With hiking trails, a variety of picnic areas and camping in the redwoods, Memorial Park on the Coastside is a wonderful place. Outstanding old-growth redwoods and the fog drifting in and out create a magical experience for a day trip or extended camping trip. It is a short drive south of Half Moon Bay.
RELAX AND UNWIND
Camping and hiking among the redwoods is a unique experience. As soon as I step out of the car, I begin to feel the stress of daily life melt away. Even in the popular and often crowded campgrounds, the trees swallow up so much of the sounds of happy campers.
Over eight miles of hiking trails offer changing habitats from Pescadero Creek, through the woods and up to the summit of Mt Ellen (elevation 600 feet). The self-guided Mt. Ellen Nature Trail is a short and easy loop.
TRAILS: Mt. Ellen Nature Trail (1 mile), Mt Ellen Summit Trail (1.6 miles), Homestead Trail (.9 mile), Creek Trail (.75 miles), Tan Oak Whole Access Nature Trail (.4 mile), Wurr Trail (.5 mile), Pomponio Trail (3 miles), and Sequoia Trail (.7 mile). A wonderful panoramic view can be seen from the westerly loop of the Pomponio Trail (elevation 995 feet).
DAY TRIPS FOR PICNICS
Family picnic sites are located at the East End of the park. Memorial Park is open year-round for picnicking and youth group activities. The Huckleberry Flat picnic ground is divided into four sections and is available by reservation.
EXPERIENCE THE WADING HOLE
In summer, depending on the rainfall during the winter months, a wading hole forms in Pescadero Creek. The clear stream water is delightful on a hot day and there is a very small beach for sunbathing.
TRIP TO DOWNTOWN PESCADERO
No camping trip to Memorial Park is complete without spending some time in town. Pescadero is a wonderful destination for so many reasons. If you are looking for a quaint town with charming shops and restaurants, you will find them here.