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|Entering the Redwoods National Park Area|
|Cars on the Redwood Highway|
- LADY BIRD JOHNSON GROVE TRAIL:
|Lady Bird Johnson Trail|
|Thick moss on old fallen trees|
The entire trail is lined with dense ferns. Here is one tree that we found with a hollow trunk. The pic is taken looking skywards.
|View from inside of a hollow bark of a burnt Redwood tree|
|Lady Bird Johnson Trail|
- REDWOOD CREEK OVERLOOK:
- REVELATION TRAIL:
|A fallen redwood tree. That's the uprooted root!|
|Octopus Tree.. got its name as the tree sprouts on downed log and sends roots over to the ground.|
|Against the roots of a redwood tree!! See how massive they are!|
- CIRCLE TRAIL:
- FERN CANYON:
|Single lane road to Fern Canyon|
There is a day use fee ( carry cash ) to fern Canyon and to Gold bluffs beach area. You may have to pass over streams on the way. It is a gravel road from start to finish. There is a lot of parking but can be very dusty around this area. The trail is very scenic with lots of footbridges all around to get onto the path as there is a stream that runs through the canyon. From the trail up, you will gently be introduced with luxuriant ferns on canyon walls that are densely covered that have water dripping all around with old fallen redwood trees that give it the perfect appearance for a prehistoric rustic feel. No wonder Steven Spielberg found this to be the perfect location for filming the movie Jurassic Park.
|Fern Canyon Trail|
The entire canyon is pretty dark so bring a lens that will take great pictures in low light. Temperatures are very low here, carry warm clothing. The drive up to the entrance of Davison road was easy as we finished here quite late and there was less traffic.
- KLAMATH RIVER OVERLOOK VIA NEWTON B. DRURY SCENIC HIGHWAY:
Elk Prairie situated along the Newton B D Highway, is one of the many locations where you can observe elk. A large meadow makes it a great viewing area for the Roosevelt elk from the main road. The highway is around 10 miles one way and has signed exits to various trails and lookout points.
In Klamath, we took Requa road to the overlook. The road is steep, sheer dropoffs and a little windy. The views from the top are amazing! The bluffs on one side, the ocean and the mouth of the Klamath river with the Redwood forest in the distance make it one fantastic viewpoint.
|Klamath River Overlook|
- DRIVE THROUGH TREES:
- ELK VIEWING PLACES:
- Elk Meadow
- Gold Bluffs Beach
- Davison Road
- VICTORIAN HOUSE VISIT:
This was indeed one of our splendid weekend getaways. If you are unable to go all the way to see the Redwoods, there are places around the Bay area where you will still be able to enjoy the views. Namely Muir Woods in Southwest Marin north of San Francisco, Henry Coe State Park in Felton and Big Basin Redwood State Park. But mind you, it is a completely different experience visiting the Redwoods National Park, not replaceable by visits to any of the above mentioned!
|Way to Fern Canyon, Along the Coast|
|Dusk behind the Visitor Center|