Henry Cowell Redwoods

2.83 out of 5
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Fire Road
↑ 2,300 ft
↓ 2,300 ft
elevation (ft)

Trail Description
About this trail
Take Pipeline road, a paved fireroad, from the parking lot along the river and up a steep hill for about a mile. Continue down the hill some until you get to Powder Mill fireroad. Turn left and go up hill until the campground, take another left up Fire Ridge Road to the observation deck for a killer view down to the ocean. Continue down the hill, unfortunately it's a big sand trap for the next half mile. Once Ridge Road crosses Pipeline you get into a sweet forested section. At the next junction go left to the river or right down some steep sections back to Pipeline road. Nothing technical here, just a great workout in beautiful redwoods.
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Trail Features
Trail features
  • Lift Service
  • Drinking Water
  •   Night Riding
  • Pump Track
  • Restrooms
  • Winter Fat Biking
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Recent Trail Check-ins     (41 total check-ins)
  vinnyl26   on Oct 3, 2019
  stmpjmpr   on Sep 29, 2019
  vinnyl26   on Sep 24, 2019
  stmpjmpr   on Aug 25, 2019
  vinnyl26   on Aug 15, 2019
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Reviews (6)

Granny Gear

January 11, 2017
stmpjmpr Granny Gear  
Review: Lots of good trails here, and a lot of connectors to other great riding. Sandy, but also recovers well from rain because of that.

Granny Gear

January 6, 2015
jdub88 Granny Gear  
Review: If you don't mind breaking the law, there are lots of good horse trails to ride. You can get in trouble for this, but i say f*** it, ride em anyways


September 25, 2014
justin70 Singletrack  
Review: Being a state forest, the mountain biking is targeted more at the family than the hardcore. Not a MTB destination to travel any distance for, but if you are staying in an RV park on the border (as we were) then you may as well...

Several "trails" are available, which range from a bitumen road to some nice fire roads (with no car access, these are better than expected)

The Rincon Trail links up to Pogonip / UCSC / Wilder Ranch.

Granny Gear

March 10, 2013
sidejob Granny Gear  
Review: The person that submitted the trail description here has no clue . There are several trails and options here but i would never recommend following any directions that include the words observation deck. You can also ride from cowell to pogonip and back . There is alot of great trails .

Bunny Hop

May 16, 2007
Review: Kind of ridiculous. Half of the time I was biking in a sandbox. The views really are spectacular, but the trails are so sandy and eroded that it can be hard to enjoy the ride.


June 25, 2006
gab26 Gnarly  
Review: Sandy, pavement and fire road. Not my favorite type of trail. The scenery is pretty good but I probably won't ride it again.

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