Byrne-Milliron Forest

Byrne-Milliron Forest

Browns Valley Rd.
Turn into 'Roses of Yesterday' driveway
Santa Cruz, California
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Local Phone: (831) 429-6116

Byrne-Milliron Forest will be temporarily closed from 7/31-8/10/17 to repair the main road that was damaged from the storms this past winter. 

The Land Trust owns and manages this property as a working forest, and takes pride in making it available to its members and the public.

The forest is a lovely place to hike and explore with your dog off-leash, with panoramic views of the Pajaro Valley and Monterey Bay, and a 1,000 year old, 250-foot tall “Great White” redwood. 

The forest is private property owned by the Land Trust of Santa Cruz County (funded only by private donations), which graciously allows the public to access and enjoy its trails and vistas.

• Once you exit Highway 1, the ten-mile trip will take approximately 20 minutes. 
• Take Highway 1 to Freedom Boulevard and head east on Freedom Blvd. 
• After five miles you will come to a stop sign. Turn LEFT onto Corralitos Road. 
• After 1.7 miles the road will fork just before the Corralitos Market, VEER RIGHT at the fork.Turn LEFT at the “T” in the road onto Browns Valley Road.
• After about three miles, you’ll see a sign on the right for "Roses of Yesterday.”
• Turn LEFT into the Roses of Yesterday driveway. Follow the signs for #809.

A great article in Coastal Canine Magazine offers more information on this magical place. 

Presley at Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park. <br/> Photo Credit: @alisonrainw
Presley at Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park.
Photo Credit: @alisonrainw
Santa Cruz County is famous for its groves of towering coast redwoods, and Big Basin Redwoods State Park is just one place to see them. If you’re traveling with youngsters of the two-legged variety as well as those with fur, you’re sure to enjoy a ride on a narrow-gauge railroad once used to haul redwood logs out of the Santa Cruz Mountains. more »
Loki in Santa Cruz. Photo Credit: Kim Williams
Loki in Santa Cruz. Photo Credit: Kim Williams
Just a short hop south of the Bay Area, Santa Cruz County is diverse and exceedingly dog-friendly. Variety is the name of the game when it comes to dog-friendly lodging and dining—as well as other options for a yappy, outdoor-centric getaway. Here are some suggestions to get tails a’wagging. more »
Santa Cruz beach dog with frisbee
Photo credit: Don DeBold (CC)
When it comes to things to do with your dog in Santa Cruz County, there’s the obvious (beaches, wineries), and the not-so-obvious—like Byrne-Milliron Forest, a 400-acre Land Trust of Santa Cruz County property managed as a working forest and laced with dog-friendly trails (off-leash hiking for dogs with reliable recall is allowed). Another option for hikers is Pogonip, a 640-acre nature reserve/greenbelt with numerous dog-friendly trails. Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park is one of few state-run parks in California that allows dogs on some (but not all) trails. Got kids? Roaring Camp Railroads offers dog- and family-friendly steam train excursions through the redwoods. Another gem is Felton Covered Bridge Park, where the photo opps are as good as the picnic grounds are shady.

Of course, for first-time visitors, the obvious may not be so obvious. Suggestions for a yappy day: more »
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