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America’s State Parks First Day Hikes: California

Location of the Event: Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park

Time of the Event: 12:00 noon

Where to Meet: in front of the Mountain Parks Nature Store (edge of parking lot)

Degree of Difficulty: Moderate

Minimum Age for Kids: This moderate hike is suitable for adults, and youth who are diligent hikers.

Restrictions: Please leave pets at home.

Length of the Trail: 5 miles

Things to Bring: Dress in layers for changeable weather and temperatures. Bring walking shoes, water, sun protection and snacks.

Cancellation Information: Heavy rain cancels.

Additional Information: On this 3.5 hour / 4-5 mile moderate hike we'll explore four amazingly different habitats - riverside (riparian) broadleaf forest, old growth redwood forest, upland pine-oak woodland and the rare and endangered Santa Cruz sandhills. Because these diverse habitats are very close together with abrupt transition zones we can experience a wide variety of plants and animals in a very short distance. From the park's Observation Deck we'll enjoy 360 degree views of the Santa Cruz Mountains and Monterey Bay. Maximum elevation gain is about 500 ft. This moderate hike is suitable for adults, and youth who are diligent hikers. Dress in layers for changeable weather and temperatures. Bring walking shoes, water, sun protection and snacks. Please leave pets at home. Meet at 12:00 PM noon in front of the Mountain Parks Nature Store (edge of parking lot) at Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park. Heavy rain cancels. (hike travels along several trails).




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