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San Jose, California
August 6, 2016
Henry Cowell State Park / Fall Creek
Santa Cruz County
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Henry Cowell State Park / Fall Creek
August 6, 2016
10:00 AM

Wilder Ranch Sign Painted On Fence

The Fall Creek unit of Henry Cowell State Park occupies a steep canyon on the side of Ben Lomond Mountain. The park is almost entirely wooded with dense second-growth redwood-dominant forests. The main attraction, though, isn't the redwoods but the extravagantly lush canyon bottom with its lively creek and abundant redwood sorrel ground cover.

Fields With Trees In The Distance

Level: 3.5 Challenging - Miles: 8.2 - Elevation change: 1760 ft - Host: Johanna J.

Panoramic View

The first half of this hike is a strenuous climb through young second-growth mixed woodland, ending at the Big Ben tree. The meeting will take place after a short descent from Big Ben, the midpoint of the hike. This is followed by a descent through lush second-growth redwoods along lively Fall Creek.

Panoramic View

Directions:

Hwy 17 South toward Santa Cruz. Take the Mt. Hermon Rd. exit, Exit 3. Turn right onto Mt. Hermon Rd, continue through Scotts Valley. Turn right onto Graham Hill Rd. At the next light, go forward (slight left) onto Felton Empire Rd. Destination is approx. 1/2 mile up Felton Empire Rd. on the right. Fall Creek Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park, 1400 FELTON EMPIRE RD.

Travel time from San Jose: Approximately 40 Minutes

Know Before You Go:

Parking Free
No Dogs Allowed. Parking is limited, please carpool. Overflow parking can be found along Felton Empire Rd. This entrance to Henry Cowell State Park has no facilities, so plan accordingly.


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