Address: 809 Browns Valley Rd, Corralitos, CA 95076 Parking: Free parking available in dirt lot, about 1.25 miles after entering 809 Browns Valley Road. Hours: Not posted Type: Hike (moderate) Regulations: Dogs allowed off-leash Best time to visit: Anytime except hot days
Description: This is a little-known 402 acre preserve with hiking trails snaking through a beautiful redwood forest and on the ridge with views of Monterey Bay. The upper trails are dry, they are in full sun and have beautiful views. The lower trails have shade and more greenery. You can even find the 1,000 year old 250-ft “Great White” redwood on the “Great White Loop” trail. Bring a map because many of the trails are not marked, but the trail to the parking lot is labeled “parking,” so that you can find your way back.
Driving directions: Finding this park can be a little tricky. On Browns Valley Road, you will see a small sign on your left for “809” with an orange “wildlife refuge” sign below it. This looks like a private driveway, but head up it. You will come to a sign that says “Byrne Milliron Forest Preserve, 1 mile,” and you will drive up a paved road through a redwood forest (watch for deer!). You will pass a “Byrne Forest” sign and the road will soon become a little rough. Drive slowly because the road is uneven and narrow. There are several pullouts if you encounter oncoming traffic, and mirrors so you can see around most of the bends. Soon you will see a “visitor parking” sign to your right. Follow it to a dirt parking lot with plenty of parking.