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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.

nature trips
1 day ago

Stunning

2 days ago

No... just, no.

walking
5 days ago

We went there with our dog! There are few trails where you can bring your dog (on a leash). Was really beautiful and peaceful. We even found a small piece of creek to refresh. We’ll definitely return!

on Fall Creek

hiking
7 days ago

Beautiful Trail!

Excellent 12k running trail.

The creek is a great place for young kids to play, but the slope heading up from it is very steep. We had to carry our 2 year old in a SSC. The underbrush is very overgrown this time of year (July) and lots of poison oak to look out for. The “shortcut” across this loop is extremely overgrown and steep slippery sections. I wouldn’t really recommend it for young children. Without the app and an active data connection, we would not have found our way as the trail markings are terrible!

Agree with above comment. My boyfriend is an avid mountain biker and said definitely don’t hike this route.

25 days ago

Great trail that follows the creek for a good distance. We did an out&back because there were some fallen trees blocking the path

Great trail. I hiked with a full pack in preparation for an upcoming camping trip. Only saw about 6 people on the trail. 98% full tree coverage from the sun and zero bugs! A real treat for a Wisconsin native.

1 month ago

Saw Big Ben

1 month ago

Pipeline trail is all paved and kind of an easier end of a moderate rating. We ended up with switching to river trail to eagle creek trail and make a loop and come back out. Those trails are primarily for mountain biking. Don’t forget the bug spray when you reached the higher elevation part of eagle creek trails.

Fart touch galore

This trail had a lot of fart touch going on..

Beautiful, easy hike. Lots of water still. Feels like ur in Jurassic Park lol. You can easily extend it and add a more difficulty by way of elevation gain and distance. Small parking lot and the trails get crazy crowded with big groups- beware.

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful views, a couple tough hills. Great path for dog walkers. Henry Cowell is a gem!

One of the prettiest hikes I’ve done! I went on a Monday to beat the crowds and still shared the trail with lots of people probably with the same idea, but it wasn’t too packed. I took the Fall Creek trail to The Ridge tail and it dumps you back off higher on the Fall Creek trail. The Ridge trail was mostly uphill and a little too strenuous for my kids, but after some complaining we got it done. The scenery can’t be beat! We saw lots of nature including a baby snake and banana slugs.

wow! great trail with lots of trees.

Beautiful trail in Fall Creek! The lime kilns are somewhat uneventful, but the actual hike up to them is gorgeous. This is moderate because of the fallen trees and other obstacles, otherwise it is somewhat easy, with a mostly wide trail & relatively low elevation change.

1 month ago

Wonderful trail . Lots of trees with the sound of creek beside you . Trail was not marked well at a lot of places . Alltrails is a must have !

hiking
1 month ago

LOVE this trail!

hiking
1 month ago

Great easy trail we love to walk with our 2 year old. Always bring any out-of-towners here to see the beautiful California redwoods. It can get crowded during the busy season which is summer and major holidays.

Great trail. all routes are cleared from fallen trees, and gps matches the trail very good for most of the trail. enjoyed it very much.

2 months ago

Great trails and very serene! Beautiful views too ❤️

hiking
2 months ago

Went clockwise for this hike. Took about 3.5 hours to complete. The trails are beautiful, lots of different variety of plants and trees. Most of the trail is along the river. Note: this trail is not at the main Henry C. Park., you have to drive to the other section of the park. Overall decent workout and lovely scenery.

I would rate as easy, very beautiful !

2 months ago

very nice hike, its between easy to moderate. if you are looking for a blissful day and spend some time with the music of creek along your way. this is it. :)

hiking
2 months ago

Ideal hiking difficulty — either direction you choose on the loop is more or less ascending until about the halfway point, and then it’s a good descent. I did the loop clockwise, and luckily I ran into people who had already made a wrong turn at the 5-mike mark to put me on the correct path and prevent me from hiking an extra mile or two. Hiking along the creek was pleasant. The AllTrails map is a must have!

nature trips
2 months ago

Ah bit crowded, a lot of stuff going on besides nature.

Really awesome and not busy at all. At one point the trail is overwhelmed by fallen trees. That’s why there is a warning sign at the start of the trail saying that the trail is closed at one spot due to a landslide. Really not a big deal. Just climb over the trees (the sign about the trail being closed at that particular spot is a few years old).

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