Two River Crossings — Route I
8.0 miles     1400 ft
11 Aug 2012

Shaded hike through redwoods and with two river crossings.

Location: Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park

Elevation Profile
Trip Planning

Trail Maps

» Official Trail Map: High quality trail map with countours and trails clearly shown.

» Redwood Hikes Map: Annotated trail map of San Lorenzo Valley that shows many parks, not just Henry Cowell. This is an excellent map sold by Dave Baselt ($6.95 in Jan 2012).

» PeasePress Map: Trails of Santa Cruz: Excellent quality map showing various parks in the Santa Cruz area.


To First River Crossing (2.6 miles): Behind the bookstore, there is a trail that connects to River Trail (1.0 miles), which meanders next to San Lorenzo River. There are some unmarked junctions along this trail. As long as the trail goes next to the river, it is River Trail, until it meets Eagle Trail at a marked junction. Stay right and continue along River Trail (0.3 miles). Turn right on Rincon Fire Road (0.2 miles). Continue along Big Rock Hole Trail (1.1 miles) until it reaches a river. The river crossing is not here. Turn left and walk a few hundred feet to reach the spot where the trail ends and we have to cross the river.

To Second River Crossing (0.6 miles): After crossing the river, walk along Buckeye Trail (0.6 miles). There are no signs along Buckeye Trail between the two river crossings. When the trail ends, cross the river diagonally. Do not go straight ahead, instead walk towards the right to reach solid ground that has no vegetation.

To Park HQ (5.1 miles): Follow Buckeye Trail (0.7 miles, steep climb) → right on Powder Mill Trail (0.8 miles) → left on Graham Hill Trail (1.1 miles) to reach a paved road. Cross over and continue along Graham Hill Trail, which becomes Pine Trail (0.6 miles). Turn right onto Eagle Trail (0.7 + 0.2 miles) → right on River Trail (1.0 miles) to reach Park HQ. Close to the intersection of River Trail and Eagle Trail, there is a large area with river access.

Notes: Graham Hill Trail is next to a road. Avoid it by going along Powder Mill Road instead. The descent along Big Rock Hole Trail and the ascent via Buckeye Trail are pretty steep and are good for workout.


Location: 101 North Big Trees Park Road, Felton, CA 95018 . Parking area is visible in Google Maps if you zoom in sufficiently.

Directions: From CA-17 South, take exit 3 for Mount Hermon Road toward Felton / Big Basin. In 0.2 miles after the exit, turn right onto Mt Hermon Rd. After 3.5 miles, turn slight right onto Graham Hill Road. In 0.2 miles, turn left onto CA-9 South. In 0.6 miles, turn left onto N Big Trees Park Road. Keep driving for about a mile until you reach a large parking lot next to a bookstore.

Google Maps:

Parking Fees: $10 per vehicle (last visited: August 2012)

Capacity: Over 50 cars may be parked here.

Latitude: 37.040975     Longitude: -122.063371

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