Best redwood hikes in northern california

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Best Short Hikes in Redwood National and State Parks by Jerry Rohde


* More than 60 short hikes in the Redwoods -- from half-hour to half-day -- with camping and park facilities information
* Handy quick-guide for selecting hikes by difficulty, mileage and features (flowers, water, views, etc.)
* Little-known Redwood Park gems as well as world-famous Founders Grove and Fern Canyon trails

A stand of towering old-growth redwoods, where sounds are dampened to near silence, where only the dimmest rays of light penetrate...or are you looking for redwood hikes with beaches? Redwood hikes known for wildflowers? Youll find those, too, in this guide devoted to the best hikes in Redwood National Park and the state parks-Prairie Creek, Del Norte Coast, Jedediah Smith and Humbolt Redwoods State Parks.

Most trailheads are adjacent to paved roads, accessible within five miles of Pacific Coast Highway 101. This guidebook includes many short hikes off Avenue of the Giants and Newton B. Drury Scenic Parkway. It will take you to the Boy Scout Tree and to the Tallest Tree, a 367.8-foot skyscraper. But it also includes trails for solitude even at the height of the tourist season. Background information on redwood biology rounds out your experience.


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The Best of Redwood National Park

Hikes take visitors from southwest Oregon into northern California.
Jerry Rohde

Best Redwood Hikes

Walking through the primeval forest feels like stepping back in time to 65 million years ago, when coastal redwoods covered much of the northern hemisphere. Expertly adapted to the coastal environment, redwoods absorb water from the dense coastal fog that blankets the landscape, reaching over feet tall as they compete with their neighbors for sunlight and combat strong winds and salty air. With over miles of trail to choose from, hikers can explore the far reaches of the parks, reveling in the damp, shadowy stillness of the forest. The area receives over days of precipitation per year, and the coastal fog often rolls in so thickly that it feels like rain. Whether the parks are your final destination or a stop on a longer journey, be sure to take a few hours—or a few days—to explore the trails.

This site is a guide to hiking California's old-growth redwoods and giant sequoias . Miners' Ridge and James Irvine loop is the best all-day redwood hike.
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Summer in the Bay Area means the tourists and out-of-towners are coming. This NPS unit is family friendly and accessible for all. However, access these days is getting more tough. Muir Woods now requires shuttle or parking reservations to reduce congestion on this small, impacted area. Foot or bike traffic is not affected by this change. At only. Home to the oldest and tallest trees in the Santa Cruz mountains, this trail is packed with big trees from start to finish.

We are 2 adults driving down from Portland OR. We are heading down on and we plan to spend the night in Crescent City so that we can reach Redwood National Park the next morning and spend the day there. We want to return to Crescent City later that night. My question is this. Given that we have a day to explore the Park, where should we go to discover the best hiking trails through redwood trees?

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