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California whitewater, Pescadero Creek

San Mateo county, Portola State Park to Memorial County Park section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS II     9 miles
 
The putin location given is in an area not open to the public, and the creek is closed to all watercraft, kayaks & inflatables included. Says James

The starting location is a reasonable drive from Santa Cruz-Watsonville, please print out a copy of the road map further down the page so you wonít get lost. The beautiful scenery of California and the water flowing gracefully down Pescadero Creek make the trip here worthwhile. There arenít any
    hotels right nearby but if you're willing to drive a short distance then no problem but do book a room before you come because it is a very popular destination. This stretch of Pescadero Creek in California is 9 miles long
and it is classified as a class II section by American Whitewater. Whitewater paddling here in the Santa Cruz Mountains is a great experience. The Portola State Park to Memorial County Park stretch is one of a few paddling stretches in this river system. And of course, there are campgrounds nearby. Getting your paddling muscles activated and just being out on the river for a while have a lot of people coming here. This stretch is mid length,  
good for a one day paddling trip. The average whitewater rafting or kayaking river tends to be a bit harder to master in this state than those in other states, so better not forget that many runs in this state are not easy. Whether you're whitewater rafting or kayaking there are not so many other good spots for that around here.

Briefly about the general area:
A journey to Butano State Park when you're here at Pescadero Creek is a magnificent idea, and Dark Gulch is a good spot to stop at. This spot, the Santa Cruz Mountains, has so much outdoors entertaining stuff.

Pescadero Creek, Portola State Park to Memorial County Park road map
Printable road map with the put-in and take-out locations clearly marked.

   

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OUTDOORS
These outdoors activities are available near Pescadero Creek.
 Whitewater Near Pescadero Creek:
Pescadero Creek, San Mateo County, 3 miles away
      Class II - 9 miles long (Portola State Park to Memorial County Park)
San Lorenzo River, Santa Cruz County, 12 miles away
      Class II - 9.1 miles long (Boulder Creek to Felton)
San Lorenzo River, Santa Cruz County, 17 miles away
      Class III-IV - 6 miles long (Felton to Ocean at Santa Cruz)
 Marinas Near Pescadero Creek:
Docktown Marina, Redwood City , 13 miles away
Peninsula Yacht Club, Redwood City , 13 miles away
Peninsula Marina, Redwood City , 13 miles away
Port of Redwood City, Redwood City , 14 miles away
Coyote Point Marina, San Mateo , 19 miles away
 Beaches Near Pescadero Creek:
Cove Beach, San Mateo , 9 miles away
Waddell Creek Beach, Santa Cruz , 9 miles away
China Ladder Beach, Santa Cruz , 11 miles away
Pomponio Beach, San Mateo , 11 miles away
Sand Beach, San Mateo , 11 miles away
 Hotels Near Pescadero Creek:
Costanoa, Pescadero , 9 miles away
Oakwood At Sharon Grove, Menlo Park , 10 miles away
Oakwood At Sharon Green, Menlo Park , 10 miles away
The Nest Palo Alto, Palo Alto , 11 miles away
Enchante Boutique Hotel, Los Altos , 11 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Pescadero Creek:
Jack Brook Horse Camp, La Honda, 2 miles away
San Mateo County Memorial Park, Loma Mar, 3 miles away
Big Basin Redwoods State Park - Lane Trail Camp, Loma Mar, 3 miles away
 Trails Near Pescadero Creek:
Butano Ridge Loop Trail, San Mateo , 2 miles away,  4.2 hiking miles, 1656 feet elevation difference
Coyote Ridge Trail, San Mateo , 2 miles away, 1.2 hiking miles, 549 feet elevation difference
Sequoia Nature Trail, San Mateo , 2 miles away,  .4 hiking miles, 32 feet elevation difference
Summit Trail, San Mateo , 3 miles away,  3 hiking miles, 506 feet elevation difference
Ano Nuevo Trail, San Mateo , 6 miles away,  3.2 hiking miles, 1082 feet elevation difference
Trappers Trail, San Mateo , 7 miles away, 2.3 hiking miles, 1148 feet elevation difference
Alambique Trail, San Mateo , 8 miles away,  6.4 hiking miles, 818 feet elevation difference
 Public Lands Near Pescadero Creek:
Juan Bautista De Anza National Historic Trail, San Francisco - CA , 24 miles away
Golden Gate National Recreation Area, San Francisco - CA , 32 miles away
Portola Redwoods State Park, California , 4 miles away
Butano State Park, California , 4 miles away
Big Basin Redwoods State Park, California , 4 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Pescadero Creek:
Palo Alto Hills Golf And Country Club, Palo Alto , 9 miles away
Boulder Creek Golf & Country Club, Boulder Creek , 9 miles away
Kings Mountain Golf Course, Woodside , 9 miles away
 Lakes Near Pescadero Creek
Sempervirens Reservoir, Santa Cruz , 5 miles away
Stevens Creek Reservoir, Santa Clara , 12 miles away
Lake McKenzie, Santa Clara , 14 miles away

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