Henry Cowell Redwood Grove Loop

Nature walk in a grove of huge, ancient trees.

Hiking Easy

Distance
1.5 km
Ascent
13 m
Descent
13 m
Duration
0-1 hrs
Low Point
78 m
High Point
88 m
Gradient
Henry Cowell Redwood Grove Loop Map

Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park is one of the best places to see huge trees. This natural area is near Santa Cruz, but remains a reasonable drive from most part of the Bay Area. The little bit of extra distance makes it far less crowded than Muir Woods National Monument, and you can drive your own car right in, rather than taking a shuttle like at Muir Woods. This park also has a nice campground if you want to spend the weekend.

Description

Because the main attraction is the trees, the best trail to see them is the park’s most popular. It’s the Redwood Grove Loop, a flat, wheelchair-accessible path through an ancient forest. The stars are coast redwood trees, which grow up to 275 feet tall here. One of them has a huge cavity near its base that you⁠—and the rest of the family⁠—can fit inside. There are also very tall Douglas fir trees and other, smaller residents like banana slugs. They thrive in this uniquely cool and damp environment beneath the canopy. Pick up a pamphlet near the trailhead and turn the loop into a self-guided nature tour.

Sources: https://www.parks.ca.gov/?pageid=546 https://www.parks.ca.gov/pages/546/files/HenryCowellRedwoodGroveLoopTrail2013.pdf

Difficulty

Easy

Walking along a well-kept trail that’s mostly flat. No obstacles are present.

Low Exposure

1 out of 4

The path is on completely flat land and potential injury is limited to falling over.

Remoteness

1 out of 4

Close to help in case of emergency.

Best time to visit

January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December

Features

  • Wildlife
  • Historical
  • Picturesque
  • Wild flowers
  • Family friendly
  • Forestry or heavy vegetation

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