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.
Really pretty, well-maintained trail. We got to Big Ben tree and went to the right, got as far as the creek and came back, so we didn't even do the majority of the trail, so I can't speak for the whole thing. What we did see was gorgeous.
All of the bridges were washed out, but we were able to complete the loop. There was one place where there were no fallen logs and we had to cross through the creek (the stream was pretty wide at this point so the current wasn't dangerously strong). Bring a microfiber towel and a sense of adventure if you plan to do the full loop!
Fantastic trail. Beautiful views and the sound of the rushing creek was incredible. This was a fairly easy hike, just the right amount of challenge. Not to mention the Limestone Kilns were fascinating to look at. I would recommend doing it when the rainy season isn't so bad. The trail is fairly damaged from the storm. Out of the 5 foot bridges, 3 of them were washed out and I did get soaked crossing them. Worth it to me though. Added another level of challenge to it. As well as the trail at the very last spot of the loop at the end of the hike was completely washed away from the waterfall. It was extremely difficult to pass, so it is probably best to come back when it is dryer. I WILL be back to do this hike again.