Several miles of hiking trails meander throughout the wooded park complex (which includes Pescadero Creek and Memorial Parks) and allow for anything from a casual one-hour stroll to an all-day adventure for the avid hiker. Many trails are also well-suited for equestrian excursions for those lodging at Jack Brook Horse Camp. Learn more about individual trails below.

Observe all trail signs and posted speed limits. Bicycles and motorized vehicles are not allowed off designated paved areas. Please respect your fellow trail users and follow the trail etiquette guidelines for safe and courteous trail use.

Please note: The trails section of the Sam McDonald web site is currently being updated to reflect changes made to the park trail system. Some of the maps and information below may be incorrect. See our current map or brochure for better information.

Sam McDonald Trails
Youth Camp Fire Road

A 1.8-mile fire road that connects Choctaw, Modoc and Chinook youth camp areas.

Youth Camp Fire Road Photo
Towne Fire Road

Used by hikers, bicyclists, and equestrians, this 5-mile stretch of road connects the Sam McDonald Park parking lot with Old Haul Road and is the access point for many trails in Pescadero Creek Park. As it has a steep grade, it is recommended for the downhill portion of your hike.

Towne Fire Road Photo
Ridge Loop Trail

A fire road that connects Pescadero Creek road and the Jack Brook Horse Camp. This road provides public vehicle access to the horse camp (reservation holders only) and provides a scenic ride or hike with views of the ocean on a clear day.

Ridge Loop Trail Photo
Forest Loop Trail

A 2.6-mile loop comprised, in part, of fire roads. The loop provides walk-in access to the Sam McDonald youth campgrounds. Horses are allowed only on the fire road section of the loop.

Forest Loop Trail Photo
Big Tree Trail

A short loop trail from the Sam McDonald Park parking lot that allows hikers with limited time to stretch their legs and see some magnificent old growth redwoods.

Big Tree Trail Photo
Heritage Grove Trail

A 2.6-mile trail that leads from the Sam McDonald Parking lot to the spectacular old-growth redwoods of Heritage Grove. The trail ends near the Sierra Club Hiker's Hut and a junction with the Towne Fire Road.

Picture of Heritage Grove Trail