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Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park is a state park near Santa Cruz, California that is beloved for it's old growth redwood groves that date back hundreds of years in addition to second-growth redwoods. Other old growth trees such as madrones, oak trees, Douglas fir, and ponderosa pine trees are also on display at this park, as well as iconic wildlife like banana slugs who make their home in this Northern California redwood forest. The Observation Deck Loop is a great place to view these big trees. The tallest tree in Henry Cowell State Park is about 285 feet tall, and about 16 feet wide. You can also see the John C. Fremont tree where Lt. Fremont camped while surveying for the US government prior to California statehood. The oldest redwood trees in the park are about 1400 to 1800 years old. With over 20 miles of hiking trails and a nature center, this Santa Cruz County park makes a great weekend trip from San Francisco or the Monterey Bay. Mountain biking is also super popular on the scenic trails in this park, and visitors can also visit the beautiful Garden of Eden swimming hole. Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park is near Felton on Highway 9 in the Santa Cruz Mountains. The Roaring Camp Railroad also goes through the park and is a delight for kids and adults alike. The Day Use Annual Pass is accepted at this park. Open Sunrise to Sunset.

Beautiful trail, which gives everyone at every ability level a glimpse of the Redwoods and the surrounding environment. Only reason I didn't give it 5 stars is that it is heavily occupied, and not especially peaceful. I was almost ran over by a large group of school kids having a race down the path, followed by their teachers who were allowing them. I prefer the peace and serenity of nature to the screaming, undisciplined activities of children.

12 days ago

Reasonably challenging, fallen trees to climb over or under, the river or creeks are with you most of the way. Beautiful trail.

this is definitely a mountain biker's trail. very heavy mountain bike traffic. I can't wait to come back on my bike. definitely avoid if hiking.

Don't get me wrong...the scenery is beautiful no matter where you go. I had to give this 1 star because the trails were so poorly marked and washed out that we never actually made it to most of the hike. We spent the whole time following random trails that went nowhere. We are experienced hikers so we still had fun. No trail maps either. Bummer.

hiking
28 days ago

Beautiful hike! Got to see two Banana slugs and Big Ben.

hiking
1 month ago

Amazing hike - Easy to find TH and plenty of parking. Not the biggest Redwoods but Fall Creek is almost like you are in the Northwest. Trail was in really good condition except for a bunch of trees down - at one point (picture included) I didnt think I could get through however wast too bad. I extended by taking Fall Creek up to Big Ben Trail which connects to Truck trail (very quiet) and then back to Ridge Trail. Saw maybe 10 people all morning. I will come back again

Not well marked at all but if you can get connection and use the app you can get your way through it. Hiked around 345pm in Jan 2018 and saw about 8 mtn bikers too so it’s used by a few types of people. Nice 1.5 -2 hr hike for a quickie in the day. Loved it!

This is not really suitable for hiking. It seems like it's meant for mountain biking. It hasreally steep sections instead of switchbacks. There were quite a few mountain bikers traveling really fast downhill that came upon us suddenly, could be dangerous.

Very beautiful. Lots of fallen trees right now near the creek, but relatively easy to scramble over.

trail running
1 month ago

Absolutely beautiful trail for hiking or trail running. The creek in the bottom is such a treat!!

hiking
1 month ago

Great hike. Get there early to avoid the crowds. Not an experienced hiker, but was was able to navigate through trail fairly well. If you love the Redwoods and all that it has to offer, you’ll love this hike.

1 month ago

Absolutely beautiful forest with a crystal clear creek providing a lovely soundtrack. )The limestone kilns are pretty cool as well.) This is one of the prettiest forests I’ve seen. Pack a nice lunch and maybe your journal or book -there are many places whee you can step off the trail and just enjoy the setting.

Beautiful trail, i enjoyed finding the mushrooms :)

hiking
2 months ago

It's like walking along a trail I read from a book / movie! Fabulous!

Beautiful area, but the Graham Hill part of the trail is actually along the road. The paved trail along the park is dog friendly. I think it is called Pinehill road. Beautiful park and camp ground.

hiking
3 months ago

Great hike - Trailhead easy to find - a lot of parking first thing in the AM - Great redwoods - crossing the first few streams were easy however after mile 5 it became a little more pf a challenge. You take Ox Trail on the backend. You then take a left to go down to the San Lorenzo River however the left isnt well marked at all. Crossing the River was a little harder on this part of the hike in that the water was up to my upper thigh.... and cold. I will come back but skip the loop

hiking
3 months ago

This is a lovely, easy trail. It came in at 6.2 RT. There are fallen trees blocking the trail just before reaching barrel mill- you will have to scramble and climb to reach it.
Trail is well maintained and well marked.

3 months ago

Awesome! Love the smell of the redwood.

I love the smell of the redwood. So nice!

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