Powder Mill Rd
Santa Cruz, CA 95060
Level: Easy Hike: There are many trailheads throughout the campground to get here so the length varies
Dog-Friendly: No Kid-Friendly: Yes
About Henry Cowell Observation Deck
Henry Cowell State Park is a gorgeous place to camp and hike in Santa Cruz. We were fortunate enough to camp here one night and made sure to hit a trail the next morning before we were back on the road. That trail ended up being to the Henry Cowell Observation Deck.
This is the tallest lookout in the park but unfortunately the morning we went it was too foggy to see any views. Hiking in the fog is one of my favorite things though so I wasn’t really bummed at all. 🙂
There are multiple trailheads to get to the observation deck. The trailhead we took was probably .5 miles one way and a very easy hike. Great for the entire family.
This area is historically home to the Sayante tribe, a subgroup of the Ohlone people. You can learn more about their culture and how to support them here: http://www.muwekma.org/