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Henry Cowell/Observation Deck

The entrance is close to 1460 Graham Hill Road but it is across the street and down the road a bit. The entrance looks like this (coming from Felton. Give me a call if you can't find it[masked]-7243.

Distance: 4-5 miles

Elevation gain: About 800 feet

Exposure: Mixed Sun and Shade, mostly shade

Trail Conditions: Steep in places, 2 creek crossings (coming and going); ticks and poison oak. 

Duration: No more than three hours

What to Bring: Water, tick repellent, hiking sticks if you use them. A snack if you want to have a bite at the observation deck. We'll be mostly in the shade but there will be some sun on the trail to the observation deck.  It is colder in the trees down near the water although you'll get warm hiking up the hill.

From the trailhead we will descend to Powder Mill Creek and pass over the creek (which is low and easy to cross) the path twists and turns to ascend into the park until it intersects with Powder Mill Fire Road. We will turn right at the intersection and make our way up to the Observation Deck where we will rest before starting our return trip.

This is a moderately strenuous hike, you should be in condition to keep up with the group. If you are faster than the group and want to go ahead, keep the group in sight unless you are positive you know the route we are taking.  There are several areas with short but sustained uphill climbs.  

By joining us you agree to hold the organizer harmless in the event of an injury. You are responsible for your own safety. 


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  • A former member
    A former member

    Yes! Loved every minute--and first time I've heard a pacific wren. Thanks, Ralaine and Kitty-and for the bird ID. See you all soon, I hope.

    1 · March 27, 2014

  • Ralaine

    Thanks for going everyone. Nice the way we just beat the rain.

    March 25, 2014

  • Sandy

    The Observation Deck hike, was nice, as always .
    Thanks , Ralaine :-)

    1 · March 25, 2014

  • Michael

    Great hike, people and weather. Thanks Ralaine.

    1 · March 25, 2014

  • Jeff

    Perfect midday hike and precision timing - in and out before the sprinkles. Thanks Ralaine!

    1 · March 25, 2014

  • Kitty S.

    Perfect hike, and the weather was on our side too. Thanks Ralaine.

    1 · March 25, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Rain forecast has rain arriving around 1PM. Going to play it safe and go to the gym here. Enjoy!

    March 25, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Ralaine: Rain cancels for me and plus one.

    March 24, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Ralaine,
    Can we meet at the Safeway and follow you in?

    March 20, 2014

    • Ralaine

      I can meet you at the mini mart at 1460 Graham Hill Road at 10:50 and you can follow me to the entrance.

      March 21, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      I may carpool with Jeff but if he has to cancel I will meet you at the Mini Mart. I will let you know in advance.

      March 21, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Don't know why all these are during the week, when people work :(

    March 19, 2014

    • Ralaine

      Sorry, the hikes I schedule are usually during the week when the trails are less crowded. There are other hiking groups that go on the weekend, let me know if you want help locating them.

      March 21, 2014

  • melvee

    Would anyone like to carpool to the trail head from Santa Cruz?

    March 19, 2014

  • Donna

    oh man, I would so love to do this one but I will be up in Oregon hiking up there with my big brother!!! hope next time

    1 · March 19, 2014

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