San Pedro Valley County Park

San Francisco Peninsula + Santa Cruz, California

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San Pedro Valley County Park

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  • Plaskon Nature Trail in San Pedro Valley County Park.- San Pedro Valley County Park
  • Indian paintbrush (Castilleja) in San Pedro Valley County Park.- San Pedro Valley County Park
  • Marin Headlands seen from Montara Mountain Trail.- San Pedro Valley County Park
  • Plaskon Nature Trail in San Pedro Valley County Park.- San Pedro Valley County Park
  • Painted lady butterfly (Vanessa cardui).- San Pedro Valley County Park
  • Montrara Mountain Trail.- San Pedro Valley County Park
  • Douglas iris (Iris douglasiana).- San Pedro Valley County Park
  • Plaskon Nature Trail in San Pedro Valley County Park.- San Pedro Valley County Park
  • Old man's beard (Usnea) on an oak tree in San Pedro Valley County Park.- San Pedro Valley County Park
  • Eucalyptus trees on Brooks Creek Trail in San Pedro Valley County Park.- San Pedro Valley County Park
  • Site of a former trout farm.- San Pedro Valley County Park
  • A sign detailing the struggle against invasive plants.- San Pedro Valley County Park
  • Old Trout Farm Trail in San Pedro Valley County Park.- San Pedro Valley County Park
  • Montara Mountain Trail in San Pedro Valley County Park.- San Pedro Valley County Park
  • Unidentified species (help us identify it by providing feedback).- San Pedro Valley County Park
  • Montara Mountain Trail in San Pedro Valley County Park.- San Pedro Valley County Park
  • Creekside group picnic area.- San Pedro Valley County Park
  • California goldfield (Lasthenia californica).- San Pedro Valley County Park
  • San Pedro Valley County Park picnic area.- San Pedro Valley County Park
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Protected from costal winds. Variety of trails.
Cons: 
No dogs. Suburban. Poison oak.
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Region:
San Francisco Peninsula + Santa Cruz, CA
Congestion: 
Moderate
Pets allowed: 
No
Parking Pass: 
General Day Use Fee
Preferable Season(s):
Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
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Adventure Description

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San Pedro Valley County Park boasts an amazing and diverse ecosystem laced with hiking trails for all abilities. At the valley floor, oak and eucalyptus trees shade picnic areas and hikers on their way up the formidable Montara Mountain. As the trails gain elevation, chaparral hillsides give way to stunning views of the Pacific and valley below.

The San Pedro Valley was once home to the Ohlone Indian village of Pruristac. Artifacts from the Ohlone and the valley’s human history following the 1769 arrival of Spanish explorer Gaspar de Portola are on display at the nearby Sanchez Adobe.

A short, self-guided tour along the ADA-accessible Plaskon Nature Trail informs visitors of the unique plant and animal life in the San Pedro Valley. Black-tailed deer, hawks and brush rabbits are commonly seen inside the park’s 1,150 acres. The fresh waters of San Pedro Creek provide a spawning area for the struggling steelhead trout population from December to February. Hunting and fishing are prohibited in San Pedro Valley County Park.

Beginners looking for modest hikes under 2 miles will enjoy Old Trout Farm Loop Trail, Weiler Ranch Road, and Valley View Trail. Hikers and trail runners looking for more advanced terrain will find Montara Mountain, Hazelnut, and Brooks Creek Trails genuinely challenging.

Group picnic areas are open for reservations in addition to areas allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. Restrooms, barbecues, and potable water are available at the picnic areas.

Overnight camping is only permitted for registered nonprofit youth groups. Dogs are not allowed anywhere in the park.

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