Hiking, Adventure and
Coast Redwood Photography.
Every image should enlarge or lead to information including pages for each of the 16 largest Coast Redwoods, and some of the tallest. I post on Facebook but the best info is here and the blog. Some must-see tips are in the categorized table down the page.
If you take time, the information here may prove one of the best overall representations for what to anticipate visiting the Coast Redwoods. There's enough for more than a few hours. Some folks enjoy photos and reading here, at night from their motel room during their redwood vacation. The most essential topics should be easy to spot.
Coast Redwood Information
This resource is about Coast Redwoods and parks of Northern California, local lodging, camping, redwoods, hiking tips, maps, guided tours and redwood coast photography. Content ranges from the redwood forest in general to the explorers and researchers of the tallest species on Earth.
Photo top: Site Owner, Mario Vaden aka M. D. Vaden
Photo right: Click image to view 3 images of giant coast redwoods with Kiera, local to the redwood coast. She assisted to show scale and size of several unique redwoods in the parks. The one here was 26 feet diameter the year we photographed.
Browse and find nearly 300 Coast Redwood photos, the blog, the album (menu), a score of other pages and the new Redwood Photo Appetizer section. Even a ranger or two might be checking if their smile was put in the ranger page.
Scroll down for motel lodging | hiking | guides | articles and redwood park visitor centers. New content is added continually. It's a lot, but most is categorized in some fashion.
Also included are pics for each of 16 largest known Coast Redwoods which most people will not get a chance to find ... as well as Hyperion the tallest of redwoods at 379 ft. ... discovered at Redwood National Park ... a page for each.
Content dwells mostly on the north parks where the tallest and biggest coast redwoods grow ... 300 to 379' tall and 60 to 90 ft. circumference.
2013, the blog was added to share random coast redwoods stuff. Keep checking for new entries.
There are 8 coast redwoods over 370 feet tall. 4 are in Redwood National Park and all 8 north of Myers Flat. The visitor centers will not provide maps for those and for the more part, do not know the locations. But you can certainly get maps to view redwoods 300 to 350 feet tall ... places like Bull Creek Flats, or a grove by Redwood Creek in Redwood National Park.
The largest Coast Redwood, called Lost Monarch, is so big that only 6 Giant Sequoia of the Sierra Nevada area surpass it's volume: it's size is near equal to the Boole Giant Sequoia. That largest Coast Redwood (321') is taller than any known Giant Sequoia, and has volume generally associated with Sequoiadendron.
At chest high, it's almost as wide as the President Giant Sequoia featured in National Geographic 2012
Note : I am not a "redwood guide" ... but ... have enhanced the visit for a few folks by getting together for hiking, photography or exploring in the coast redwoods. Including some satisfying meals.
This page began 2008 about a handful of largest redwoods called the Grove of Titans ... (undisclosed) ... and the content grew.
With patience, 90% of folks should find here what they are looking for, about coast redwood adventure or a lead. This is one of the most complete resources online for coast redwoods, so take your time. There is everything from redwood dimensions to maps, chambers of commerce and poison-oak.
Photo albums include albino redwood, Jedediah Smith redwoods, Rockefeller Forest, Avenue of the Giants and Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park, Del Norte Coast Redwoods, and Redwood National Park. There is a vast variety, but the emphasis remains on Coast Redwood ... the reason people cross oceans to come and experience these tall evergreens.
Image right: Walking among Coast Redwoods in Stout Grove, at Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park. Light is beaming in from the side where the grove meets the Smith River. Autumn, Winter and Spring moisture often gives a rich color to fallen needles on the forest floor.
The Redwood Coast name is not derived just from the tall and giant Coast Redwoods.
It is a land of beaches, rivers, lagoons, prairie, meadows, harbors, sea stacks, lighthouses, trails and forests. I made an effort to show a lot of this in the photos in the albums and various pages here.
There activities ranging from kinetic sculpture contests to marathons. So if you group or family is looking for variety, the redwood coast can offer it.
Links for researcher Prof. Steve Sillett and explorer Michael Taylor are also provided.
Some About Exploring
Exploring My time in the redwoods is hiking, camping, photography and exploring. The redwoods are an outdoor museum which also led to many interesting conversations, new friends, and some new height records.
2008 to 2012 provided opportunities to explore with Michael Taylor, Chris Atkins & Prof. Steve Sillett, in Redwood National Park, Prairie Creek redwoods and some National Forest. The days were vigorous, refreshing and memorable. Plus a chance to lend a hand locating tall redwoods related to LIDAR. Continued: Exploring Redwoods
For travelers from afar, consider reservations at Redwood National Park lodging instead of camping, to get the most out of your adventure: it buys time, not just a room.
Coast redwoods provide many hikes, and drives. Expect park staff & rangers to be helpful: they have been for me. The rangers and staff at the redwood visitor centers, collectively, are indispensable. Keep in mind that north California has the best places to see redwoods. Oregon has very little acreage, but has some nice old growth redwoods and trails.
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, together, and with others. See: Chris Atkins and Michael Taylor. Actually, Taylor is an interesting fellow. Before meeting, I read about him in Preston's bestseller, which gave the impression of a poor kid of a rich dad ... a young man who couldn't cope with college.
Having met Michael, I found a mechanical engineer who is expert with species ID and forests. And an appreciable understanding of algebra and trigonometry.
In 2011, he became the California coordinator to verify nominations for the biggest of each species in that state.
June 2011, Michael and I, explored in Oregon, discovering tallest live-top Douglas Fir @ 322.5', which should replace the impressive shrinking Doerner Fir. Various species, and not just redwoods, are part of the expeditions.
For redwood geeks, take a peek at the Drury redwood mapping for another measuring aspect.
Ever wondered about how tall Redwoods can become? See How tall was the tallest Coast Redwood
Redwood hiking is among the best exercise I have ever done. A recreation overlapping my work and education. Redwoods can also increase an awe of God's work: consider just this one component of the environment created to dwell in.
National Geographic Redwood Tree Portrait
Here is a coast redwood video link (below) from National Geographic about photographer Nichols working with a team of researchers to make a giant coast redwood portrait ... a composite image of 84 frames.
The project took 3 weeks, and the redwood photo was a centerpiece of National Geographic, October 2009.
You can see it here:
National Geophic - Making a Redwood Portrait
Other Places and Things to do
There are many places of interest among the north redwoods or in close proximity. Most are in northern California. Oregon Caves is near Cave Junction, west of Hiouchi and Jedediah Smith redwoods. Keep in mind Harris Beach State Park next to Brookings (Oregon campgrounds are among the best in the United States).
A play structure for children is barely 1 minute from Redwood Parks visitor center, Crescent City.
Trees of Mystery at Klamath, has a gondola ride and native American artifact museum. You can't miss is, because there is a huge Paul Bunyan and Babe the Ox. FYI ... the Brotherhood redwood there is the same General Custer redwood seen in old 1937 postcards. There is also an area set aside for redwood weddings. To conserve space, more suggestions were moved to another page ...
Click here to see more: Redwoods Travel. Places to See & Things to Do
Grove of Titans
This page began 2008 with a few photos from the Grove of Titans and Atlas Grove. Like Lost Monarch, Del Norte Titan, Sreaming Titans or Iluvatar. That evolved into all of what you see here. If you scroll up the page, there's a link for each one of those with information and photographs.
The parks provide no maps or directions to those particular redwoods.
Photo: Redwood "Chesty" Puller, courtesy of Gerald Beranek
99.99 % of redwood coast visitors will never see these in person, but the images and pages can at least give you opportunity to visualize what the redwood forest can develop as the centuries pass.
Read Grove of Titans or Atlas Grove & Project.
NOTE ... 5/8/13 ... Black Bear spotted @ Grove of Titans
The present existence of redwoods this large became more widely known following 2008 and Preston's best-seller redwood adventure book release. The main illustrator for that book was Andrew Joslin, shown in the images on the mini pics page: standing in Atlas Grove, 2011, on a trip to Redwood National and State Parks.
It is possible that a larger Coast Redwood exists than Lost Monarch in the Grove of Titans. Several hills and valleys remain unexplored in Redwood National and State Parks. In fact ... 2014 ... we discovered several new titans, one with a 25 ft. diameter trunk at dbh ... proof that giants remain hidden.
Book suggestions & online reading
I moved books and articles to their own section.
Richard Preston, Robert Van Pelt and National Geographic among them.
The 2012 Giant Sequoia article is included with the Coast Redwood 2009
Continue to more: Book Suggestions and Online READING
Odds & Ends
WW II Bombing in the "State of Jefferson": Japanese Fujita bombed the west coast, 1942, attempting to start fires near the northern redwoods near Crescent City & Brookings. inside a region known as the State of Jefferson, also the northern extent of the Coast Redwood natural range. Check these three:
Fujita Reference 1 | Reference 2 | Reference 3
Then, related to BIGFOOT are these other:
World's only Bigfoot Trap
Bigfoot Museum of Willow Creek
Hyperion, World's Tallest Redwood
Hyperion: 115.61m | 379.1' tall, 15.88' diameter Image Policy
Hyperion is the tallest in the world. Previously, Stratosphere Giant in Humboldt Redwoods State Park was the record. Hyperion coast redwood was discovered 2006, by Atkins and Taylor, who explored Redwood National Park. They found it not long after discovering Helios.
Prof. Steve Sillett and team climbed this redwood for a measurement filmed by National Geographic. The 2nd tallest Helios redwood is in the same park. Icarus the 3rd tallest is in the same grove near a nicknamed Dry Heaves Creek.
Continued with Larger Photo at: Hyperion Redwood Page
Dial California highway conditions
Traveling to the redwoods, check highway conditions.
Especially Hy. 199 & Hy. 101.
1 - 800 - 427 - 7623
Redwood parks visitor centers
Redwood National and State Parks visitors centers are perfect for specific questions like ... What dates are camping reservations available? ... How do we tell the difference between a Coast Redwood and Douglas Fir? ... How do I get a camping permit or gate pass for Redwood National Park? .... Is Howland Hill Road open? Is Fern Canyon accessible today?
Click here for list of Redwood Parks Information Centers & Phone numbers
Or choose this one for their Current Conditions information updates
Wi-Fi internet hotspots
Wi-Fi Internet Suggestion In case you need to check email, share photos or find places on your vacation
This is a very challenging thing for me, because I like to tap into email, maps and other information, and 25% of the time, connections seem to vanish.
Lodging, motels, restaurants
Here are some restaurant & motels, several which I enjoy for dining and lodging when I travel Humboldt and Del Norte counties of Nor Cal.
Most are are clean, affordable and comfortable options.
Curly Redwood Lodge CRESCENT CITY on Highway 101. Near food & shopping. 5 minutes from the Redwood park. Rather huge rooms. Sparkling restrooms. Older but clean. Wi-Fi, cable TV. This is the motel which I have stayed at most often. Affordable Redwood National and State Parks lodging.
Hiouchi Motel HIOUCHI next door to Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park. WiFi, "well behaved" pets. Rooms quaint, sparkling clean. Near small market, restaurant, and fuel. Had microwave and small refrigerator.
Ravenwood Motel KLAMATH. Practically designer decorated, wireless Internet, Excellent rates, Lodging for fishing, hiking, or birding, vacation. Very comfortable. Friendly service. Redwood National and State Parks lodging. Woke up one morning here and forgot I was not at home. Beverage and food directly across the street.
The Chart Room CRESCENT CITY. An excellent restaurant for seafood and other meals. I eat there often. Overlook the ocean, harbor, sea lions and light house. The interior is spacious. The Servers seem to remain for years, which is nice.
Mazottis EUREKA | ARCATA . An Italian style restaurant. Clean, good atmosphere and many menu selections. Also beer, wine and full service bar. Open 7 days a week.
Photo: Select image to enlarge. Jenni of Arcata next to Melkor, one of the largest known Coast Redwoods. I also photographed Kiera of Crescent City. See more at redwood photo series
Discovery Inn EUREKA. First stay at this motel was 2012. Much better condition room and value than Motel 6 down the street. I would pick Discovery Inn for lodging any time. Clean room and bath. Fridge and WIFI worked. Convenient location. Right on Broadway / Highway 101
Bayview Motel EUREKA. Not a budget motel. Set up on a hill overlooking the town and bay. First stay here was with two other forest explorers: we got a 2 Queen Suite & adjoining single King. Nice balcony on 2nd floor.
Redwood Motel GRANTS PASS, Oregon. If you need a place close to I-5, Redwood Motel is one of the nicest around. An extra stepping stone to the coast or a comfortable room for a day drive to Jedediah Smith redwoods, The landscaping is gorgeous including coast redwood and giant sequoia.
The lobby has snacks, beverage coolers, coffee most of the day and a computer for internet browsing. There are plans to add Hyperion Suites, a new addition named after the tallest redwood. Check the website.
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 the Smith River. This restaurant is off the main redwood highway 199.
More motels, inns, Redwood National Park
Lodging & Restaurants continued >>> Redwood Vacation Lodging
Redwood information, facts and education
Redwood Education Guide Nearly 100 pages. For those who want to learn about the coast redwood community and help others. In one document, provides human history of the coast redwood region, science particular to the coast redwood ecosystem, how to set up and conduct a field trip to a redwood park, lessons for before, during, and after 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 the North Coast Redwood Interpretive Association. Both have a long history of 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 Redwood Information and Map option too. Highway 199 is the main travel corridor between Redwood National Park and Crater Lake National Park
Sequoia sempervirens And informative page on Coast Redwoods with a lot of info and photos
Coast Redwood and Giant Sequioia: Compare Coast Redwood with Giant Sequoia at Wikipedia.
A bit different, but related, see Archangel Archive Propagate & Reforest. They also propagate Redwoods.
Redwoods photos: Rhododendron, men, goosepen cave in redwood
Roosevelt Elk, couple from S. Africa, woman, Clintonia
Tours, Guides, Adventure
Redwood Adventures REDWOOD ADVENTURES has tours, hiking, more. Orick. Family vacation, romantic holiday, wedding. retreats. Full hospitality to visitors of Redwood State Parks. They know how to cook too. A group I enjoy stopping by to visit.
Exploring with M. D. Vaden - Exploring as time permits. Available to those who have a huge appreciation for coast redwoods. These are basically personal get-together adventures.
The Redwood Coast Nature Guide Jenny Hanson, naturalist and nature guide for the Redwood Coast. Guided trips for individuals, families, and small groups, including people with physical limitations. Local naturalist services to bus tours, conventions, and large groups. Based in Eureka, California. Services from Humboldt Redwoods State Park in the south to Jedediah Smith State Park and Crescent City in the north
FYI - the Guide site www.gilbertredwoodexcursions.com is inactive. But Redwood Ed as he's called, is still out and about,. His site www.redwood-ed.com is operational.
JETBOAT TOURS. 3 choices. Klamath: Klamath River Jetboat. Gold Beach, Oregon: Jerrys Rogue Jets Grants Pass Hellgate Jetboat Excursions - Rogue River.
Redwoods photo: Elk near Redwood National Park, Del Norte Coast Redwoods State Park Hy. 101, Prairie Creek and Clintonia Flower
Gifts & Souvenirs
Burl n' Drift 28101 Avenue of the Giants. Family owned and operated since 1967. Fine Quality Redwood Souvenirs. (This is one of the best redwood gift shops I have been to).
This is at the Ancient Redwoods RV Park and home of the Hollow Log Truck When you park, look for the Immortal Redwood next to the gift shop.
Campgrounds, RV resorts
Redwoods RV Resort RV, tent and cabin camping under soaring Sitka Spruce, Douglas fir and Coast Redwoods.
KOA Redwoods Campground - Crescent City, California. 17 forested acres
Ancient Redwoods RV Park Hollow Log Truck home. Redcrest. Avenue of the Giants by Founders grove. One mile north of Redcrest, California, on the world famous Avenue of the Giants.
The park sits near 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 The switch from RV trailer to cargo trailer camping. A growing trend for , light weight and affordable do-it-yourself camping.
Redwoods photo: Select image to enlarge. Giant Cathedral Redwood, aka Fairy Ring, in Prairie Creek. Woman shown for scale: Kiera Hulsey
Drive Through Redwoods M. D. Vaden page about the 3 Drive Through Redwoods: Chandelier, Shrine, Tour Thru
Drive Through Redwood Leggett Chandelier drive-thru redwood. Gift shop. Dawn to dusk. Best looking of the 3 drive-though.
Drive Through Redwoods Information USDA & Forest Service pages about the drive through redwoods.
Photography Workshop Info ... 2014
Here's where I'm at on Photography Workshops ...
Down the road, I'd like to offer workshops in the Coast Redwoods, but presently I'm not strong technically speaking. My strength resides in composition and picking the right location for time of day or weather. Fair to say though ... I've looked at workshop pages of some photographers aiming for Coast redwoods and I'd pick my photos over half of what I see. If you are adept, but just need comfort and reliability of photographng with someone who knows the lay of the land, drop a note and maybe we can arrange something. If you are a beginner needing technical help. I won't be the sharpest tool in the drawer ... but not the dullest tool either.
BTW ... the photos above were my own improvising. My preference for Lupine would be cloudy overcast or foggy. But I decided to tackle bright daylight April 2014 when the temperature soared over 80 degrees one afternoon I prescheduled big redwood photography with a model for scale. We did a 180 turn on our plan and got some nice portraits. The weather turned cloudy following days and I ended up with the big redwood photos too.
Wish you well on your 2014 photography adventures,
Tips for photography in the Redwoods
Some basics for taking photographs in the coast redwoods.