trip to northern California redwoods?
For the past few years i have become increasingly interested about going on a northern California hiking/ camping trip to the great redwoods. However i have done alot of research and would still like to get the perspective of someone who’s been or hopefully even lives in nor. cal. What i am looking to do is find out what the best places in northern California are for hiking in the mountainous redwoods, overlooking beautiful lakes and breathtaking natural wonders and scenery, (natural dirt paths, not paved) . My main research on the trip has been mostly looking into Humboldt county and the surrounding cities and have heard about the amazing redwood hikes, bikes and walks that the small towns offer. I would ultimately like to go up there for at-least a few days and really get a wholesome experience of nature at it’s finest. Lush redwood trails that lead to mountain view and lake views, any help would be much appreciated, thank’s guys.
US HWY 101 There is the avenue of the giants. The old 101 was washed out and the new higher hwy built. There are a lot of trails in this complex of state parks. Also Redwood Nat. Pk Around Crescent City you can find a lot. Also out along US199. Places you have to find. They are too good to publish in detail. Fern Canyon, Gold Bluffs Beach, The old stagecoach road that hooks off of 199 and goes up and over toward Crescent City. Use care there are bears and mountain lions running around. I have had close encounters with both in the last few years. Make noise. These are coastal redwoods so you get few mt views or lakes. Just south of Crescent City on 101 there is a stand of redwoods over looking the sea. They don’t go to the beach too much salt and wind. Along the Ave of the Giants you get streams and river. This is California where you need more money than brains. Last summer they wanted 30 a night for state park campsite. I haven’t seen what it will be this year. Nat. Forests are usually lower. (Out on hwy 199 for camp sites) Near the Red Wood Nat. Park is the lost coast and and the town of Ferndale. Lost coast is too rough for road building. In the park is the Newton Dury(SP) old hwy 101 it runs down the valley with lot and lots of trails most OK for bikes if dry. Remember to a mountain lion a mountain biker looks like a deer (LUNCH) I only ride the wide trails and old logging roads. This gives us both a second or less to recognize each other. So far, they, lion or bear, haven’t wanted to make a meal of me. They are by far faster in reflexes than us. By the time you think BEAR they can do a 180 and be 100 ft away.
All I saw of the lion was its rear as it climbed the bank. Elk moving through the mist at Gold Bluffs is a sight to be worth the rush of a bear run in. I try to get my redwood fix a couple of times a year. Just the basic Nature trail 1 hour loop at Elk Prairie is a rush. That and the visitor’s cabin nearby is a good start. Of course it is in the middle of the redwood park. Ave of Giants, Rockefeller grove had the tallest tree. It might be the one across the creek or one nearby. It can easily be loved to death, so the one on the far side of the creek is the official tallest.
Any suggestions on where to camp in California?
My family and I are looking for a great place to camp in California. We love being surrounded by redwoods, but would like to stay near central California (close to where we live). Yosemite is booked and we have stayed at the KOA in Santa Cruz and liked it. Does anyone have any other suggestions on great places for a family with young children?
Good evening AJ,
I hope you are having a great day. AJ, it is very hard to pick out a good location if I do not know what type camping you mean? Do you like tent, cabin, or sleeping bags? I like rough areas with fly fishing and hiking. I made three (3) trips last year into the Mighty High Sierras Mountains. I usually hike over Kearsarge Pass, which is an old Indian trail, to Bull Frog at 10,000 feet. I have been camping and hiking the Sierras since 1958.
I remember as kids we would lie in our sleeping bags and count shooting stars all night. Your mind would run amok with the wonders and vastness of space. You could point out and view constellations which until then were part of chapters in a school text book. We would fall asleep viewing the heavens and our own Milky Way.
Some of my best camping trips were with my family as a kid in Yosemite. We could not wait to see the fire falls at night (website below). I feel so sorry for people like you and your family, especially the kids. The fire falls stopped in 1968. Today, you must have an appointment for two years in advance to get a camping spot. The crowds are unbelievable, times change.
As for your question, I ready do not know how rough you want. Try Cedar Grove in Kings Canyon National Park. They should have some openings. I tried to give websites with phone numbers.
My favorite camping locations are along the Kern River. I can always find a good location because I know the area like the back of my hand. The camping can be mild to rough. I have included websites with phone numbers. On the first website, click on Hospital Flat and Camp 3. Both sites are right next to slow moving river….great areas for kids.
I wish you were interested in coming south of Los Angeles. There are some great camping spots for families with kids. I know it may be too far.
Good luck. I hope these websites will help. Peace, from Los Angeles.
What are the most scenic campgrounds in the Redwoods?
I have friends flying into California and I really want to take them camping in the Redwoods. I just moved here so I don’t know where all the best spots are. I want to go somewhere really scenic and beautiful so any input would be very appreciated.
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Camping in Northern California?
I live near Oakland CA. My family and I would like to go camping no more then three hours away. We’d like to be near warm water and if possible some redwood trees. If you know of any places please send me a link. Thanks in advance
Look into Memorial Park in San Mateo county. Pescadero beach is a short drive away. The creek in the park is cold but on a hot day it feels good.
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