San Francisco: Cowell Redwoods Loop - Backpacker

San Francisco: Cowell Redwoods Loop

This Friday, skip gridlock and take mass transit to a campsite near big redwoods, then hike to views of Monterey Bay.
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Trail Facts

  • Distance: 7.4



Location: 37.0293006896973, -122.039703369141

From bus stop, head N to campground entrance on footpath along Graham Hill Rd. Go L @ opening in split-rail fence into park, and walk past ranger kiosk to campground


Location: 37.0307807922363, -122.043296813965

Take R into campground, then quick L. Follow signs to sites 82 & 84 for Eagle Creek Trail access. Overnighters: Camp here


Location: 37.0321006774902, -122.044898986816

L onto Eagle Creek Trail, then straight @ 4-way (still Eagle Creek Trail). Descend under thick, dark canopy of young redwoods and evergreens


Location: 37.0299682617188, -122.053398132324

R onto Pipeline Rd. beside bay laurels, sycamore and tan oaks


Location: 37.0323486328125, -122.056297302246

R @ Y (Pipeline Rd.); ahead, old RR trestle crosses San Lorenzo River


Location: 37.0348510742188, -122.058799743652

R @ Y. Ahead, go R, then L into Redwood Grove for .8-mile loop through park's oldest, tallest trees. On return, bear R on River Trail, passing Cable Car Beach across San Lorenzo River; mallards float past steelhead under huge bay laurels. Poppies and wildflowers line path


Location: 37.0304985046387, -122.055999755859

R @ Y


Location: 37.0281791687012, -122.056098937988

R @ T onto Rincon Fire Rd.


Location: 37.0257606506348, -122.055297851562

L @ 4-way onto Ridge Fire Rd.


Location: 37.0245590209961, -122.053100585938

R @ spur to overlook


Location: 37.0231285095215, -122.051803588867

Overlook bench: Santa Cruz Mtns., San Lorenzo River, eagles. Return to WPT 10, turn R, and head uphill on sandy path


Location: 37.0260581970215, -122.045997619629

Observation deck: See Monterey Bay, Santa Cruz. Take Ridge Fire Rd. .1 mi. to Powder Mill Fire Rd.; turn R, then L. Follow campground signs to close loop @ WPT 2

Towering trees

Location: 37.0355186462402, -122.058616638184

The trail takes a turn into a lush gully stocked with redwoods. ©Dave Miller

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