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Eagle Creek Trail Hike

Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park, Santa Cruz

San Francisco Peninsula + Santa Cruz, California

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  • Banana slug (Ariolimax californicus).- Eagle Creek Trail Hike
  • Box Car Beach along the San Lorenzo River.- Eagle Creek Trail Hike
  • Eagle Creek Trail and Rincon Road connection.- Eagle Creek Trail Hike
  • Eagle Creek Trail and Rincon Road connection.- Eagle Creek Trail Hike
  • Hiking the Eagle Creek Trail.- Eagle Creek Trail Hike
  • Redwoods along the Eagle Creek Trail.- Eagle Creek Trail Hike
  • Hiking Eagle Creek Trail.- Eagle Creek Trail Hike
  • Hiking Eagle Creek Trail.- Eagle Creek Trail Hike
  • Orange oyster mushroom.- Eagle Creek Trail Hike
  • Orange oyster mushroom.- Eagle Creek Trail Hike
  • Huge fungus mass growing out of a dead redwood stump.- Eagle Creek Trail Hike
  • Looking through a burned redwood stump.- Eagle Creek Trail Hike
  • Hiking the Eagle Creek Trail.- Eagle Creek Trail Hike
  • Big burls on a redwood tree.- Eagle Creek Trail Hike
  • Hiking the Eagle Creek Trail.- Eagle Creek Trail Hike
  • Eagle Creek.- Eagle Creek Trail Hike
  • Hiking the Eagle Creek Trail.- Eagle Creek Trail Hike
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Pros: 
Beautiful walk through redwoods.
Cons: 
None.
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Region:
San Francisco Peninsula + Santa Cruz, CA
Congestion: 
Moderate
Pets allowed: 
No
Net Elevation Gain: 
327.00 ft (99.67 m)
Parking Pass: 
State Park Fee
Preferable Season(s):
Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
Total Distance: 
1.30 mi (2.09 km)
Trail type: 
There-and-back
Trailhead Elevation: 
197.00 ft (60.05 m)
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Hike Description

Hike Description

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Box Car Beach is located where Eagle Creek and the San Lorenzo River meet in Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park. It is from this junction that you can take Eagle Creek Trail, which follows the creek upgrade where it connects near Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park Campground on Pine Trail. Take River Trail from the park office for a direct route here, or use Pipeline Road to cross this trail not far from the trailhead. 

A serene forest with towering redwoods, luscious green ferns and clover that line the path awaits your arrival. This trail is well marked and fairly easy going. The last third of the way is where you will find most of the elevation change. This ascent takes you out of the redwood groves and into pine and mountain chaparral where it eventually connects with Pine Trail. Take this trail for some great views of the park, or to continue to the campground.

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