Redwood Forest Steam Train
Ancient Redwood trees, some of which have graced California's
coastline for more than 1,500 years, and the romance of a bygone
era join in the heart of the Santa Cruz Mountains on the Redwood
Forest Steam Train.
The journey commences at the covered train depot in Roaring Camp. Riders board open-air coaches to enjoy the very best views of the upcoming scenery. The steam engine weaves through lush redwood groves and deep forests, crosses wooden trestle bridges, and switchback turns. Engines cling to the mountainside as the course becomes steeper, and eventually, the Redwood Forest Steam Train reaches the top of Bear Mountain. At this point, passengers are welcome to disembark the train to explore Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park's offerings. Hiking trails wind through the centuries-old trees, and there are plenty of scenic points from which to look over the surrounding beauty. The layover lasts approximately 15-minutes, giving the steam engine a chance to cool down and travelers ample opportunity to explore.
All along this 75-minute expedition through the Santa Cruz Mountains, the conductor pops from train car to train car, presenting fascinating tidbits of information and sharing stories that highlight the region's past. Riders will learn about the trains, which date between the 1880s and early 1900s, and the original Roaring Camp.
The Redwood Forest Steam Train is open year-round, offering at least one departure on most days of the year. On occasion, the line is headed by vintage diesel engines instead. No matter what time of year visitors make the trip, and regardless of the lead locomotive, this unique rail line provides a memorable experience in the redwoods of California.