Distance: 0.8 miles round trip on trail
Summit Elevation: 738' (at the start of the trail)
Elevation Gain: 0'
Elevation Gain (in Empire State Buildings): 0.00
Round trip time: 30 minutes
Recommended water: 0 oz.
Parking/Fees: $10 state park fee
We vacationed in Monterey, CA over the holidays and my only outing was a family trip to Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park north of Santa Cruz. The park has plenty of parking, restrooms, a store, and visitors center. There were a group of deer near the entrance, but I failed to get a photo.
There are several trails in the park, but we only walked the main Redwood Grove Trail. It is level, very wide, and well maintained probably due to the popularity of the trees. The redwoods were up to 16' wide and topped out about 275' above the forest floor. They are just massive, giant things straight out of a Lord of the Rings movie, and everyone was in awe. Park literature claims the oldest trees here are about 1,800 years old. It's hard to think of living things that ancient.