Posted by: bearcruzer | July 24, 2009

Tall Trees!

July 20th

The morning greeted us with the sound of the river and birdsong.   We dressed and walked up to the upper part of the campground and gathered a pint of blackberries to add to our granola for breakfast.    We consulted our maps and continued our journey west and then north toward the Redwood National Park.  Our destination for today was the Redwood National Park along the Northern CA coast.   We stopped in Trinidad….why? Well, we wanted to see another Trinidad.  We followed signs to Trinidad state beach and took their 1 mile hike around the head.   The majority of our driving along the CA coast continues to be blanketed with fog but what it lacks in photo opps it more than makes up for in cool and comfortable hiking conditions.   We walked the beach and then the fishing pier in this small but picturesque harbor.   On our way out of town we stopped at a fish market and bought some salmon fresh out of the smoker to add to our pantry as well as a halibut filet for dinner.   We will have some great meals and snacks in the coming days.  We continued our journey and stopped at the Visitor center located just south of Redwood National Park.  We overheard the ranger telling people that there were only a few campsites left at a couple of the State campgrounds.  We headed out immediately  and ended up at Del Norte Coastal Redwood State Park.   We got one of 8 spots that was available….as I have said before,  affordable camping spots within state parks are difficult to come by this time of year.  We  settled in and went for a hike along the trestle loop around the campground.  Pieces of the trestle are all at remain of the system used to transport the huge trees to the mills for lumber.    We were amazed to think that we were hiking through a new growth forest.   OK not that new, but it was dwarfed compared the stumps of old growth trees that had been cut down in the 1920’s Some of the stumps were more that 15 ft in diameter.   They may not be the biggest as far as diameter goes but they do boast them as the tallest trees in North America at 370 ft.   Giant Sequoia’s only get to 320 ft.   It is difficult to see the top of them when standing at the base.  

Trestle Loop TrailCoo-Rroo

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  1. We are following your every word. We check the blog every day.

  2. My dream, to live in the redwoods one day. Where the forest meets the sea.

  3. haha. The coo-roo, that’s awesome.


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