Henry Cowell full circle: hike through redwoods and a river, 3C
Black Moutain Hiking Section
Saturday Aug. 17. 9:00 a.m. carpool.
Hike under the giant redwood trees at Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park located in Felton on Highway 9. We'll start at park headquarters and circle through almost the entire park. There are several no-bridge crossings of the San Lorenzo River, and we'll be trying out most of them. Water levels in the river are unusually low this year; but even so, expect to wade across some refreshing, knee-deep, gently flowing water. This is the long version of this popular summer hike with a total distance of 12 miles and 2500 feet of elevation gain. Some "early outs" are possible if you're familiar with the park.
Bare feet or water shoes will work well for the river crossings, but you may want footwear with some tread for the trails. Hiking poles, if you have them, are suggested. Shorts, or long pants that can roll-up or get wet, would also be a good idea. As always, bring plenty of water to drink, lunch, and money for parking and carpooling.
Meet 9:00, Los Gatos Free Parking in downtown Los Gatos. Directions: From Highway 17, exit at Highway 9, Los Gatos-Saratoga Road. Go west two blocks and find the parking lot on the right just beyond the University Avenue traffic light.
If meeting us at the park, please plan to be there early, at the park's main parking area near the store by 9:30. Directions to the park: From the Bay Area, take Highway 17 south. After going over the Santa Cruz Mountains, turn right on Mt. Hermon Road. Follow Mt. Hermon Road 4 miles until it ends at Graham Hill Road. Turn right, and go to the next traffic light (Highway 9). Turn left on Highway 9 and go through downtown Felton. The park entrance will be a half mile down on the left.
Leader: Bruce Rienzo,[masked], [masked]