Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park

Trip Start May 04, 2010
Trip End May 21, 2010

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Hiouchi House on the Smith River

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Sunday, May 16, 2010


One of the reasons that we chose our rental home was that it was so close to Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park.  The park includes the Grove of Titans that contains the world’s largest, third-largest, and sixth-largest redwoods by volume.  You can’t visit it because its location has not been disclosed to protect the trees.  Still this adds to the mystery of walking in the park.  According to, "The magnificent, light-filled redwood forest of Jed Smith is the most scenic of all redwood forest.  The forest is remarkably unspoiled, maybe too much so for hikers, since there’s really only one dead-end trail that explores the interior of the park."  Today, we are going on that trail, the Boy Scout Tree Trail.

-      Boy Scout Tree Trail – Harvey says “this is the most beautiful trail I’ve seen”.  From the Redwood Hikes website:  “The extraordinary Boy Scout Tree Trail has an abundance of huge trees set in an interesting progression of different environments. The trail feels wonderfully remote and is one of the most pristine old-growth trails in existence. There are only about three other trails in the world where you can walk through old-growth redwoods for five miles or more without hearing traffic noise or seeing any sign of development. “  rated 5 star:

      Another opportunity to drive the Howland Hill Road through the park

      Dinner at Mezzaluna Italiano, Crescent City
Homemade pastas and pizza.  Friendly service.  Good food.  Definitely recommend.


      We stop to talk with a couple on the Boy Scout Trail who are returning to their parked car and in our conversation they say they had only walked a short distance because “it all looks the same”.  We shrug our shoulders because as in all things in life, we each come at experiences from different perspectives.  For both Harvey & I the enfolding landscape is so rich in visual stimulation that shifts as one walks through it that the living sculpture is engrossing.   We can walk for hours, even walk the same path over and over again and each time experience it differently.

      We stop all motion and gaze at the landscape on the Boy Scout Tree Trail, just listening to the stillness and breathing in the clean air.  This is one of those precious trails, with no car noise.  Just birds and this feeling of quiet and life.  In the moment, I try to let the stillness absorb into me.  I try to will it, but sense that it is futile.  Just “be” I tell myself.
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