summer, The Skyline Sojourn will take us on a nearly 30-mile tour of stunning skyline and rich redwood forest. After parking at and shuttling from the endpoint at Portola Redwoods State Park we'll hit the trailhead in Upper Steven's Creek County Park and push through to panoramic Black Mountain at Monte Bello Open Space Preserve for the first night. Then we'll descend off the ridge into tranquil Portola Redwoods State Park, where we’ll spend two nights under towering old-growth redwoods.

                                                                    Difficulty: Strenuous

 

Itinerary: Thursday June 9th - Sunday June 12th, 2022

Starting Location/Time: Portola Redwoods Visitor Center; 9:30am (6/9)

*Shuttle to Grizzly Flat trailhead departs from Portola Visitor Center at 10:00am* (no additional charge for shuttle)

Ending Location/Time: Portola Redwoods Visitor Center; about 4pm (6/12)

 

Total Mileage: approximately 28 miles

Day 1: Grizzly Flat Trailhead to Monte Bello OSP/Black Mountain Trail Camp: approximately 6.5 miles

Day 2: Black Mountain to Portola RSP/Slate Creek Trail Camp: approximately 11 miles

Day 3: **OPTIONAL** Day Hike to Peter’s Creek: approximately 6.5 miles

Day 4: Slate Creek to Portola Redwoods Visitor Center: approximately 4 miles

 

 

 An Adventure Among the Ancients

Hikers at Portola Redwoods State Park lookin up to see a high burl in a redwood trunk

Back by popular demand is our classic Portola 2-night trip, An Adventure Among the Ancients. Meeting at the secluded Visitor Center, we’ll take the scenic route to Slate Creek, making detours to some of the park’s iconic natural features like Tiptoe Falls and The Old Tree. Day two we’ll leave the packs at camp and complete the Peter’s Creek Loop, a spectacular hike featuring ridgeline views, a lush riparian creek ecosystem, and the park’s marquee redwoods.


Difficulty: Moderate to Strenuous  

 

 

Itinerary: Friday July 8 - Sunday July 10th

Starting Location/Time: Portola Redwoods Visitor Center, 11:00am (7/8)

Ending Location/Time: Portola Redwoods Visitor Center about 2pm (7/10)

 

Total Mileage: approximately 14 miles

Day 1: Slate Creek to Portola Redwoods Visitor Center: approximately 4 miles

Day 2: **OPTIONAL** Day Hike to Peter’s Creek: approximately 6.5 miles

Day 3: Slate Creek to Portola VC: approximately 3 miles

 

 

 In Pursuit of Perseids

Stargazing in Pursuit of Perseids

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Journey across our rugged ridgeline to watch shooting stars in the quiet and darkness of the backcountry on this 1-night, 2-day trip through Castle Rock State Park and Sanborn County Park. While the highlight of this exploration is the meteor shower, daylight brings panoramic ocean and mountain views as you hike through oak woodlands and chaparral-covered ridgelines.   


Difficulty: Moderate

 

Itinerary: Friday August 12 - Saturday August 13th, 2022

Starting Location/Time: Castle Rock Kirkwood Entrance 11:00am (8/12)

Ending Location/Time: Castle Rock Kirkwood Entrance; about 4pm (8/13)

 

Total Mileage: approximately 10 miles

Day 1: Partridge Farm Parking Lot to Castle Rock Trail Camp: approximately 3 miles

Day 2: Castle Rock Trail Camp to Partridge Farm Parking Lot: approx. 5.5 miles 

 

Basic Trip Information

MILEAGE
All mileage is based on the 2015 edition of the Redwood Hikes map of the Bay Area. Some GPS and other personal trackers may provide alternative mileage results.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS
Participants must be able to hike 2-3 miles/hour with a 20lb pack.

GEAR

  • WE provide:
    - water filters
    - hot water for AM/PM meals
    - traditional teas
    - *Shuttle between start and ending location for The Skyline Sojourn adventure
  • YOU provide:
    -
    transportation to starting location
    - bring all your own food
    - be able to hike up to 11 miles per day
    - tent/sleeping bag/ sleeping pad
    - all equipment on checklist

REQUIRED FORMS
To complete registration, it is mandatory to submit the Liability Release Form and the Photo Release Form(optional). To download these forms, please click here.

CHILDREN
Participation is open to adults 18 or over, and children ages 13 to 17 accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Cancellation Policy
Reservations are NON-TRANSFERABLE and may only be used by the original registrant. A 50% refund will be issued if you cancel more than 60 days before your trip. Cancellations less than 60 days notice are NON-REFUNDABLE.