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Registration Opens – 2020 Portola to the Sea Backpacking Trip

February 1, 2020

parks visitors stand in front of the ocean, kite surfers in the background

Portola to the Sea: Portola Redwoods State Park to Waddell State Beach (June 11 – 14, 2020)


Enjoy a naturalist-led hike to the top of the beloved Skyline to the Sea route on this 3-night, 4-day excursion.

The route travels through some of the most remote trails in the Santa Cruz Mountains and includes two nights at the iconic Sunset Trail Camp. Beginning in Portola Redwoods State Park at peak elevation, you’ll travel through multiple ecosystems, ending your journey at the spectacular Waddell Beach for a dip in the sea to wash off the trail dust. Trip fee is $300.

A Professional Will Guide the Way

A California State Naturalist will guide you through the majestic Santa Cruz Mountains, sharing the natural wonders of the area and the unique history of the park.

Our experts are Wilderness First Responder-certified, California Naturalist-certified and have many years of experience leading backcountry overnight and day hikes interpreting the natural and cultural history of the Santa Cruz Mountains. Based on their experience, you can expect to hear great stories and have fun along the way. Additionally, the naturalists provide expertise and guidance in backpacking set up, equipment and logistics.


Online registration for a limited number of backpacking spots opens February 1, 2020, at 9:00 a.m. Participation is open to adults 18 or over and children ages 13 to 17 accompanied by a parent or guardian. Register here: www.parks.ca.gov/backpacking

For more information, email backpacking@nullparks.ca.gov, or call (831) 278-0195.

The 2020 California State Park Backpacking Adventures program is made possible by California State Parks, Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks, Waddell Creek Association, Mountain Parks Foundation, Sempervirens Fund, and Portola and Castle Rock Foundation.

Photo by: @tonymacmac on Instagram

Parks and Beaches

Portola Redwoods State Park
9000 Portola State Park Road
La Honda, CA 94020 United States
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