Big Rock Hole, Redwood Grove, Ox Trail Path Loop

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Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park

Big Rock Hole, Redwood Grove, Ox Trail Path Loop is a 5 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Santa Cruz, California that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.

Length5.0 miElevation gain862 ftRoute typeLoop
HikingNature tripsWalkingBird watchingrunningForestRiverViewsWildflowersWashed outNo dogs
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The route can be difficult to follow so you will likely want to bring the app or downloaded map with you. This trail features a giant swimming hole for hot days and a couple of river crossings. Hike under alders, cottonwoods, and big leaf maple to arrive at this oasis on the San Lorenzo River.

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Pooja Singal
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HikingGreat!

Did this a few months ago - gorgeous! Had to wade through about 6 inches of water in the river at that time. Redwoods were beautiful

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John Lamb
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Ron Gasparinetti
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HikingGreat!Off trailOver grownPrivate propertyRocky

As others have said, this trail is difficult to follow. There's a river crossing that's not shown on this route. If you look at my recording marked waypoint 2 you'll see that I searched for a better crossing....there are none. Water was mid-calf deep. The turn around at the top is another river crossing. In spite of the no trespassing signs, it appears that people use the train trestle. If you go just pass the trestle and look at the opposite shore you will see a small set of stairs leading down to the river....THAT'S the trail. There were plenty of gravel bars to cross the river at this point and the water isn't that deep. You eventually wind up on the train tracks for the last bit of the hike passing the Garden of Eden watering hole. Make sure you have this app when you go and that the battery on your phone is fully charged.

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Eric Walker
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Hiking

Shady, nice trail. Couldn’t find river crossings

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Jenn Trapp
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Hiking

Not my fave. Cool scenery, but the app doesn’t track well, so you get lost easily, there are two river crossings.

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Marcus Arista
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HikingOff trailOver grownRocky

Truthfully a really great hike for the most part. Started clockwise which was nice because we finished up coming out of the woods instead of walking along the railroad tracks (personal preference). Only downside id say is on the back end the trail becomes hard to see and if you dont have GPS its EASY TO GET LOST. We choose to winder off some too as well as you can see in the recording but other then that was a great day in the woods!

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Hayley McCarthy
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HikingOff trailOver grownScrambleWashed out

Spent the first 2.8 miles going back and forth trying to find a they trail that wasn’t washed out or impossible to cross over a river. Total bust.

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Alex N
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Nice forest trail. We went clockwise so the first part is totally flat and on a railroad but still good scenery. Passes by the entrance to the Garden of Eden swimming hole pretty soon in. Once you’re off the railroad, the trail becomes very hard to follow- had to keep this app with GPS open to be sure. Also plenty of poison oak and some overgrown parts. But not as difficult as I was expecting from other reviews. And beautiful forest thoughout. The last stretch of the trail was closed off so we took a different route marked Rincon fire trail on the map. Had to ford one small river about knee high. The beginning and end of the trail were busy with people coming to swim but the middle was fairly empty. Plenty of spots to stop by the river!

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Jason Ewbank
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HikingClosedOver grownRockyWashed out

Trail was definitely very difficult to stay on and rather difficult at points. Im still not sure if we were supposed to go of trail or not because we definitely searched for a way to stay on trail and follow the directions. However the plentiful collection of offshoot trail (not featured on the app) allowed us to find alternative paths to get to the goal. However if you want some stunning but steep private river and redwoods exploration this is the trail for you! I definitely recommend a swimsuit (or not, plenty of opportunities go just use your birthday suit).

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Ramsey Ben-Achour
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HikingOff trailWashed out

Beautiful trees and scenery, but the first part of the hike is washed out. You would have to cross the river a few times to stick to this path,. We had to turn back and take an alternative route in order to join back up with the trail later on.

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Trista Redfern
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HikingBlowdownClosedFloodedMuddyOff trailRockyWashed out

The trail is great starting out but Buckeye trail is not there and we had to climbed down an embankment, crawled under fallen trees to cross a waist deep river to get back on the trail. Luckily, we had walking sticks. Be careful and bring battery pack and enough water.

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