Outbound Collective logo

Observation Deck Loop in Henry Cowell Redwoods SP

Felton, California

based on 4 reviews



5.3 miles

Elevation Gain

869 ft

Route Type



Added by Carter Clark

Amazing hike among 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. 

Starting at the Redwood Grove Loop Trail, follow the trail until it connects with the Pipeline Road Trail and continue on Pipeline Road. Wandering amongst stunning redwoods, you will eventually cross over the Eagle Creek Trail and stay on Pipeline Road. Continue on Pipeline until making a Left on Powder Mill Rd. Continue on Powder Mill until connecting with Pine Trail and taking a left onto Pine Trail, which will take you to your desired destination of the Observation Deck.  If you're solo, a hammock and book are a great idea. With a group, there are great little spots for picnics, etc.

After the observation deck, you'll join Eagle Creek Trail to take you back toward Pipeline Road. This section is singletrack, so be aware of mountain bikers who are often taking advantage of the excellent trails out here. Once back on Pipeline, retrace your steps to the Redwood Grove Loop and either continue the the loop to the parking area or head back the same way you came when you first hiked through the Redwood Grove. 

Read More

Download the Outbound mobile app

Find adventures and camping on the go, share photos, use GPX tracks, and download maps for offline use.

Get the app
Download GPX File


Dog Friendly
Easy Parking
Family Friendly

Observation Deck Loop in Henry Cowell Redwoods SP Reviews

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!

Leave No Trace

Always practice Leave No Trace ethics on your adventures and follow local regulations. Please explore responsibly!


Redwood Grove Loop

Tree Climb Mount Hermon

Camp at Henry Cowell Redwoods Campground

Limestone Kilns and Big Ben Redwood Loop

Hike Fall Creek at Henry Cowell SP

Hike the Rincon Fire Trail