Hike to the Observation Deck in Henry Cowell Redwoods SP

Hike to the Observation Deck in Henry Cowell Redwoods SP

Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park Visitor Center

Distance

5 Miles

Elevation Gain

600 Feet

Activities

Photography, Hiking

Skill

Intermediate

Season

Year Round

Type

Out-and-Back

Added by

Carter Clark

Dog Friendly
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Forest
Groups
Scenic
Wildflowers
Wildlife

Amazing hike amongst old redwoods to an observation deck - the tallest lookout in the entire park

The trail starts at the Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park Visitors Center. Grab a map in the center, as your hike has you turning onto a few different trails to get to the observation deck. 

Start on the Pipeline Road trail. Wandering amongst stunning redwoods, you will eventually turn left onto Eagle Creek Trail. This section is singletrack, so be aware of mountain bikers who are often taking advantage of the excellent trails out here. Your next turn is a right onto Pine Trail. If you reach the campground, you have gone too far and need to turn around to find Pine. Once on that trail, you'll end up at the observation deck. While the deck is the end result, there are ample places to stop and hang out for a while along the way. If you're solo, a hammock and book are a great idea. With a group, there are great little spots for picnics, etc.

Your elevation will be just over 800 feet, but the total gain on the hike is only 600 feet.  

Community Photos

Always practice Leave No Trace ethics on your adventures and follow local regulations.

Nearby Lodging

From $100/night

Walkabout

Santa Cruz, California

From $120/night

Serene Redwood Retreat

Ben Lomond, California

From $176/night

Asilomar Hotel and Conference Grounds

Pacific Grove, California

Reviews

Leave a Review

Overall rating: 

Leisurely Hike to a Decent View

I’d call this an average hike. The hike was 2 hours long round trip with about 15 minutes of observation included. If you’re looking for a longer hike this isn’t it. But there are other trails so maybe you can tack on another hike.

Always A Fun Relaxing Time!

Been coming here and exploring since I was a kid, every season is wonderful!

Distance

5 Miles

Elevation Gain

600 Feet

Activities

Photography, Hiking

Skill

Intermediate

Season

Year Round

Type

Out-and-Back

Added by

Carter Clark

Nearby Adventures

Adventure

Take a Stroll on the Redwood Grove Loop

Adventure

Hike to the Garden of Eden Swimming Hole

Adventure

Camp at Henry Cowell Redwoods Campground

Adventure

Hike to Limestone Kilns and Big Ben Redwood

More Nearby Adventures

Tours

More Tours

Related Stories

destinations

A Magical Yosemite Valley Winter Storm

A Yosemite Winter Wonderland

gear

La Sportiva Women's Skwama Climbing Shoe Review

Super sticky, super responsive, and just as badass as the men’s version of the shoe.

travel

A Few Days in Rossland, BC - A Must-Stop on the Powder Highway

If this town of less than 4,000 friendly folks doesn’t charm your socks off, the terrain at RED M...

destinations

WATCH: A Way of Life Under Attack - 'Welcome to Gwichyaa Zhee'

All over this country, indigenous people are literally just fighting for their identity.

More Stories