Redwoods National Park Adventure - Visiting some of the largest trees on earth! | MOTM VLOG 81
In this video we enter California and spend some time in Crescent city and Klamath, exploring the Redwoods National Parks and a really cool place called fern canyon!
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The Redwoods had always been something we’d really wanted to see. My mom still raves about their majesty decades after her visit to them in her pre-parenthood years. We’d seen pictures of course of the huge trees – the men rappelling down them, looking like ants in comparison to this gargantuan tree.
But – like we’ve found elsewhere in our travels – pictures did not do it justice!
Since the park was so long, we started our exploration from Crescent City, CA. We stayed at the Crescent City KOA (link to video review) which was just a few miles from Jedidiah Smith Redwood State Park. Our first stop was at the Visitor’s Center to figure out what we should see and do, and get acquainted with how this partitioned park worked.
We found the Jedidiah Smith Visitor’s Center seemed a little biased toward their section of the park – which I think is the case for each of the segments! How can you blame them? They loved their trees.
They recommended that we drive Howland Hill Rd, hike Stout Grove and to Boyscout Tree.
HOWLAND HILL ROAD
This was the first thing we did, and it was amazing. As an introduction to the big Redwood trees, it met and exceeded all of our expectations of Redwoods National Park. Seeing our 1-ton Dually Truck be absolutely dwarfed by the trees gave us chills!
Hiking beneath the canopy of these giants was very different – it could be a beautifully sunny day, but it does not penetrate to the forest floor unless the angle is steep enough. We arrived at the Stout Grove trailhead early in the morning, at the perfect time to have the sunlight stream diagonally through the trees. Everyone on the trail was quiet, walking slowly, gaping in awe.
BOYSCOUT TREE TRAIL
This trail has everything – big trees, lots of trees, and REALLY big trees! The Boy Scout Trail ranks as one of the top showcases of old-growth redwood forests in existence. It is nearly 240ft tall and is a double-stem tree, meaning two trees have fused together, with a combined width of over 23ft. It's big.
We moved slightly south down to Klamath and stayed at Kamp Klamath right on the Klamath River about a mile from where it empties into the ocean. This put us closer to Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park. We initially wanted to try to hike to Tall Trees where some of the tallest trees in the park are. Hyperion – the tallest tree at 379ft tall - is not too far away. However, the folks at one of the visitors centers pointed out that they are the tallest trees, but not necessarily the biggest/widest, and it is hard to tell how tall they are from the ground – plenty of other “nearly just as big” trees can be found elsewhere in more accessible places.
For Tall Trees you need to get a permit, and we were told it’s easy to get. You just have to show up and ask for it. But it was a several mile drive on rough roads that would take a few hours, then a few hour hike out, then back, then a rough drive back. We didn’t have very promising weather during the time period we were there, so we opted to go to ..... ......
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Hey there guys. A sub told us you were near Bend. I wanted to see your Redwood video as we did that a couple weeks ago. In Portland now and headed to BC. Nice video. We ended up hiking a trail near the Boysout Trail.
We were just in Yosemite National Park and kept our eyes open for any 5th wheels with "Mortons on the Move" on it. Looks like we missed you guys :) Must have been a fun drive going down the windy road to get to the park! We just road over in a Prius and all the curves were getting to us :-P. Have fun, great videos!
Lol Thanks! , We actually stayed just outside the park, but just getting there was just as bad... we have done waay more narrow windy mountain roads with the RV recently than we care for. But yes we have moved on...
Nice video. It seemed pretty empty out there, but when I checked a couple of campgrounds they seemed completely booked up. What's the secret? Any boondock stuff around there?
Seems like the world is full of unhappy people, people who think nothing can ever be right. And somehow you guys seem almost goofy happy. Keep it up.
Thanks. November. That kind of figures.
I’m sure you must have some doubts. I’ve looked at a lot of your videos and I like the discipline you bring to things. You could probably fashion a solid video channel with a bit more focus. I noticed that Long Long Honeymoon is trying to transition to Patreon. They have a nice catalog of videos, a bit of a brand. I don’t know if Amazon links can ever work. You have to have a core group of people with a similar commitment. On YouTube, people take you for granted. I’m fascinated by where all this personal video is going. The equipment has moved so quickly.
Anyway, all the best. Happy is good.
Lol Thanks! I think we are pretty average happy level, but we prefer to share the happy side of life most of the time :)
We were there in November and It was the slow season so there was lots of availability. Not much boon docking opportunities or we would have done it. Stayed at crescent city KOA and Kamp Klamath.
Thanks for sharing your beautiful videos. I would be too worried about tics to fo out into elk territory. What did you two do to prepare for tics, and after being outside what did you do to inspect yourselves?
Oh, wow, that brings back such great memories! We tent-camped in that area in 1998 (at Crater Lake, Oregon and Jedediah SP), and we visited Fern Canyon as well. In fact, just this week I spent a couple of hours scanning/digitizing all our photos from that trip, so it was fresh on my mind. Thanks for bringing back those memories of one of our absolute most favorite camping trips!