Our most recent training adventure took us up the coast from Santa Cruz to Butano State Park. The banana slugs were out in FORCE. We saw over a dozen just within the first mile of our hike (and made the decision to photograph each one… all 170 of them). We’d never seen anything like it.
We also took one or two pictures that didn’t have slugs in them. 🙂
All in all, this was a hidden gem! 30 minute drive away, none of the crowds of other state parks in the area! We calculated that banana slugs outnumbered people by a factor of 14:1 (by count, not by mass. We hope).
- 12.5 miles
- 3100 feet of elevation gain
- Highest elevation: 1692 feet
- 170 banana slugs