This park features 15 miles of hiking and riding trails through a forest that looks much the same as it did 200 years ago. Zayante Indians once lived in the area, where they found shelter, water and game. Henry Cowell Redwoods is home to a centuries old Redwood Grove that features a self-guided nature path. It also boasts other old-growth woods such as Douglas fir, mandrone, oak and a stunning stand of Ponderosa pines. The park has a picnic area above the San Lorenzo River. Anglers fish for steelhead and salmon during the winter. The park has a nature center and bookstore. The main park area contains the large, old-growth redwoods, while the northern area (Fall Creek) has about 20 miles of hiking trails. The tallest tree in the park is about 285 feet tall, and about 16 feet wide. The oldest trees in the park are about 1400 to 1800 years old. The park is near Felton on Highway 9 in the Santa Cruz Mountains. The Day Use Annual Pass is accepted at this park. Open Sunrise to Sunset.
Enjoyable hike. It was a last minute decision to do this one and were not expecting much, but it proved to be very pretty. We did a counter clockwise loop. We were weary of the climb out as we descended into the valley - but it turned out to not be an issue. Gentle, consistent grade. Signage is not great,not helped by my no reading the directions here, but we found many regulars to ask for help.
The trail is good. you start walking along side the flowing water, all the way till the end of the Fall creek trail and there are some parallel paths which are like really close to the water. and after this soothing warm up you start climbing up till the Big Ben tree. and then it's all down hill ;p
It took me about 4 and half hrs and I stopped only twice: omce for a drink of smoothie and second time for catching my breathe at the big Ben tree.