Pipeline Road Trail is a 5.9 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Felton, California that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 5.9 miles Elevation Gain: 859 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dogs on leash

wheelchair friendly

kid friendly

stroller friendly


nature trips

road biking


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wild flowers


The Pipeline Ridge Road Trail bisects the entire section of Henry Cowell Redwood State park. Hike from the Park Office and Entrance Station all the way through to the Horse Grounds. This trail offers stunning views of the San Lorenzo River Valley. This trail is paved and open to hikers and bikers. This trail is dog friendly, but the dirt trails that intersect it are not dog friendly.

2 months ago

Great trail for dogs. The only downside is that it is all asphalt trails

3 months ago

The park is absolutely beautiful and filled with friendly faces. There are a lot of folk out walking their dogs and walking with their families.

3 months ago

Great for hiking with the pup. Mostly paved and follows by the river. We only walked about 1.5 miles of this and turned around- it’s a good bit of uphill and our pup was tired!

4 months ago

This is a road, not a trail. About 6 miles with rolling hills, about 1,000 feet elevation gain. I love this walk because it’s dog friendly but if you don’t have a dog, I would take one of the other Henry Cowell trails, they are much more scenic.

5 months ago

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

8 months ago

Perfect work out - pretty loved it.

9 months ago

I have fallen in love with this trail! It is beautiful and well maintained. One thing that really bothered me: I always hike with my dog, and many of the trails connected to this trail have signage that says dogs are not allowed. I really wanted to explore these other trails and spend more time there, but it seems I am limited to only the one paved trail.

10 months ago

a couple steep inclines but a nice morning walk

Mon May 13 2019

Great walk through a second growth redwood forest. We saw tons of dogs today and may have been the busiest trail we’ve been on in California in the past year. The whole road is paved and there’s just one real downhill / uphill section. Lots of shade, with beautiful dappled life coming through to the forest floor. Some poison oak off the trail, but it’s wide enough you shouldn’t need to bump into any.

Sat Mar 23 2019

short out & back along the dog-friendly part of the park (pipeline Rd)

Sat Feb 23 2019

Good for family hiking, high traffic, lots of J smokers

Tue Jan 01 2019

Not really a trail, but a paved path. Great scenery and workout. Great for dogs. There are many trails that feel more like a real hike that branch off from Pipeline Road, however dogs are not allowed on those.

Fri Nov 02 2018

amazing trail!

Sun Oct 21 2018

Good for a walk with your furry friend.

Sat Oct 13 2018

Took Pipeline road trail to Ridge Fire trail to get to observatory point. Hiking through the redwoods on the pipeline trail is so beautiful! Ridge trail is so interesting. It goes up the mountain but the path is covered in white beach sand. Beach sand on top of a mountain is unheard of. This is because the top of the mountain used to be under the ocean 10 million years ago!!! Entire hike (round trip) is about 6.5km and it took 2 hours - from the beginning of pipeline to observation deck and back.

Fri Oct 12 2018

Great place to take the dog. I enjoyed seeing friendly people along the way.

Mon Oct 08 2018

Great hike if you have your dog with you!

Sat Oct 06 2018

Lots of poison oak, but if you stay on the path, you’re fine. A few spots where you can take dogs down to the river.

Sat Sep 01 2018

What a rewarding hike. The look out point is breathtaking.

Thu Jul 12 2018

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.

Mon Jul 09 2018

Fart touch galore

Sat Jul 07 2018

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

Wed Sep 27 2017

If you have dogs the only option is to follow the pathed path the entire trail- it's not allowed to cross over to other trails. There's a few steep hills for a good viewpoint at "overlook bench". For the $10 day use fee it was modest

Wed Jun 21 2017

All paved and lots of other trails to explore into. Really cool river spots to checkout right off the road.

Sun May 07 2017

love this hike

Sat Mar 25 2017

Very shady so I like it

Mon Jan 16 2017

Beautiful redwoods along this 6.2 out and back trail.

Sun Jun 26 2016

7.2 out and back on the Pipeline road.

Mon Apr 04 2016

Dog friendly

Sun Apr 03 2016

Took this trail to get to a redwoods trail by making the process longer for the .8 mile redwoods loop inside Henry Cowell, having parked on Hwy 9. It was a decent 2 mile addition, bit once we were in park, discovered more scenic trails that would have been better to extend the redwood loop. Decent trail to avoid paying the state park entrance fees.

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