Hike the Año Nuevo and Goat Trail Loop

5.1 Miles Round Trip - Loop Trail

Año Nuevo Trailhead - Butano SP - Search Nearby - Added by Jake Young

Get an amazing tour of Butano State Park on this 5-mile loop. 

This steep and winding trail takes you to the top of a ridge where you can see the Pacific coastline and the redwoods piercing through the forest canopy. To do this trail connect the Ano Nuevo Trail, Olmo Fire Road, Goat Trail and the Six Bridges Trail. If you don't have all day to do the Canyon Rim Route, this trail provides the best tour of the park as it sweeping views as well as giant redwood groves. 

Note: Dogs are allowed in the campgrounds, but not on the trails. 




5.1 Miles
Loop Trail

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About a 3 hour loop! $10 Parking

The previous comment is very correct, this trail kicks your butt in the beginning, However the view of the valley to your left is gorgeous! A couple things to note: 1. I did not see one person on this trail until I got to the campground (so peaceful and quiet) 2. Anytime there is a sign for Goat Hill + Campground...always go the campground route. I had to turn around several times because this was confusing. 3. When you get to the campground start heading down the main paved road (not the loop) Then, in order to get to the six bridges trail you have to veer to the left off the paved road and go on the fire road which will then lead you to the trail. The paper map that the park has did not show this very well. I found a sign later down the road that explained it. I’ll go ahead and attach a photo. Very shady all the way and you are mostly in the woods. Still cool!

Good workout, good views

I made this into a little shorter of a loop by taking out the Goat Trail purely for lack of time - can't wait to go back to camp & explore more! The Ano Nuevo trail is beautiful. Returning on the Olmo fire road is pretty nice except for the very noticeable power lines! I'd rate this as a little more intermediate just because of the ~800 ft of elevation gain in less than 1 mile at the very beginning of the Ano Nuevo trail. Overall, I'd highly recommend! Only saw about 5 people on the trails, and it was the weekend!

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