Fog-swept Douglas Fir, Redwoods, orchids and madrone trees led to a unique pygmy forest due to the acidic nature of the underlying soil.

Salt Point State Park, about 90 miles north of San Francisco, features rugged, windswept coastline and dramatic forests of cypress, pine and redwoods. The North trail is a great way to experience much of the inland portion of the park including the unique Pygmy Forest, named for the stunted trees and plantlife due to the acidic nature of the soil.

The main North Trail trailhead begins on Highway 1 just south of the Stump Beach parking area but can also be accessed via the main Park Entrance (see map for exact location).

The trail winds slowly uphill for 2 miles, reaching the Pygmy Forest at around mile 1.8, before intersecting with the Central Trail which can be taken back to the Park Entrance. You can also continue on to the highland Prairie to take the South Trail back to the park entrance.

Pack List

  • Water
  • Nutrition
  • Season-appropriate attire 
  • Map
Show More
RT Distance 4 Miles
Elevation Gain 800 Feet
Activities Chillin, Photography, Running, Hiking, Fitness
Skill Level Beginner
Season Year Round
Trail Type Out-and-Back
Features
Adult Beverages
Bathrooms
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Forest
Scenic
Wildflowers
Wildlife

Please respect the places you find on The Outbound Collective.

Always practice Leave No Trace ethics on your adventures. Be aware of local regulations and don't damage these amazing places for the sake of a photograph. Learn More

Nearby Adventures

More Nearby Adventures

Hike the Salt Point Trail

There are numerous points at which you can enter the trail from Highway 1, but on the north it begins as the Salt Point / Stump Beach Parking area and proceeds 1.

13 Saves

Camp and Dive at Salt Point State Park

Camping at Salt Point Sate Park is a dream.

174 Saves

Abalone Diving at Salt Point State Park

Jenner is a great spot to head out in calm water with your abalone gear. The dives will be in depths of 10 to 15 ft. of water, with visibility usually in the 5-20 ft. range.

129 Saves