Explore the most popular birding trails in Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

hiking
blowdown
18 hours ago

Well-maintained trail in the heart of the forest. Not terribly challenging but incredibly peaceful. Didn’t see another soul until the last mile. Excellent place for dogs with an abundance of stream crossings.

Beautiful walk through the redwoods. Walked today after stormy Sunday storm.

Easy hiking trail along a stream. Very beautiful with lots of redwoods. Parking can be hard specially on weekends, and also it’s a very shady trail so perfect for summer.

beautiful walk in the loop among giant old redwood trees.

16 days ago

The start and end of the trail next to the creek were the nice parts of the trail. The whole climbing seemed pointless since it wasn't very scenic either.

hiking
17 days ago

Not really a trail, but a paved path. Great scenery and workout. Great for dogs. There are many trails the feel more like a real hike that branch off from Pipeline Road, however dogs are not allowed on those.

hiking
19 days ago

If you only do Fall Creek Loop it's a moderate hike, that is beautiful. Lots of rocks, roots, trees and some climbing over/under fallen trees. But a super beautiful and fun hike. there are lots of side trails you can take, just know where you are heading as some of them are pretty hard and can lead you a long way from your car!

hiking
1 month ago

Great loop trail in redwoods. Not too steep, gently uphill and very nice downhill along the creek. Beautiful forest scenery! Note: you are always in the forest, it actually was chilly today and there was barely any sun reaching the trail. There is a landslide towards the end on the downhill part but easily manageable if you pay attention.

1 month ago

Love the area and its history.

hiking
2 months ago

Really beautiful trail that follows the water for the majority of the way. The route that I recorded took a horse trail to connector trail, then over to the main trail. Part of it it washed out so you’ll have to scale some fallen trees for about 50 feet. Other than that I would definitely recommend!’

amazing trail!

Good for a walk with your furry friend.

trail running
2 months ago

This trail is great for beginning trail running! It's a pretty easy trail with a slow incline. The trail is really beautiful with the creek and big redwood trees. I wore my normal running shoes instead of hiking books, and I didn't have any trouble crossing the creek. It was a warm day but much cooler on the trail.

3 months ago

Took Pipeline road trail to Ridge Fire trail to get to observatory point. Hiking through the redwoods on the pipeline trail is so beautiful! Ridge trail is so interesting. It goes up the mountain but the path is covered in white beach sand. Beach sand on top of a mountain is unheard of. This is because the top of the mountain used to be under the ocean 10 million years ago!!! Entire hike (round trip) is about 6.5km and it took 2 hours - from the beginning of pipeline to observation deck and back.

hiking
3 months ago

Great place to take the dog. I enjoyed seeing friendly people along the way.

Great hike if you have your dog with you!

hiking
3 months ago

Scenery: 4
Views: 2
Difficulty: 3.5
Crowds: 3
Shade: 5

My 1-5 Rating Scale Comparisons for above:
5 for Scenery; Mcway Falls Julia Pfeiffer Burns SP
4.5 for Scenery: Berry Creek Falls Big Basin State Park
4 for Scenery: Steep Ravine Trail

5 for Views: Nimitz Trail Tilden Park
5 for Views: Ridge Trail San Bruno Mtn Park
4.5 for Views Montara Mtn Summit San Pedro County Park
4 for Views Rancho Canada Del Oro Bald Peaks trail

5 for Difficulty: Junipero Serra Peak
4 for Difficulty: Mount El Sombroso Loop Trail

hiking
3 months ago

Lots of poison oak, but if you stay on the path, you’re fine. A few spots where you can take dogs down to the river.

Yes can confirm the graham hill trail is not recommended due to poison oak over growth..powder hill is open and in great condition.. i would recommend parking about a mile down the road toward sc from the spot the directions take u to because it is free rather than ten bucks!

3 months ago

Beautiful trail. Allows opportunity to walk over streams on large fallen trees. A workout but accessible for a wider variety of hiking and fitness levels.

Magic... peaceful!!

I grew up in a house along the San Lorenzo river- across Henry Cowel park and in the summer got to enjoy the constant sound of train whistles and bus loads of loud unappreciative school kids- the redwood loop is my favorite- such rich history from a president falling asleep on a log- to a hallowed out tree where if my memory serves me right, a squatter tired of society’s pace took shelter.
Can’t bring dogs though, low blow park- low blow- I love my dog, and I love breaking big and bending as many rules , laws and decrees as possible- soooooo.......Great place to take your dog!

on Fall Creek

hiking
3 months ago

A beautiful hike shaded by the trees. I went early on a Sunday morning and saw about two other hikers for my 2.5 miles in. On the way out, however, I saw easily 20+ other hikers. I’d love to go again and get an even earlier start. There were very infrequent, brief sections of the path that were narrow, rocky, and/or interrupted by fallen trees.

best hike ever! easy not moderate, my kids love it!.

4 months ago

Great trail along the creek, wonderful redwood trees and other flora. All the trail is in the shade so perfect for hot summer days. Note that at one point the trail collapsed, there is a huge tree fallen on the creek, on which you should walk to continue.

4 months ago

Definitely a favorite now. We went August 25, the weather was perfect and in the morning about 9am, there was still parking, but it was filling up..

The first of the hike is where you gain your elevation. Coming back was all downhill. The redwoods are always breathtaking and do not disappoint and the creek is just a bonus.

In August there was still enough water rushing through the creek. It is nice and refreshing to stick your feet in after hiking for a few hours.

As we got closer to finishing the hike more people were headed in and it got crowded. Definitely worth getting an early start if you want some quiet time with the redwoods.

hiking
4 months ago

Too many people and walking up on someone dropping their drawers close to the creek was the final straw.

hiking
4 months ago

WARNING - the trail is completely eroded at https://www.google.com/maps/search/37.06963,-122.10235 going through older comments now I see others mention this and some say you can get through by going into the creek but it may have gotten worse. The creek has a lot of fallen trees in it so not clear it can be reasonably traversed and from the point at which you would need to go through it, it isn't clear you can get back on the trail or how long you'll have to keep climbing over fallen trees in the creek.

The trail is beautiful though but if you do it plan enough time to get to the erosion point and then go back out the way you came so the distance is closer to 14 miles.

Easy hike, beautiful trail by the river.

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