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.
Interesting Redwood National Park Facts
All rights reserved. Location: California Established: October 2, Size: , acres, including 3 state parks. Sometimes, when the morning fog caresses the great trees, you can imagine the past flowing through the long, misty shadows … Vast redwood forests flourishing across a lush and humid North America … After the final ice age, a last stand here in the sustaining climate along the Pacific coast … Tree after tree falling to the loggers.
20 Interesting facts about Redwood National Park
It is covered with a magnificent forest of coastal redwood trees, the tallest and most impressive trees in the world. Redwood National and State Parks contains 45 percent of the remaining protected old-growth redwoods ; totaling at least square kilometers , acres. When redwood harvesting began in the early s , over 2 million acres or about 8, square kilometers of old-growth redwood forests existed. But Euro-Americans took less than 60 years to reduce this number into hundreds-of-thousands of acres. By the late s , a preservationist group called the Save-the-Redwoods League began purchasing large tracts of redwood acreage in an effort to save the quickly disappearing forests. More than kilometers miles of trails weave through a variety of environments, including prairies, old-growth redwood forests, and beaches. Elevations range from sea level to just over 1, meters 3, feet.
History of the Park
Facts About the Redwood Tree
The most impressive Redwood National Park facts entail information about the massive redwood trees that occupy this area in northern California. The park has been featured in numerous movies and television shows and continues to astonish all who visit. As you begin to make your plans to visit, be sure to read up on the history and contact the park if necessary. At times, Redwood National Park can be very crowded and there are other factors to consider, like the wildlife, plants and more. One of the more shocking Redwood National Park facts is the number of visitors.