The redwoods are always my favorite place to escape in inclement weather. There’s nothing quite like hiking under the protection of dense branches towering way above. My face loves being tickled by little bits of rain.
The Big Ben Loop at Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park is a series of trails at the Fall Creek Unit. It’s part of Henry Cowell State Park, but more remote.
When Wine Hiker heard that David Wherry, was coming to town, he made wine hiking plans, lickety split and invited Chasqui Mom and me along! Rain days in the redwoods are my absolute favorite. The rain really transforms the trees into a magical wonderland.
What started as a moderate 8-miler ended up being a moderate 13.5-miler, after a brief detour due to downed trail signs on the Big Ben Loop. We took a clockwise loop from the parking lot to Bennett Creek Trail.
From Bennett Creek Trail, we passed the limekiln and headed up the Lost Empire Trail, past Lost Camp to Big Ben Trail. We then took Big Ben Trail, and namesake of the Big Ben Loop, down to Fall Creek Trail to the limekiln and re-traced our steps back.
The Big Ben Loop trail at Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park beat my expectations. We counted plenty of banana slugs. A precarious creek crossing kept us on our toes. Finishing off with wine and a picnic was the cherry on top for this rainy day hike.