TIP: Fill your tanks at the only gas station in Pescadero. Don't let the understated surroundings fool you—inside the gas station, Taqueria Los Amigos serves some tasty combo plates of tacos, beans and rice.
Butano State Park is about 22 miles south of Half Moon Bay. Go south on Hwy. 1 and turn left on Pescadero Rd. Go 2.5 miles (through town and past Taqueria Los Amigos) to Cloverdale Rd. then turn right. Go 4.2 miles to the entrance of Butano State Park. Ask for a map. After the entrance, look to the left for the Mill Ox Trail sign—it's easy to miss and the parking lot holds only a few cars. Follow the Mill Ox Trail up to Butano Fire Road and turn right. Follow this to Jackson Flats Trail and turn right, which takes you back to the Mill Ox Trail. No dogs.