Explore the most popular river 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.

2 days ago

Beautiful plants and creek.

A good hike in stunning groves of giant redwoods. Not busy at alll. A good mix of flat trail, winding climb up and down and scrambled on fallen trees over the stream.

hiking
4 days ago

Nice nature hike not too crowded. Trail was along the creek mostly. No bathrooms so be prepared.

4 days ago

Beautiful hike. One of the best in NorCal.

4 days ago

Beautiful hike. One of best in NorCal.

hiking
8 days ago

Awesome trail. It's actually 9 miles and if you take wrong turns like we did then it becomes 10 miles :D But don't worry it will still be very beautiful and enjoyable. The trail runs adjacent to the Fall Creek and that adds to the beauty of the trail. There are a lot of fallen trees and path going under those trees or go over them. The trail can get confusing since there are places where multiple diversions are possible, so make sure to keep a Google maps or All Trails map on so that you don't get lost. There are a few small waterfalls too on the trail.

hiking
17 days ago

Beautiful trail. Moderate. Closer to 9 miles than 8 miles according to my Apple Watch GPS. Took about 4.5 hours to complete including a few rest breaks. Beautiful walk in the redwoods. This trail passes by “Big Ben” giant redwood. The trail is washed away for about a 10 yard section on the eastern fall creek section of the loop but if it is passable by just making your way across the large tree and rocks that are over the creek.

Beautiful trail. I’d say it’s more on the easy side of moderate. There are a number of down trees so we weren’t able to make it to the turn around point listed here since our baby carriers made it too tricky. I’d definitely come out to this area again. Looks like there’s miles of trails we can connect for this.

Nice trail. Despite others opinion, “moderate” is an accurate description. Anyone not agile would have difficulty. The trail has not been cleared of debris from spring rains that caused havoc in the area with landslides (portion of trail re-routed) and many trees to maneuver over and/or under. The trail follows the stream most of the time. Thus, the sounds of water rushing thru the rocks and logs make for an enjoyable hike. We walked up to the Barrel Hill Area and the trail and flora was much the same with more distance to the hike.

Don’t take this hike in the winter or early spring. We were prepared for a 6 mile hike but at the end of the loop, when we were supposed to cross the river and climb the hill back to the car, we found that the river was way too high to cross. What was supposed to be a 6 mile hike turned into a 10 mile hike. Also, this hike has you walking on train track (not pleasant) for a long time and then crossing a trestle. Wouldn’t you know it, the train came when we were right in the middle. This is a beautiful area but don’t take this hike.

Awesome spot !

Most amazing creek trail my family has ever taken. Runs along the creek with tons of flora to check out. A few inclines, but mostly flat. We would agree that the trail is not truly moderate in difficulty, but somewhere in between moderate and easy.

horseback riding
2 months ago

Great place to take the horses to take a dip. Close to Graham Hill campground where they have overnight facilities for horses. Can get crowded in the summer, but it’s a beautiful park, and all of the trails are fun. We can do a lot of it at a canter even with groups of kids.

2 months ago

all around great trail

on Fall Creek

hiking
2 months ago

This is one of the most beautiful Hikes I have ever hiked.With slight drizzle and cloudy skies , it was a amazing hike and I had stopped by the redwood for nearly an hour to enjoy the nature's beauty. For the most part of trail you will have the pristine creek running by beside the trail. the ascend and descend alternates itself and gives you a pleasure of a good workout. Although there is something about the trail I would like to mention. If you are taking the loop through Fall creek south fork trail and join back the Fall creek trail after hiking Big Ben Trail, then after hiking 1.3 miles in Fall creek trail from Big Ben along the creek, you will find that the path has been completely eroded and there is no way to proceed further. You would have to take a switch back to reach the Truck Trail, then hike thru Ridge Trail and S-Cape Trail to join the fall creek trail back. The switch back is not a well marked trail path and you have to figure it out moving back from the closed path say by .2 miles , this increases the trail distance to 10.3 miles and is not what that has been mentioned.

Enjoyed mild hiking along the shock resistant trail surrounded by old redwoods and crystal clear creek..

This is my favorite hike in Santa Cruz

3 months ago

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

Beautiful and busy. If you go farther back towards the mill it becomes more peaceful. Some trail wash out and fallen trees but easy to navigate and find the trail again. Waterproof boots make that part easier. Chilly but refreshing, had a great time!

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
3 months ago

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

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

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

trail running
4 months ago

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

hiking
4 months 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.

4 months 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
5 months ago

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

hiking
6 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

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.

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