June 19, 2009

Henry Cowell Hike - Eagle Creek to Redwood Grove

We started this 4.25 mile hike from the campground on our first day at the park, after setting up our site. The trailhead to Eagle Creek is between sites 82 and 84. Most of the trail is shaded, as it passes through redwoods. We took Eagle Creek trail down to the river. It was a bit steep early on and then leveled out once we got to River Trail. Once at the San Lorenzo river, we followed it towards the visitor center. We passed several opportunities to stop and take a dip in the water but didn't since we weren't prepared and were trying to make it back by sunset. We continued on Pipeline Road (a paved fire road) and after making a brief stop at nature store, made our way to the paved Redwood Grove Loop Trail. The entire loop through old-growth redwoods and ferns is 0.8 miles. The loop was a nice stroll, and we saw some runners making their way around it a few times too. After the loop we headed back to our campsite. On the way back we could hear the sound from the nearby Roaring Camp Railroad and came across horses, as the trail is shared.

Start of the Hike

San Lorenzo River

Coolest Trash Can Ever

Redwood Grove

Redwood Grove