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Portola Redwoods State Park

Phone Number

(650) 948-9098

Max. Trailer Lengths

Trailer: 21 Feet
Camper/Motorhome: 24 Feet

Park Hours

Day use hours: 6am-Sunset (In severe weather the park might be closed.)
Visitor Center: Thursday through Sunday 10am to 4pm


Driving Directions to Portola Redwoods SP

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.
Due to mountain roads, expect a 1 1/2 to 2 hour drive from most Bay Area locations. There is no gasoline available at or near the park. There is no store in or near the park.

Camping and Lodging

Online reservations are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Reservations can be made 6 months in advance beginning at 8:00 a.m. PST via the website, by mail, or by calling the toll free telephone number at 1-800-444-7275. Due to seasonal volume, access to the ReserveCalifornia website and the telephone line may at times be limited.

Trail Camps

For more information and reservations for Slate Creek, please visit the Santa Cruz Mountain State Parks Backcountry Trail Camp Page.


Winter Conditions at Portola Redwoods State Park

Winter Storms have effected the trails at Portola Redwoods State Park.

All trails are currently OPEN but please keep in mind the following:

  • Please check with staff at the Visitor Center to see if your planned route is safe and passable.
  • Expect to find down trees. You will need to climb over, around, or under them. If you cannot get safely past down trees, you will need to turn back. You are responsible for gauging what you can safely cross. When in doubt, TURN BACK! 
  • Seasonal Bridges have been removed. It may be possible to cross streams by hoping on rocks or using other improvised crossings. During storms, small creeks can become rushing rapids and stream crossings can be dangerous. When in doubt, TURN BACK!
  • Trail conditions are always changing, so please be aware that you may come across blocked trails that we do not know about. Please be prepared to turn back. As always, when in doubt, TURN BACK!
  • During the Winter, wet roads and trails, down trees, and other obstructions can delay rescue. Please plan ahead with warm cloths, flashlights and other emergency supplies incase you are trapped in the backcountry overnight.
 

 

NO WATER AT PORTOLA REDWOODS STATE PARK

Due to damaged to the water system at Portola Redwoods State Park, there is no water available at this time. 

All park users will have pack in all of the water they will need for their trip. 

Chemical toilets (porta-potties) have been placed at the Visitor Center for public use.    



We are working to fix the problem as quickly as possible but the system will be out for the foreseeable future.

Thank you for your understanding as we work to fix the problem.

On Tuesday January 1, 2019, California State Parks invites you to start the New Year outside as part of the eighth annual First Day Hikes initiative across America. First Day Hikes is a nation-wide promotion of healthy lifestyles and year round outdoor recreation through free guided hikes.

 

 

Old Tree Trail Hike at 2pm
Stroll through an old growth redwood grove in search of the “Old Tree” that’s over 1,200 years old, discover the banana slug’s vital role in this flourishing forest, and learn about the marvelous Marbled Murrelet and how park visitors can help save these endangered birds on this 1-mile, 1.5 hour walk. Bring water, closed toe shoes, camera, snacks, and warm layers. Meet at visitor center. For more information, call (831) 291-8273. Event free. Vehicle day use fee is $10. Events made possible by Portola and Castle Rock Foundation and California State Parks.

 

Visiting Portola Redwoods

The road leading to the parks 2,800 acres drops from a ridgetop into a deeply shaded redwood forest, offering a hushed getaway from the suburban bustle of nearby Silicon Valley and the South Bay Area. The visitor center, with its couches and fireplace, feels like a wilderness lodge. Eighteen miles of trails follow meandering creeks, where moisture-loving coast redwoods stand tall among ferns and huckleberries. Waterfalls on Fall and Pescadero creeks tumble down mossy banks over rocks and woody debris.

The park has a 55-site family campground, 4 group campsites, and a trail camp for backpackers. It also protects some of the most remote and scenic redwoods in the region, the Peter’s Creek Grove.  

 

Basic Park Information

FEES - There is a $10 vehicle day-use fee. [Regular Sized Auto: $10 (Senior $9, age 62 or older); Bus Parking (10-24 passengers): $50; Bus Parking (25+ passengers): $100]. For camping reservations and fees, please visit www.reservecalifornia.com

NO CELL RECEPTION within the park and the surrounding area. Due to this, ridesharing services are not recommended.

DOGS are permitted only in campsites and picnic areas and on paved roads and the Upper and Lower Escape Roads. Dogs must be on a leash no longer than six feet and attended at all times. At night they must be confined with their guardian inside a tent or vehicle. Except for service animals, dogs are not allowed in the visitor center or on hiking trails or dirt roads.

FIREWOOD is available for purchase at the park office or from the camp host. Please do not gather wood; the health of the forest depends on the nutrients provided by fallen wood.

HORSES are not allowed on any hiking trails. Old Haul service road is open to equestrians and cyclists - it winds through redwoods, out of the park to Memorial County Park.

BICYCLING is not allowed on any hiking trails. Old Haul Service Road heads through Portola’s redwoods through Pescadero Creek County Park to San Mateo County Memorial Park. One of the  most scenic beginner rides in the Bay Area, it’s a 10-mile round trip, accessed via the service road near the Iverson Cabin site. Paved roads excepted, this is the only route at Portola Redwoods State Park that allows bicycles. Helmets are required for riders under 18 years of age and recommended for adults.

DRONES are not allowed in the park. To protect wildlife and cultural resources, and for the safety and welfare of visitors and staff, the park is closed to the use of Model Aircraft, Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS), and Gliders in flight.

 

BRING PLENTY OF GAS & SUPPLIES - The nearest gas station is in Sky Londa (14 miles away at the intersection of highways 84 and 35) and the nearest groceries are in Sky Londa and La Honda (9 miles away on Highway 84).

CRUMB CLEAN - Jays, ravens, and crows are attracted to food left behind by campers and picnickers. These birds eat the eggs and chicks of an endangered seabird that nests in old-growth forests along the coast, the marbled murrelet. Leave no food out: not even a crumb.

WEDDINGS, PARTIES, AND SPECIAL EVENT PERMITS please call (831) 335-6324 or email mtnspecevent@parks.ca.gov.

This park is Crumb Clean. Visitors are required to watch this short video about the impact human food has on park wildlife.

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Available Activities and Facilities at Portola Redwoods State Park

OVERNIGHT FACILITIES
En route Campsites
Environmental Campsites
Family Campsites
Group Campsites
Hike or Bike Campsites
Primitive Camping
RV Access
TRAIL USE
Hiking Trails
DAY-USE ACTIVITIES & FACILITIES
Historical/Cultural Site
Picnic Areas
Env. Learning/Visitor Center
Exhibits and Programs
Interpretive Exhibits
Swimming
Museums
Family Programs
Geocaching
OTHER FACILITIES & VISITOR INFORMATION
Parking
Restrooms / Showers
Restrooms
Drinking Water Available