To Redwood National and State Parks - Thur. & Fri.

Trip Start Oct 06, 2009
Trip End Oct 14, 2009

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Thursday, October 8, 2009

After doing the two hikes in Crater Lake and seeing the main attraction, the lake, we decided to travel on to Redwood NP instead of hiking any more in Crater Lake NP.  We spent the night at the Union Creek resort and you can tell from the pictures on the previous page that it wasn't much of a resort.  But beds were comfy and warm. 

This entry will cover the two days, Thursday and Friday, at Redwood NP.

Up fairly early on Thursday and drove through Grants Pass, Oregon, and on US highway 199 to Crescent City, California, where the Park headquarters is.  This park is one of just a few jointly managed by a state and the National Park service, hence the name "National and State Parks".  Drove down to the end of Endert's Beach road and hiked along the Coastal Trail above the ocean for a short bit and down to a trail that went to the beach.  Decided to hike a bit further on the Coastal trail thinking it would be along the coast above the ocean like the first little bit - but no.  Hike for probably 2 more miles, climbing most of the way before deciding we weren't going to see the ocean again on that trail.  Turned around and retraced our steps to the trail to the beach.  Interesting cold, grey sandy beach with fog continually rolling in from the ocean, up and over the coast, bathing the forest in mist.  Very unusual and impressive effect to observe and apparently very beneficial for the redwood forests. 

After hiking we drove on down the coastal highway, US 101, into the Yurok Indian Reservation and the village of Klamath on the Klamath river.  Found a relatively nice motel across from the privately run Trees of Mystery attraction called 'Motel Trees' where we spent Thursday night. 

Up the next morning and drove on South to the Newton B. Drury Scenic Parkway and stopped at the Big Tree Wayside parking area and hiked about four miles around the Foothills and Cathedral Trees Trails.  Drove on to the Prairie Creek Visitor Center and then on South to the Kuchel Visitor Center just beyond Orick, CA, on the coast.  Walked out on the beach there and down to where Redwood Creek empties into the ocean.  Perpetual fog all along the coast continually rolls in from the ocean and restricts visibillity to less than a mile most of the time.  After the beach walk we drove on to the Lady Bird Johnson Grove and took about a one mile loop trail through the tall trees there. 

After walking the Lady Bird trail we drove on down to Arcata and picked up US highway 299 East.  A very scenic drive, though very curvy and slow, along the Trinity River gorge to Redding, CA where we spent Friday night.

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