Looking for a great trail in Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park, California? AllTrails has 31 great hiking trails, trail 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 20 moderate trails in Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park ranging from 2.2 to 8.4 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.

hiking
2 days ago

Found some new dirt.... sand actually. Pine trail was winds along a chaparral ridge next to a burn section...The view is excellent ... we encountered dozens of woodpeckers . Eagle creek is beautiful even this late in fall. I can’t wait to see after the rains.

magnificent. challenging, beautiful and so peaceful

Ricky getting some !!!!

One of my favorite go to’s for a quick and easy hike. Always beautiful no Matt what time of year.

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rocky
scramble
4 days ago

Not good for littler kids. More a moderate trail than easy. Pretty steep at many points

hiking
bridge out
washed out
4 days ago

great trail i usually hike in the north Sierra around Tahoe this was a nice change of pace ,nice history around the the o wood argee its more like 10 miles verry cool trail

Solid hike, good shading, perfect 2-3 hr hike

Confusing trails but beautiful.

hiking
over grown
rocky
washed out
18 days ago

Made this hike in about three hours. The entirety of this trail is a forest, and there are numerous large Redwoods throughout. Other than a couple of places, the trail is pretty clearly delineated the entire way, though there has been some blowdowns and slides, particularly along the trail as the parallels Fall Creek.

Easy trail. Super kids friendly. Recommended for a short walk with the family. A lot of interesting things to see along.

Great 3 to 4 hour hike. Lost trail is more advanced than moderate due to the steepness. Huge redwoods best the top of lost trail. Hardly any traffic on Lost trail. Serene walk along the creek coming back down.

hiking
23 days ago

Good trail with lots of shade, scenery, and history. However, some areas could be better marked-- when in doubt follow the creek.

Beautiful hike along creek.

The trails uphill are very well marked and signaled. The ones close to the river are not and they have a lot of dead ends. There is no bridge to cross the river, and there are places were you just can't walk next to it because there are big rocks on the sides. Be prepared to redo your walk.

Great full day hike when done as a loop. First part of the trail follows the creek up into the mountain with lots of shade and minor obstacles. Second half, if taken to the east, goes up into the mountain even more with the trail becoming a little difficult to find at some points. You kind of feel like you’re heading in a wrong direction, but it does make a bend and start heading back after it levels out along some private property. Take plenty of water and maybe some snacks because this does end up being a long trip.

hiking
29 days ago

Short easy trail.

hiking
closed
over grown
1 month ago

The NE portion of the trail was closed for restoration so I had to improvise, taking MTB trails in the general direction I needed to go to complete the loop. Prior to that, it took me through a couple areas that were terribly overgrown (with lots of poison oak too) and you could barely follow the trail. Would recommend taking a different route back after reaching the observation deck.

If you love big tall trees, shade and a crystal clear creek running by you while you hike, than you will love this trail. We enjoyed it tremendously. Highly recommended. Some trails don’t have arrows so be careful but do download this App! Very useful!

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off trail
over grown
scramble
1 month ago

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blowdown
over grown
1 month ago

Amazing hike! Went off to the left around the loop. Great uphill hike and a nice trek back along the creek. Will be back

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