Portola Redwoods SP

State Park

Drought Information

Due to the severe drought conditions the state of California is experiencing, showers will not be available in the campground. Restroom locations and potable drinking water will be available at limited locations throughout the campground.  We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause and ask you to conserve water during this drought.  We will keep you updated on any future changes.

This park is Crumb Clean. Visitors are required to watch this short video about the impact your food has on park wildlife.

Portola Redwoods has a rugged, natural basin forested with Coast Redwoods, Douglas Firs and Live Oaks.  There are eighteen miles of trails, a 53 site campground, four group campsites and two beautiful creeks, the Pescadero and Peter''s Creek, that run throughout the park.

The Sequoia Nature Trail, which leads to the Pescadero Creek, introduces visitors to the natural history of the area.

The campground will be open for the season on April 1, 2013.

From Highway 35, turn west onto Alpine Road, go 3 miles, and turn onto Portola State Park Road. The road dead ends in the park. Use low gear as both these roads are steep and winding.

Due to mountain roads, expect a 1 1/2 to 2 hour drive from most Bay Area locations. There is no gasoline available at or near the park. There is no store in or near the park.

Seasons - Climate - Recommended clothing
Summer: Highs in the 70s to 80s, lows in the 50s.
Winter: Highs in the 40s to 50s, lows in the 30s.

Visitors should come prepared for any type of weather.  The park receives between 40 and 60 inches of rain per year and the summer months can be foggy and cool. Layered clothing is recommended at any time of the year.

·Park Information

  • Hours of Operation:

    Day use hours are 6am-sunset

    In severe weather the park might be closed.

  • Park Office Telephone:

    (650) 948-9098

  • Region

    San Francisco Bay Area


    San Mateo

  • Max Camper Length:

    24 Feet

    Max Trailer Length

    21 Feet

  • Purchase Annual Passes

Special Events

Email: mtnspecevent@parks.ca.gov
Phone: 831-335-3455

Visitor Center Information

The Visitor Center is seasonally staffed April-October

(the campground is closed Nov-March)

Park aides are there Friday/Saturday/Sunday 10am-6pm.