Historians & Nature Lovers: Hike the Beautiful Butano With An Expert….Mike Merritt

Story by Mike Merritt, Butano State Park Seasonal Interpreter

Hi June,

In August I am putting on some special interest hikes at Butano State Park.

On Sunday Aug. 10 at 1:00, I am leading a two hour hike on the Goat Hill Trail. Along with the ever
interesting plant and animal life of the area, Goat Hill was also a major homesteading area for many years, and we will be visiting historical sites along the way and discussing their importance.

I hope to have photos and artifacts handy as well. The hike is roughly two to three miles with sections of uphill. Water, snacks, and good hiking shoes are recommended.

Meet at the intersection of the Olmo Fire Road and the Park Road.

The other hike I am leading is in the Gazos Canyon from 1:00 to 3:00.

A sanctuary for animal life including the Steel-Head Trout and the Marbled Murrelet, the canyon also holds a rich history of logging mills. While enjoying the pristine creek, with its second-growth redwoods, we will explore the remains of the logging days of the Gazos.

A moderate hike, roughly two miles. Wear good shoes and bring water and snacks. Meet at the intersection of Gazos Creek and Cloverdale Roads.

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