Hidden Beach (Redwood National Park) 20-Oct-2020

Hidden Beach sits within Redwood National Park along the California coast some 15 or so miles south of Crescent City. As its name implies, it’s only accessible by trail. One of these starts near the Trees of Mystery parking lot and the other – part of the California Coastal Trail – from the Lagoon Creek Picnic Area off Highway 101. Having just visited the Trees, we elected to start from the picnic area. After passing the beach, the Coastal Trail continues on to the drive-in Klamath Overlook (which gives you a view of the mouth of the Klamath River). So our plan became to hike out-and-back to the overlook (or near it), visiting the beach along the way.

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Trees of Mystery (Klamath, California) 19-Oct-2020

My parents were very hard workers; not given much to frivolous (in their eyes) expenditures. Exceptions could be made (rarely) for Disneyland. But visits to smaller kitschy tourist attractions, no matter how iconic, were off the table. And certainly we were not going to drive the length of California to see some trees, regardless of their degree of mysteriousness. So a visit to the Trees of Mystery, a small attraction in the redwoods just south of Crescent City, California had to wait its turn. And wait and wait and wait. But, past a certain point, this waiting wasn’t on my parents. Although I must have driven past it numerous times over the years, I had other places to go and no time for a tourist trap. Well times change (don’t they ever!). Now I had some time and not a lot of other places to go. So we started a short hiking trip to the coast with a long delayed visit to the Trees of Mystery.

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Fern Canyon (Prairie Creek Redwoods SP) 30-Sep-2015

Fern Canyon Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park California

For a change of pace, we decided to do a couple of hikes in the state and federal redwood parks in Northern California. Timing-wise, now is sort of a sweet spot between the crowded summer tourist season and the onset (hopefully) of the rainy season. After a night in Crescent City, California, we drove down to Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park for a hike through the Murrelet State Wilderness to Gold Bluffs Beach via Fern Canyon. Our plan was an out-and-back on the James Irvine Trail from park headquarters but this would become a loop as we discovered trails not shown on the CalTopo maps. This is part of Hike #100 in Sullivan’s Oregon Coast & Coast Range hiking and travel guide (Third Edition, 2014), but we did a much longer loop than he describes. We drove the Drury Parkway to the trailhead at the park’s visitor center. From there, we crossed the creek,

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Boy Scout Tree (Jedediah Smith Redwoods SP) 29-Sep-2015

Boy Scout Tree Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park California

For a change of pace, we decided to do a couple of hikes in the state and federal redwood parks in Northern California. Timing-wise, now is sort of a sweet spot between the crowded summer tourist season and the onset (hopefully) of the rainy season. On the way to Crescent City, California, we stopped at Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park to hike the Boy Scout Tree Trail to that tree and to Fern Falls. This is Hike #97 in Sullivan’s Oregon Coast & Coast Range hiking and travel guide (Third Edition, 2014).

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