Redwood National and State Park trail through giant coast redwoods


Welcome to Coast Redwood Parks & 100s of Redwood Photos.

huge coast redwood in Redwood National and State Park grove

Coast redwoods hiking, photography and
redwood adventures.

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Update: February 2018

by Mario D. Vaden
Arborist, Redwood Explorer, Photographer

If you are headed to the coast redwoods, this is a good resource to begin. The menu is at the top or side depending on device or browser with over 200 pages sorted by subject. More articles are in the redwood blog.

The most essential topics are grouped under must-see, lodging, park visitor centers and hiking. The albums and pages have hundreds more photos.

Lonely Planet named the Redwood Coast as #1 destination for 2018 in the USA, so summer reservations may be more important than normal.

The top photo is Stout Grove in Jedediah Smith park. At right, a woman leans on a huge coast redwood in Redwood National Park.

I'm not a "sanctioned" coast redwood tour guide but have enhanced the redwood adventures for some people who asked to explore together. My 35 arborist years plus time in the redwoods enable unique adventures in the coastal forest. (clarified at redwood guide and tours)

This page began in 2008 with a single page about the Grove of Titans coast redwoods and multiplied to 200 pages. Because the Grove of Titans was recently shown on CBS News, I updated that page with notes about news and impact, including my own video because coverage omitted relevant aspects.

In 2014, a big page was added about new largest coast redwood discoveries, massive titan redwoods found 2014 to 2018. Coast redwood now surpasses giant sequoia for more than just height.

Even if you already read Richard Preston's coast redwoods book, check my review for The Wild Trees. I added information the book doesn't reveal.

couple inside large coast redwood trunk in Prairie Creek park

Image: a newlywed couple celebrating after their wedding ceremony under old growth redwoods ... redwood wedding photography

Over the years, I had opportunity to bushwhack (walkabout) with several explorers who generously shared insight, knowledge and skill. We found several new discoveries together and explored many groves. Atkins is the one I spent the most time with during the LiDAR coast redwoods measuring. Here are a few pages about these explorers.

- Michael Taylor
- Chris Atkins
- Dr. Steve Sillett
- Ron Hildebrant
- Dr. Robert Van Pelt

Many largest coast redwoods are undisclosed but the parks will gladly share a bunch of huge ones like the Boyscout, Stout, BIG and GIANT redwoods shown in the menu under redwood giants. Other largest 15 coast redwoods each have a page.

The Redwood National Park and Humboldt visitor centers can direct you to 300 to 350 ft. coast redwoods in several parks. But while you are reading here, start in essentials for stuff that's easy to share, and find some inspiration.

Redwood National Park creek flowing through forest

Image: Redwoods and blue water creek flowing through the forest. The color comes from mineral rock upstream.

A most recent page honors my mother, Eleanor Vaden, 1919-2017, laid to rest in the midst of this forest.

I routinely post on Facebook but the nexus is here. There are also pages about awesome & big coast redwoods. If I do not tell where some are located it doesn't matter much. The pages are meant to show this rainforest's potential. Just pick some trails and see what outstanding coast redwoods you find.

If you slow down, there's plenty of big trees to see. Recently I added mystery coast redwoods without names that include short stories or information related to our exploring: what happened, our thoughts, what was unusual. I haven't spotted Bigfoot but did encounter a Redwood Fairy

The coast redwood rainforest also prompted my journey into photography and I provide portraits between Oregon and the redwood coast. I may be flexible for other destination weddings.



Coast Redwoods Facts & Identification

redwoods and bark in redwood national park

Coast Redwood, Sequoia sempervirens, is the only living species of the genus Sequoia. Common names include coast redwood and California redwood. The botanical or scientific name is Sequoia sempervirens and it can be accurate to call them "Sequoia" because "giant sequoia" is a common name reserved for Sequoiadendron.

Image: redwood trunks on the left without any moss and spruce on the right laden with moss.

Coast Redwood is evergreen and monoecious with male and female reproductive parts on one tree. Pollination occurs mostly during winter. Apparently, seeds from coast redwoods over 250 yrs. of age are more viable than from young redwoods. Maximum age can exceed 2300 years. It is the tallest species, exceeding 380 ft., and over 29 ft. diameter at breast height (dbh)

Foliage leaves are needles about 1 inch long with pointed tips and may have white stripes beneath referred to as stomatal bloom. Foliage higher up in old coast redwoods may be tiny and almost awl-shaped. Small upper foliage is not the result of sun exposure but due to drawing water up from roots to extreme height. Presently, coast redwood species exceeds General Sherman's (Sequoiadendron) 1321 points of the national champion registry. It is also the widest diameter species in the country. Coast edwood used to grow around the planet in other eras but mother nature vanquished their natural range to a narrow strip along the Pacific Ocean coast of northern California and SW Oregon near Brookings. There is also a man-made coast redwood forest in New Zealand.

Redwood National Park trail and huckleberry

Coast redwood shares forest with Douglas fir which also grows over 300 ft. and 9 ft. diameter or more. Cones are very different. Small coast redwood cones feel hard and woody, often absent. Unlike true firs with cones disintegrating up in the canopy, Douglas fir drops entire cones, with a triple pointed bract protruding from the scale. Some people compare the bracts to a mouse's hind legs and tail.

Coast Redwood, Sequoia sempervirens, is the only living species of the genus Sequoia. Common names include coast redwood and California redwood. The botanical or scientific name is Sequoia sempervirens and it can be accurate to call them "Sequoia" because "giant sequoia" is a common name reserved for Sequoiadendron.

Image: large Douglas fir overlaid with it's own cone top right and coast redwood cone beneath for comparison.

Also, coast redwood does not require fog for survival. They certainly need fog for extreme size, but for survival alone, there are good size coast redwoos planted years ago in towns with as little as 19 to 40 inches of yearly rainfall. My new page throws down the gauntlet about climate and fog in relation to coast redwood survival

Do not take every claim you hear about redwoods at face value. For example, redwoods or other trees are not necessarily stronger when growing in groves. Many do grow in groves, but there can be drawbacks. Sometimes one redwood will fall and takes down several others that wouldn't have fallen otherwise had they stood alone.

Redwood foliage needles

Around 2017, some ranger claimed that redwoods have weakly attached branches: in video at Redwood National Parks Facebook. But the redwoods show the contrary. In the parks, just look up. There are branches to 6 ft. in diameter, hundreds of years old. Normal branches are strong. Given centuries, storms, other falling redwoods and fire will eventually break off some branches. Then weaker epicormic branches or sprouts can grow in addition to the sturdy branches. But normally, redwood branches are strong and even flexible sometimes.

Image: coast redwood foliage shown on the left and Pacific yew foliage on the right.

Near the Pacific coast, Yew may be the only other evergreen that could be confused with coast redwood, but only in the early years of growth. At a quick glance, Taxus brevifolia (Yew) has similar looking needle foliage to Sequoia sempervirens, including tapered tips. But the underside of Yew leaves lack white bands (stomatal bloom) whereas redwood should have two white bands beneath. The yew has the appearance of two bands but they should appear pale. Also, redwoods have small cones with multiple seeds, but yew has a single seed with a highly modified coating called an aril that is red, pulpy and berry-like. Yews normally don't even reach 100 ft. in old age.

Shown in another photo above, redwoods rarely have moss on the trunks: minimal if any. Some redwoods like Del Norte Titan may have patches of lichen. Otherwise, most mossy trunks will be spruce, hemlock, and possibly Douglas fir. The example shown was one of many spruce entering one of the redwood parks. Redwood bark tends to repel moss growth. (707) 464 - 2137 @ 701 Hy. 101 S. Crescent City, CA. Visit site for info.. 8 / 14
Coast redwoods lodging


Mobile vs. Computer

coast redwood forest avenue of the giants

This main redwood page was the only one partially optimized for mobile devices with the other meant for computer viewing . Personally I liked the old archaic look better and reverted part of this page back.

The menu and top should resize on tiny screens.

Image: Avenue of the Giants passest through Humboldt Redwoods State Park

This resource covers mostly redwood parks of Northern California. Read about lodging, camping, redwood hiking, visitor centers, photography, redwood explorers and canopy research.

The bigger your screen the better to view these coast redwoods. It's amazing how much life gets sucked out of photos on bitty phones.

My comments for redwood trails are in the menu under hiking listed under 5 park names, plus an extra link to which is very thorough. I share different insight when possible. There are over 300 coast redwood photos in the blog, album and pages. The album is on another server, embedded in my pages. In slideshow view, find text beneath open larger files. Again to reiterate, most of this coast redwood content was assembled with regular monitors in mind for viewing.


Redwood Parks Differ in Character

coast redwoods in Jedediah Smith  park

The 15 largest coast redwoods (2013) are included because most visitors will never see them, as well as Hyperion the tallest redwood (2006) discovered in Redwood National Park.

The very tallest and the largest (published) are dispersed throughout Humboldt Redwoods State Park and Redwood National and State Parks, with the exception of Del Norte Coast Redwoods State Park. But all the parks have an abundance of very tall and large coast redwoods.

Del Norte Coast Redwoods State Park has some big redwoods but is often recognized for Damnation Creek trail leading to the ocean, foggy redwoods with "god rays", and Rhododendron blossoms late spring.

Most superlatives are not destinations. Those coast redwoods and others are shown in redwood giants under largest plus awesome & big coast redwoods. A few of them are landmarks.

There are so many big redwoods in the park, even the greatest ones can blend in. You will have a remarkable trip even if you just see redwoods near trails.

Image: two years after spotting this cathedral redwood, I finally crossed a river to get this shot. Days later, this was framed 20 x 30 for our home office studio. Immediately, it became one of my all-time favorites. It exemplifies the beauty of the redwood forest and the spirit of exploring. This may not be added to the main menu, but I made a page for it with a bigger sample image. See La Leche redwood

The north parks of Humboldt and Del Norte is specifically where coast redwoods reach 380 ft. and over 29 ft. wide. The area stretches near Crescent City, Klamath, Orick, Eureka and toward Garberville.

That region has 5 coast redwood parks with old growth forest and trails. Each coast redwood park is different. Jedediah Smith seems more Jurassic including the spectacular drive along the old Howland Hill Rd. shown below. Redwood National Park feels like a Wilderness experience, with more mountain and fewer visitors during rainy seasons. Humboldt Redwoods (with Avenue of the Giants) is more open and spacious in the understory and seems more like a natural cathedral. Prairie Creek has so much lush vegetation it almost feels tropical, and can be a trail runner paradise with about 70 miles of trails. Avenue of the Giants also seems easier to photograph for groves and road scenes, but for gnarl and Jurassic, Jedediah Smith and Prairie Creek seem better.

Jedediah Smith redwood park river

Those 5 parks have redwoods are over 100 ft. taller than the tiny Muir Woods National Monument near San Francisco.

Four parks managed as Redwood National and State Parks account for 133,000 acres. Those are Redwood National Park, Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park, Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park and Del Norte Coast Redwoods State Park.

Image: jumping into the Smith River upstream from Jedediah Smith redwoods. The photo was taken from "Slant Bridge" between Hy. 199 & Douglas Park Rd. Access to this swimming hole is around the corner where fisherman and others park to launch drift boats and kayaks.

Approximately 30 minutes south of Eureka is Humboldt Redwoods State Park with over 50,000 acres. It included Rockefeller Forest and Avenue of the Giants. This is managed separately and has it's own visitor center, one of the best.

90% of people should find a good lead here about coast redwood travel. Photos include Jedediah Smith redwoods, Avenue of the Giants, Prairie Creek redwoods, Del Norte redwoods and Redwood National Park. The emphasis remains on coast redwoods but images from local places are added.

There are are at least 8 coast redwoods over 370 feet tall (2013). Four were in Redwood National Park and four are in Humboldt Redwoods State Park. Visitor centers will not provide maps for those except maybe the National Geographic redwood in Tall Trees Grove of Redwood National Park. They can easily point you to redwoods 300 to 350 ft. near Avenue of the Giants, Drury Scenic Parkway, Bull Creek Flats, Howland Hill Rd. and Redwood National Park.

Most largest coast redwoods are not landmarks like giant sequoias you may have seen surrounded by signs and rails. But the park visitor centers have maps to some very large and interesting coast redwoods. A few even have decks. But the coast redwood parks of the far northern coast is a more serene experience than many giant sequoia groves.

Each coast redwood park has its own character and are all worth visiting.





It's Not Just Redwoods

Coast Redwoods at Stout Grove

The Redwood Coast is not merely tall and giant coast redwoods. There are beaches, rivers, lagoons, prairies, harbors, lighthouses, campgrounds, art galleries, trails and forests.

Image: strolling through giant trunks at Stout Grove in Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park.

I made an effort to show this in the photos. The redwood coast has kayaaking, fishing and marathons. There are festivals, plus the Ferndale kenetic sculpture contest and several breweries. Ferndale also boasts the world's tallest living Christmas tree. In 2010, someone from Humboldt asked me to measure it because the town has a rivalry with Coeur d' Alene. In the end, we learned that Ferndale boasts the tallest; another feather in the cap for the redwood coast.

Horseback riding is available from Orick adjacent to Redwood National Park. Ask or drive near the fairgrounds. You can get horses and enjoy trail rides through spectacular old growth redwood forest.

Car buffs can attend the Sea Cruise auto show each October in Crescent City. The Curly Redwood Lodge looks retro that time of year, as repeat customers fill covered parking with vintage vehicles from end to end.

Coast Redwoods at Stout Grove

Image: fallen coast redwood and roots by a bridge at Boy Scout Tree hiking trail. This is Jedediah Smith park.

North of Redwood National Park in Klamath there's smoked Salmon, jet boat tours and the Klamath River overlook to spot whale pods. On the way up to the overlook, the Requa Inn has homemade bread that is off the charts yummy. Although it's an Inn, they don't mind drop-ins for meals in the restaurant.

There is no shortage of breweries. Between Redwood National and Humboldt Redwoods in Eureka, keep an eye out for Lost Coast Brewery. And adjacent to Jedediah Smith redwood park in Crescent City, you can find Port O Pints and Seaquake. Those are three of my favorites.


In Crescent City area, there is a town visitor center where Front Street meets Highway 101. And that one is a one minute walk from the Redwood National Park visitor center across Front St. by a couple hundred feet.

If you want variety, the redwood coast has it. One resource to keep in mind on your redwood journey is the Humboldt County Convention and Visitors Bureau.


Photos Can Do Justice

Redwood National Park and woman among flowers

Ever heard this quote of John Steinbeck?

"The redwoods, once seen, leave a mark or create a vision that stays with you always. No one has ever successfully painted or photographed a redwood tree. The feeling they produce is not transferable. From them comes silence and awe. It's not only their unbelievable stature, nor the color which seems to shift and vary under your eyes, no, they are not like any trees we know, they are ambassadors from another time."

Image: Lupine blooming near Bald Hills Rd. above Redwood National Park. This photo is from April. The floral display is more profuse during certain years. This spot is about 10 miles farther than Lady Bird Johnson Grove

Quite a few people rehearse those lines, adding that photos don't "do justice" for coast redwoods. It's true that a photograph does not capture sound, scent or feeling, but I've seen photos that prove otherwise.

Have you seen the image of the massive tree in National Geographic, October 2009? It shows a redwood in Prairie Creek park, top to bottom with about five researchers throughout the canopy for scale. If we combined what all five men could see when the photo was taken, their combined views would amount to a mere fraction of huge centerfold photo.

owl perched on coast redwood with thick trunk bark

Likewise, I've taken redwood photos with a 200mm lens reaching details that were basically impossible to see with my own eyes. Afterward, I could enjoy and print these scenes. And sometimes I can remember what it felt like. If photographs can capture the redwood coast and surpass what human eyes can see, then photos can do justice and redwoods can be successfully photographed.

Sometimes, the shortcoming is just printing too small. It may require a 30 inch print to properly show some images. That's why most redwood photos in our home office are 30 inches or larger.


Coast Redwood Hiking & Maps

Use the top menu for my reviews of popular coast redwood trails, official park maps and visitor center contact numbers. They are in the hiking and maps option.

My reviews are listed under:

  • Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park
  • Del Norte Coast Redwoods State Park
  • Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park
  • Redwood National Park
  • Humboldt Redwoods State Park


I recall seeing maps at the parks visitor center racks. Take a look because those redwood trail maps are worth the purchase.

Prairie Creek coast redwoods and man looking at tree trunk

The other redwood trail website is provided from the menu Look for that Our reviews are not identical. Read both and compare. may whack a rating for traffic sound more than I do.

To avoid re-inventing the wheel, I limit being repetitive, adding content when I feel the trail should be described differently or with added emphasis. My experience with evergreens and trees is extensive and there's plenty I can add to the mix. I worked outdoors most of my life from about 1975, and an arborist from 1980, and continuing.

My emphasis is different. Both of our redwood trail reviews combined will offer you more.

Image: Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park near the visitor center. This is the approach to 3 hiking trails. James Irvine trail, Westridge trail and Prairie Creek trail. is worth 5 stars for redwood hiking destinations, photos, trail ratings, detailed maps and mre. See the 2nd menu next to the hiking heading. I refer to that site for my own adventures.


Muir Woods

Coast redwood trunks and richardson grove visitor center

If you need a good "shot in the arm" but can't go much beyond San Francisco, Muir Woods National Monument and Coast Redwoods is an option in Marin County.

Compared to the north coast redwood parks, Muir Woods's redwoods are smaller, but it has plenty of character. The small park 12 miles north of San Fran has 554 acres with 240 acres of old growth. For comparison, that's about 1% the size of Humboldt Redwoods State Park south of Eureka. Or about 10% the size of Forest Park on Portland's west side to give you some idea.

Image: Richardson Grove visitor center south of Avenue of the Giants and Humboldt Redwoods State Park.

Muir Woods' tallest redwood is under 270 ft. tall, whereas Humboldt and Del Norte have tallest over 350 ft. to 370 ft. If implemented a "serenity scale" to rank Muir Woods for hiking, it could end up as just 1/2 star some days. Let me quote the park's July site alert to clarify:

"Take the Muir Woods Shuttle. Weekends are the busiest time for Muir Woods. Parking limited. Muir Woods is experiencing high numbers of visitors. Traffic and unsafe parking behaviors are adding stress to visitors and residents. Expect delays on Hwy 1 as people drive to and from Muir Woods and local beaches."

Again, Muir Woods may give you that shot in the arm, unless you find the stress. Maybe Muir Woods could be compared to pharmaceutical commercials with disclaimer warnings, and Redwood National and State Parks compared to natural food stores.

Exploring the Coast Redwoods

Redwood coast harbor near Crescent City with sunset

After many of my own redwood trips, I suggest for travelers from afar to consider lodging reservations rather than camping to get more out of adventure and cover more ground. It buys time, not just a room. If your time is limited, you can skip camping setup, drying tents and waiting for showers.

Coast redwood camping is a lot of fun, but if the forest will take care of you, get a motel or bed & breakfast room. It also provides a place to keep items that may leave you biting your nails about leaving in a car or tent.

Image: Crescent City harbor sunset

Coast redwoods provide hikes and drives ... even swimming. Expect park staff & rangers to be helpful. The rangers at the redwood visitor centers are indispensable.

Coast Redwood forest along Avenue of the Giants

My time in the redwoods is hiking, camping, photography and exploring. The redwoods are an outdoor museum which led to interesting conversations, new friends around the world, and a few world record discoveries. It's a recreation overlapping my work and education. It literally changed my life, leading me into professional photography also.

Image: Grieg-French-Bell grove at Avenue of the Giants.

Keep in mind that north California has the best places to see redwoods. Oregon has just a little for old growth redwoods and trails. Places to the south like Big Basin and Montgomery Woods are very lovely too, but the coast redwoods of Del Norte and Humboldt are in a league of their own.

The biggest list of giant and tallest coast redwoods discovered over the years came from two men who explored for decades: Chris Atkins and Michael Taylor. They explored alone and with others. Their discoveries provided much of what Dr. Steve Sillett at HSU, researched some years.

Image: Battery Point Lighthouse near Crescent City, west of Jedediah Smith redwood park. A redwood coast landmark.

Crescent City lighthouse and tree along the redwood coast

At least in the United States, Michael Taylor's coast redwood exploring almost reminds me of the Lewis and Clark Expedition. Michael had the benefit of returning home and certainly didn't face certain dangers that the Corp of Discovery met. But Michael spend years of his life exploring most of the coast redwood parks in California, treading through the wilderness beyond the trails. Read more about: Chris Atkins and Michael Taylor.

Taylor is an interesting fellow, a mechanical engineer who is expert with species ID and forests, understanding algebra and trigonometry. He has an appreciation for gadgets and drones. In June 2011, Michael Taylor, Chris Atkins and myself broadened exploration into Southern Oregon and the Sierra Nevada, adding pines and Douglas fir to the coast redwood adventures.

2008 to 2016 provided opportunities to explore with Michael Taylor, Chris Atkins, Dr. Robert Van Pelt and Dr. Steve Sillett, in Redwood National and State Parks. The days were vigorous and memorable. Part time, during 2 years, there was opportunity to work, locating and measuring tall redwoods related to LIDAR.

After 2014, a few of us invested more of our energy again into the coast redwoods and found some remarkable new champion redwoods. See Discovery under Redwood Giants in the menu to find out more. (707) 464 - 2137 @ 701 Hy. 101 S. Crescent City, CA. Visit site for info.. 8 / 14
Curly Redwood Lodge Motel Lodging



Redwood Coast Restaurants & Lodging

Lost Monarch Coast Redwood in Grove of Titans and Jedediah Smith Park

Here are some restaurant & motels for dining and lodging in Humboldt and Del Norte counties of Northern California. Most are are clean, affordable and comfortable.

Curly Redwood Lodge CRESCENT CITY on Highway 101. Just 5 minutes from the redwood park. Huge rooms. This is the one I stay at most often. Some of my photo prints are in the lobby. The covered parking is a treat during fog or rain. There is a restaurant directly across the street and more just a few minutes walk away.

Marlo's Restaurant Greek & Italian CRESCENT CITY. Food was excellent. They may have a lunch buffet. My father was Greek, so this should be fun place to put the meals to the test. The inside was clean and service friendly.

Image: a massive coast redwood in Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park.

Arcata Stay ARCATA. ,,, Upscale California Lodging accommodations. The only Lodging Network in Arcata with an Excellence Rating by Tripadvisor. The 8 Stays are walking distance to Humboldt State University and downtown.

Discovery Inn EUREKA. First stay at this motel was 2012. Comparable value to Motel 6 nearby. Its a coin toss. Clean room and bath. Fridge and WIFI. Convenient location. On Broadway / Highway 101

Bayview Motel EUREKA. Not a budget motel. On hill overlooking the town and bay. First stay was with two other explorers. We got a 2 Queen Suite & adjoining single King. Nice balcony on 2nd floor

Redwood Hyperion Motel GRANTS PASS, Oregon. If you need a place close to I-5. An extra stepping stone to to Jedediah Smith redwoods if you are too tired for 2 extra road hours to Crescent City

Humboldt Redwoods Inn GARBERVILLE. Liked the convenience of this motel right at the turn around for downtown, and close proximity to restaurants, grocery and fuel. South end of town.

Historic Hiouchi Cafe HIOUCHI / CRESCENT CITY. Located in the quant community of Hiouchi, almost adjacent to Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park and Smith River. Along redwood highway 199. The Hiouchi Cafe got new owners as of 2016, who also purchased the Hiouchi Motel next door. As a result, the menu and hours have grown.

An exceptional coast redwood with two men by the trunk

Here are some restaurant & motels for dining and lodging in Humboldt and Del Norte counties of Northern California. Most are are clean, affordable and comfortable.

More motels, inns, lodging and restaurants continued at: Redwood Vacation Lodging


Images: one photo shows a woman by Lost Monarch coast redwood in the Grove of Titans; the other photo looks down at two men and a redwood named Elk Herd



Here are a few redwood coast breweries worth trying:

Port O Pints Brewing Co. CRESCENT CITY. A clean family run pub style operation with snacks and occassional music. Located at 1215 Northcrest Drive. Barely 10 minutes from Jedediah Smith redwood park campground.

Seaquake Brewing CRESCENT CITY. A spacious family friendly atmosphere. A big city look with small town friendliness. Great food. They claim the best beer and food. I'd say their food and and beer rate with the best in the far north redwood coast. Located at 400 Front Street, about 1 minute away from Battery Point Lighthouse.

Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe EUREKA. Great Food and Beverage. The atmosphere reminds me of the McMenamins found around northern Oregon. Located at 1600 Sunset Drive, in Eureka. This place has an exceptional apricot ale that is only available on tap. Only 40 minutes north of Humboldt Redwoods State Park.




Redwood Parks and Visitor Centers


Coast Redwoods and old trunk near Humboldt Redwoods State Park

Redwood National and State Parks visitors centers are perfect for specific questions beyond whatever I provide here. Questions like:

  • What dates are camping reservations available?
  • Wedding permits - where can we get one?
  • How do I get a camping permit for Redwood National Park?
  • Is Howland Hill Road open? Map to Fern Canyon?


Links - Redwoods Parks and Visitors Centers

List of Redwood Park Information Centers & phone

Current Conditions information updates

Image: the Onle Log Truck parked along Avenue of the Giants near a gift shop and Immortal redwood.

Humboldt Redwoods State Park - that park's camping & hiking is managed separately from Redwood National and State Parks above. Go to:

Humboldt Redwoods State Park Information

Humboldt Redwoods Interpretive Association


Photography Workshop 2018 ?

coast redwood forest and howland hill road

Here's where I'm at on Photography Workshops ...

Down the road, I hope to offer workshops in the Coast Redwood parks. Technically permits are required, but there are alternative options along main routes and places like Florence Keller park where I did a workshop in 2016. If you have a small group interested, give me a call to see what we can arrange.

My strength leans toward composition and picking the right location for time of day and weather.

I can't be the sharpest tool in the drawer, but I looked at workshop pages of other photographers and realized I like my own photos better than quite a few I see out there.

I did my first workshop, September, 2016, near Crescent City, in a redwood park that didn't require the state park permit. It went smoothly and I hope to help out again.

If professional photographers contact me for help getting around in the redwoods for photography, I will entertain the idea. But keep in mind that Redwood National and State Parks asks for a permit and keeping $2,000,000 insurance. I already have coverage for my other work and my provider can double limits and certificates, but permit hurdle is somewhat of a hassle for a brief non-routine outing.

If you need comfort of photographng with someone who knows the lay of the land, drop a note and maybe we can arrange something.

Image: Howland Hill Rd. in Jedediah Smith park


To Professional Photographers ...

Technically, the parks require permits for some photography. The center at Crescent City can clarify this. If your equipment is compact like camera, tripod and backpack, no permit is required for landscape photography and redwoods. If you plan to use a model for commercial use that may need a permit, but could be "grey area". I say this, because if a typical visitor poses family for Flickr or Instagram, that can be portfolio-building as much as a photographer posing one person by the same coast redwood.

Also, some models can be friends, and then the playing field is identical to other friend. Light stands or reflectors may be commercial photography from their point of view. Photography workshops need a permit and insurance (why many photographers go under the radar). Scenic photography does not require a permit even if you sell prints.

coast redwood fine art photo of sun rays and fog

A group of friends or photographers just getting together casually with cameras and tripods do not need a permit. Oddly, it's nearly identical to a photography workshop when it boils down to the outward presence of the people.

My own work is a combination of photography and artistic. Ansel Adams did likewise with film camera and darkroom.

Wish you well on your photography adventures !!


Image: sunrise at Howland Hill Rd. in Jedediah Smith redwood park. Known as "God Rays"


Photography Tips for
Coast Redwoods

IMO, the wet season, October - June, is by far the best for redwood photography:

  • Views more open because leaves have fallen
  • Rain moistens needles intensifying colors.
  • Rain washes dust off leaves of ferns
  • The color and condition of moss intensifies
  • Lichens on trunks revive and become vibrant
  • Colorful mushrooms are more abundant

Photo Tips Continued



Other Photo Stuff

North California and Redwoods Virtual Photography PIck a 360 degree tour

Images by Lowell Cottle Redwoods, birds and more.

North Coast Photos with Redwoods North Coast

Redwood Image Archaeology Redwood Post Card and Image Archive.

redwood national park and a fairy

Dr. Van Pelt the Artist. Scientist, and author of Forest Giants of the Pacific Coast.


Image: Trillium Falls trail in Redwood National Park. A fairy girl from Humboldt


Redwood information, facts
and education

Redwood Education Guide Nearly 100 pages. For those who want to learn about coast redwood community and help others.

Provides human history of the redwoods region, science to coast redwood ecosystem, how to conduct a field trip to a redwood park, lessons for a park visit.

Humboldt Redwoods Interpretive Along the Eel River, Humboldt Redwoods State Park has over 53,000 acres, old-growth redwoods. 250 camp sites, 100 miles of hiking, biking, riding trails

Redwood Parks Association Established to assist California State Parks. Educational & Interpretive.

The Redwood Park Association merged with North Coast Redwood Interpretive Association. Both have a history funding interpretive staff, events, exhibits, signs, and publications

Redwood Profile by Flower Essence Society. Coast Redwood is Sequoia sempervirens

Highway 199 ~ Redwood Highway Check out the Coast Redwoods Information and Map option too. Hy 199 is the main travel corridor between Redwood National Park and Crater Lake National Par

Sequoia sempervirens And informative page on Coast Redwoods with info and photos

Coast Redwood and Giant Sequioia: Compare Coast Redwood with Giant Sequoia at Wikipedia.

Exploring, Guides, Tours & Fun

Banana Slug in the Coast Redwoods Forest

M. D. Vaden & Redwoods Time in the Coast Redwoods with Mario Vaden, aka M. D. Vaden... Exploring and Photography ... Exploring as time permits. Available to those who have a huge appreciation for coast redwoods. Friendly adventure.

Redwood Adventures REDWOOD ADVENTURES has tours, hiking, more. Orick. Family vacation, romantic holiday, wedding. retreats. Full hospitality to visitors of Redwood parks. They know how to cook

The Redwood Coast Nature Guide Jenny Hanson, naturalist and nature guide for the Redwood Coast. Guided trips for individuals, families, and groups, including people with physical limitations.

Local naturalist services to bus tours, conventions and large groups. Based in Eureka. Services from Humboldt Redwoods State Park in the south to Jedediah Smith State Park and Crescent City in the north

Goosepens and Caves inside Coast Redwoods

Custom Ceramic Murals CERAMIC MURALS & TOUR. See link for more info. Look for Public Murals. This custom artwork is available for public viewing throughout parts of Crescent City.

FYI - the Guide site is inactive. But Redwood Ed as he's called, is still out and about,. His site is operational



Gifts & Souvenirs

Coast Redwoods forest autumn foliage and redwood guide

Burl n' Drift 28101 Avenue of the Giants. Family owned and operated since 1967. Quality Redwood Souvenirs .... one of the best redwood gift shops

A the Ancient Redwoods RV Park and home of the Hollow Log Truck When you park, look for the Immortal Redwood


Campgrounds, RV resorts

Redwoods RV Resort RV, tent and cabin camping under soaring Sitka Spruce, Douglas fir and Coast Redwoods.

Burls and Coast Redwood trunks

KOA Redwoods Campground - Crescent City, California. 17 forested acres

Ancient Redwoods RV Park Home of the Hollow Log Truck in Redcrest. This is near Founders grove a mile north of Redcrest, California, on the world famous Avenue of the Giants.

The Immortal Redwood stands in view.

This is also in close proximity to Founders Grove, Rockefeller Forest and Humboldt Redwoods State Park Visitor Center.

Riverwalk RV Park Fortuna. Campground by the Eel River. Immaculate. Cabins, RV and Tent camping.

M. D. Vaden Cargo Trailer Conversion One version of cargo trailer camping. A growing trend in do-it-yourself camping



Drive Though Redwoods

coast redwood and hiking

Drive Through Redwoods My redwood page. About all 3 Drive Through Redwoods: Chandelier, Shrine and Tour-Thru. It's a fact that the Shrine redwood is disintegrating and I don't recommend it due to safety concerns.


Drive Through Redwood Their redwood page. Leggett Chandelier drive-thru redwood. Gift shop. Dawn to dusk. Best looking of the 3 drive-though coast redwoods.


Drive Through Redwoods Information USDA & Forest Service pages about drive through coast redwood. (707) 464 - 2137 @ 701 Hy. 101 S. Crescent City, CA. Visit site for info.. 8 / 14
Coast redwood motel lodging and travel


Coast Redwood Photo Book (not available to order)

coast redwoods photo  book about  adventures

The genesis of this coast redwood web page began years ago as a single page about the Grove of Titans .

Eventually, I wanted to offer something solid and portable, weaving coast redwood adventures, education and images. In 2016, I designed this photo book as an educational souvenir.

It's petite and with a few words to tell about photos, hard cover and I sign most.Curly Redwood Lodge may have one in the lobby. Very few will be printed, testing the waters for something bigger someday, maybe. In 2018, I removed the order page opting to carry copies during redwood travels. It's uncertain how long the print company will continue this book format. At the moment, it's still available. 2016 began with 44 pages, upgraded to 54 pages in 2018.

Images fill most of each page showing some of the largest coast redwoods, a few older discoveries by others plus a few photos used for my art prints. The cover is a 2014 new coast redwood discovery called Spartan. One page has the first top-to-bottom photo of Hyperion ever published: the world record discoveriy of 2006. Content also includes albino redwood, curly redwood, carniverous cobra lily, Smith River, Eel River, a lagoon. coast redwood "Geisha", Crescent City harbor, redwood "Fairy", Howland Hill Rd., God Rays, Avenue of the Gants, Prairie Creek elk, redwood burls, lupine at Bald Hills, redwoods The Dark Horse", Labyrinth, Dog Soldier and Bigfoot.

I want purchasers to understand it's 54 pages, not 54 sheets. Size 8.5" x 11". I order handfuls instead of 100s so my cost runs high per book. Positive feedback kept coming, so I decided to keep ordering a few from time to time. Your cost is about $45 per book.




Prints & Canvas by M. D. Vaden

For anyone interested, my prints or canvas hang for sale at a couple art galleries in Crescent City.

  • Crescent Harbor Art Gallery
  • 2nd Street Art Gallery

In 2016 I ordered two 40" x 60" canvas prints of a new coast redwood discovery, one of the widest redwoods ever photographed, so large it makes Gen. Sherman giant sequoia look small. One copy hangs at home. The other was in the 2nd Street Gallery but I moved the canvas to the Houichi Cafe so more people can enjoy it. It sells for $800 but is impractical to ship. 20 x 30 prints are available and more compact to package and send. The last copies went to homes in Illinois and Texas.

The following photo shows a youth standiing among coast redwood trunks in Humboldt Redwoods State Park near Avenue of the Giants. In 2018 I ordered one for our office here and it looks excellent. This one iis also available now to purchase.


redwood coast photography art near crescent city and eureka