Portola Redwoods State Park
About Portola Redwoods State Park, La Honda
Portola Redwoods State Park is a California state park, located in San Mateo County. Peters Creek and Pescadero Creek meet in Portola, and are the park's primary watercourses, and feature numerous tributaries. Tip Toe Falls is a small waterfall along Fall Creek, a tributary of Pescadero Creek. Portola Redwoods State Park contains approximately 18 miles of hiking trails in the 2,800-acre park, a small car-camping campground of about 50 campsites, four group campsites, and 6 trail sites at Slate Creek Trail Camp. Portola Redwoods State Park is also home to the site of Page shingle Mill, for which the Palo Alto road is named.Wikipedia
Overview of Portola Redwoods State Park
On your visit to La Honda, consider visiting Portola Redwoods State Park. Although listed here, Portola Redwoods State Park is not one of the most visited sightseeing places in La Honda.
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PROS: The campsites were nice, but if you're a tent camper I noticed many of the sites lacked level areas. The forest was beautiful and it was a relaxing place to spend a few days. If your forecast calls for windy weather, you probably won't see too many mosquitoes. CONS: The bathrooms were not good. I camp a lot and my expectations aren't high. But the bathrooms weren't cleaned during our 3 days there and almost all were without toilet paper until the day we left. What made this even worse was that when we visited the visitor center there were 2 park workers sitting on computers. Other cons include the curvy (although scenic) drive and the disappointing center piece of Tiptoe Falls. Generally, I would give Portola Redwoods another chance because the forest is beautiful and relaxing. Hence, 3 stars.
Initially planned to take the Coyote Ridge Trail but found that it was closed. So, we headed for the Slate Creek Trail. The trail is totally covered with trees and this is a backpacking route. The trail looked like ideal for summer hikes. There are some campsites couple of miles inside the trail. The campsites didn't seem to have any fireplace. There is a bathroom inside. At night it surely gets pretty dark out here for the campers as it is all covered with tall trees. You will come across a lot of narrow paths, redwoods, banana slugs, insects along with LOTS of mosquitoes(which were becoming annoying at times).
Approach roads very steep and extremely narrow.. Huge number of mosquitoes. Carry some protection against them. Some good views, but marred by the mosquitoes which would not let me stay still..
Nice park but poorly marked trails, especially for those hiking in from higher elevation parks.
Don't pay attention to where google places the park marker, it's way past that. The road to it is narrow and a little unpleasant, plus the locals are less than friendly (tailgating and honking, guess I was too slow)
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