37° 2' 26.48'' N 122° 3' 54.82'' W

Dispatch: Mountain Biking the Santa Cruz Redwoods to the Pacific Ocean

Aaron McHugh

The flowy turns are silent. The thousand-year-old Redwoods peak at three hundred feet absorbing every sound below. The trails in Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park are like Jurassic Park meets the Ewoks from Return of the Jedi.

The route

Henry Cowell allows bikes only on Pipeline Road, Rincon Fire Road, Ridge Fire Road, and Powder Mill Fire Road. The best route is to loop Pipeline Road to Powder Mill Fire Road. Then take Rincon Fire Road to Railway Tracks until it dumps you out into a neighborhood. Meander towards the Santa Cruz Riverwalk path and take south towards the ocean.

Detailed trail information is available at Trailforks.

Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park to Santa Cruz Google Maps

The Pacific Ocean finish

Wash down your ride with a Lost Coast Brewery Great White beer and seafood at Splash on the Wharf.

Bill and I descending to the Pacific