On the way to the Redwood National Park…..

On the way to the Redwood National Park…..

We are travelling north on interstate 101 from Ferndale. Like previously it is a road full of twists and turns. It takes about 30 minutes to get to the main town Eureka. There we stopped for gas. Eureka has the big chain stores and malls which is quite different from the rest of the costal towns. At the gas station a girl greeted me with Sat Sri Akal, I responded and asked if there was a Gurdwara, she said the nearest one is 4 hours away in a town called Redding, as this was out of the way we decided to try and pop in on the way back. Onwards to the Redwoods…….

A few miles out out Eureka the road started hugging the coastline and the view were fantastic.

27 Sep 2012 17:16

After passing a town called Trinidad we came across a very quiet beach.

30 Sep 2012 18:00

30 Sep 2012 18:01

The access to the Redwoods NP is free but you need to get a pass from the visitor information centre, only 50 are issued in any one day. This pass is ONLY required for the Tall Trees trail. So we decided to stay near the information centre in a town called Orick…..the town has three motels. All of them looked like they needed some major work. The only one that had any vacancies had skeletons hanging on the outside!! We turned around and drive to a town called Trinidad….now this is a fantastic little town but the motels are fairly pricey. The first one we stopped at was $56 and had plenty of vacancies…..when you look at it you can understand why! We carried on, the next one was very pricey starting at $200 +!! But hey you did get a free seven course breakfast and I should bloody well hope so! We carried on after three more pricey but very nice motels we stopped at one called Trinidad Inn, the lady was very helpful and gave us a good price on the room. After checking in, I drove down to the local supermarket called Murphy’s, where I bought hummus, gluten free biscuits. A great combination lol!

Walking among the giants…..

Walking among the giants…..

After checking out of the motel, we drove to the visitor information centre, this one is located on the Avenue of the Giants,
Humboldt Redwoods State Park
17119 Avenue of the Giants, Weott

There we got some leaflets and good advice from the volunteers, we decided to do a couple of walks, Rockerfeller loop trail and Gould Grove Nature trail:

Old form of transport on display in this visitor centre:
30 Sep 2012 12:10

A small example of what you will see also at this visitor centre:
30 Sep 2012 11:42

Rockerfeller Loop Trail/Bull Creek Flats (ADA Accessible) This loop trail is at the foot of the majestic 7,000 acre Rockefeller Forest, traveling near where Bull Creek meets the South Fork Eel River. Trees soaring to immense heights combined with a relatively open under story combine to create a fairy-book forest! Trailhead: 1.1 miles west of the Avenue of the Giants on Mattole Road, which breaks off at Avenue of the Giants mile marker 20.6, at Dyerville. Length: 0.7 miles Time: 30 minutes Elevation +/-: 20 feet.

Gould Grove Nature Trail (ADA Accessible) Located directly across the Avenue of the Giants from the Visitor Center and Burlington Campground this short loop trail features 300′ tall trees, evidence of early logging, and easy access to the river via a spur trail. The trail offers a self-guided system of interpretive signs. Trailhead: Directly across the road from the Visitor Center, Avenue of the Giants mile marker 16.5. Length: 0.6 miles Time: 30 minutes

They give you a fantastic insight into the Redwoods, to truly get a real feel of the environment I think you need go do longer walks for example 8 miles.

Avenue of the Giants
29 Sep 2012 18:02

29 Sep 2012 16:58

A small view on how big the giants are:


We have decided to drive further north to see even larger (if that is possible!) Redwoods.

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