You’re invited to explore the Fall Creek Unit of Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park, a steep, forested, and magnificent 2,335-acre canyon, tucked into the rugged mountains northwest of Felton in Santa Cruz County. While it has no amenities like a visitor center or even picnic tables, it does have three lime kilns from the 19th century (where we will eat lunch), a beautiful year-round creek, and maple trees brilliant with fall color. We will meet on Saturday, October 29, at 10 am at the small parking lot just off Felton Empire Road, a quarter mile west of Felton (there’s a small sign at the parking lot). Not for the faint of heart or very out of shape, this is an 8.3-mile loop hike with an elevation gain of 1,700 feet.

Bring water and a lunch, wear good boots and bring hiking poles if you use them. (An enjoyable 4-mile hike can be had by making a shorter loop). For more information about the area, visit here.

To register, email Mary Beth Powell at with your name and contact details.