Observation Deck Loop: Henry Cowell State Park

Here’s a post about a great place to RV from the perspective of my daughter and her blog about the Bay Area. Makes me want to camp there again soon!


Pre-Hike Nutrition

If you happen to be in the Santa Cruz area in the morning then I cannot recommend Cafe Brasil enough. It is a small, colorful house located on Mission Street. This was my third time dining there and every time it’s been packed (and for good reason!). Usually the wait time ranges from 20-40 minutes, but they’re very good about getting people seated and fed as quick as possible.

They’re well known for their Açaí Bowls so we made sure to get one before our hike.

IMG_3528 My cousin, Michael, with his junior açaí bowl

The fresh cut fruit on top adds an energizing sweetness to the mix.

IMG_3529 Jon and I split the regular size

Check out their website here to see their menu, address, and hours.

The Hike


Our hike began in the super beginner section of Henry Cowell: the Redwood Grove. This is a short 3/4 mile…

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