Hike to the Observation Deck in Henry Cowell Redwoods SP

Felton, California

based on 4 reviews



5 miles

Elevation Gain

600 ft

Route Type



Added by Carter Clark

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.  

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This is a great park. The hike is a decent one and you get to feel immersed in nature.

This is a great medium length hike. Not too long, but still gets you out into nature. If looking for something longer try the Fall Creek trail. Also the natural foods market in Felton has great smoothies for post hiking snacks.

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.

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

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