Looking for a great trail in Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park, California? AllTrails has 32 great hiking trails, running trails, views trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Ready for some activity? There are 21 moderate trails in Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park ranging from 2.2 to 9.5 miles and from 255 to 2,004 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!

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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 in the redwoods. Some pretty muddy spots, and be careful of ticks if you have a dog!

Beautiful scenery on this trail and great for dogs. There are few, if any, signs along sections of the trail, so it was difficult to follow since we’re new to the area. It was pretty muddy after the recent rain, but overall a nice hike.

Th is trail is awesome. So much nature to take in and man paths to trek.

Great one of my favorite trail.

hiking
15 days ago

Did this counterclockwise on Sunday afternoon. The Lost Emperor section is easier going up since it is steeper and rougher. From Big Ben tree on wards it is an easy descent to the parking lot. The bypass for the eroded section can be tricky.

Great redwoods and views of Santa Cruz and the Monterey bay.

hiking
20 days ago

Wear layers!

Nice trail, dog friendly, goes through several microhabitats and has a great lookout. Trail is in good condition, mostly dry except for a few small muddy spots.

doesn't say where to park on 9, or where trail starts.

hiking
muddy
22 days ago

Some parts of the trail overgrown. Near upper Truck trail connection to Fall Creek. Not well traveled up there. Trail out on Fall creek coming down from Barrell Mill Site, you have to cross on a log.

Exceptionally beautiful part of the Santa Cruz Mountains. Hike was easy. Muddy in some areas. Many creek crossings but the park set up small bridges to get across. Will definitely hike this many more times to come!

Short easy trail. Great for families, including elderly and children. Lots of points of interest - pick up the Redwood Grove Loop Trail guide at Visitor Center

super peaceful

Awesome New Year’s Eve hike! Wear layers. Some mud.

One of our favorite trail in the Bay Area. Completely shaded the whole way, challenging enough for an immediate hiker. This trail is not as well maintained as other trails, so we had to jump through fallen trees and pass through creek (I soaked my shoe once) but these at part of the fun!

30 days ago

Dogs are not allowed on most of this hike... only the Pipeline Road. So I skipped the redwood grove part and went just along the Pipeline Road since I had my dog with me. It was super frustrating to get in visible distance of the observation tower but not be able to go there because I had my dog with me and there was a giant No Dogs sign 1/4 of a mile from it. Then I had to make it an out and back trail instead because the loop part is also no dogs allowed. Probably would be a nice hike without a dog.

Awesome trail, walk to the end and see the river!

Didn’t do the entire trail. Being from out of state, it was a delightful walk amongst the trees. A bit soggy. Glad to have the map to help guide me back to the car. I’ll be back to do more!

hiking
muddy
1 month ago

Beautiful trail! I would say it’s on the easier side.

The burned out Chapparal at the top of the hill with an observation deck was incredibly memorable and worth the hike alone. Trough conditions were decent. Wet but doable.

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blowdown
closed
washed out
1 month ago

First off, if your simply staying on the creek trail it’s a easy hike. But short lived. We started off going right from the parking lot and making a big loop out of it. Take ridge trail up to truck trail and cut off at Big Ben. This way you can start from the other end of fall creek trail and come back for a more rewarding hike. All the good scenic stuff is right here and there’s a cut off trail to the lime kilns as well. All that together I would rate it as intermediate. We went about 3-4 weeks ago and there was a section of trail closed and a big section of fall creek trail that’s washed out.

Great easy loop trail, brought a bottle of wine to enjoy after reaching the end and watched the banana slugs.

Good trail. Relatively simple with some cool lime kiln stopping points. First half is kind of a bore, but once you get to the streams it’s pretty neat.

Nothing ruins a trail for me like having to pay a fee to use it... there are tons of other free trails that are much better IMO.

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