Updated September 1, 2016
Mario D. Vaden
Welcome! If you are heading for the coast redwoods, this is a good place to begin. The menu is loaded, located at the top of the top of the page page above the image, or the side, depending on device or browser width. Choose from over 200 pages categorized by subject. More redwood articles are added in the REDWOOD BLOG. The most essential topics are in the menu including must-see, lodging, park visitor centers and hiking. Just start under the Essential tab. In 2014, a new section was added about recent largest coast redwood discoveries after we found new giants. Content here began years ago with a single page about a few huge coast redwoods Giant Redwoods and grew to 200 pages.
This site is one of the best representations of what to anticipate in the Coast Redwoods. The redwood forest with the tallest redwoods, tallest tree, largest coast redwoods, and widest redwood trunk. I am not a "redwood guide" on paper, but have enhanced redwood adventures for a few people. See redwood guide tours.
Many largest redwoods are undisclosed but the parks will share a few like Boyscout redwood or others like the Big redwood and Giant redwood (14 and 15) listed under Redwood Giants in the menu. Other largest 15 coast redwoods each have a page. The coast redwood park visitor centers can direct you to tall (300' to 350') redwoods in several parks. Start in essentials and work out from there, it should be simple to navigate. I have not spotted Bigfoot, but did encounter a Redwood Fairy. There are pages from the menu about unusual coast redwoods as well as various largest coast redwoods. I also post on Facebook.
Coast Redwood: the only known living species of the genus Sequoia in the cypress family Cupressaceae. Common names are coast redwood, coastal redwood and California redwood. They are evergreen and monoecious with both male and female reproductive parts on the same tree. Maximum age can exceed 2300 years. .It is the tallest species, exceeding 380 feet and 29 feet diameter at breast height (dbh). The foliage leaves are needles about 1 inch long with pointed tips and white stripes beneath. But foliage farther up in older coast redwoods may be much smaller and somewhat awl-shaped.
Photo at top: Stout Grove, Jedediah Smith coast redwood forest. Photo at right: Woman by coast redwood trunk in Redwood National Park. A few artistic photos for size and scale are at giant coast redwood.
The genesis of this coast redwood content began years ago as one single page about the Grove of Titans. Like yearly growth rings, it expanded.
Eventually, I found the desire to work on a coast redwood photo book to express my redwood adventures; weaving adventures, education and images. In 2016, I designed a small photo book called Coast Redwood Adventures.
It's available and the first copies were displayed at the 2nd Street Art Gallery in Crescent City. The books are hard cover and I hope to sign most of them. The Curly Redwood Lodge may have one near the lobby.
This coast redwood book has the first top-to-bottom photo of Hyperion ever published.
To read more about the book and order, visit the page:
You will find more there about the contents along with ordering information and options for the USA / 48 states or other countries.
This main redwood page is the only one optimized for mobile devices. Other pages were intended for computer viewing due to the image content. Personally, I liked the old archaic layout better.
This page and menu cover mostly redwood parks of Northern California. Read about lodging, camping, redwood hiking, visitor centers, redwood photography, redwood explorers and canopy researchers.
There are reams of redwood photos. The bigger your screen, the better to see coast redwoods. Its amazing how much life gets sucked out of redwood photos by viewing on phones. I don't even tinker on coast redwood photos with my laptop. I return back home and use the desktop for viewing, adjusting and sharing.
My comments for redwood trails are in the menu under hiking, listed under 5 park names, plus an extra link to redwoodhikes.com. Compare my trail reviews with that one.
There are over 300 Coast Redwood photos in the blog, album, other pages, and the Redwood Mini Pics page.
The 15 largest coast redwoods (2013) are included because most visitors will never see them, as well as Hyperion the tallest redwood, discovered at Redwood National Park. Most are not destinations.
Those coast redwoods and others are in menu option Redwood Giants, along with other unusual coast redwoods. A few may be landmarks.
The north parks of Humboldt and Del Norte are where coast redwoods grow over 360 ft. tall and over 29 ft. wide. The area stretches through Crescent City, Klamath, Orick, Eureka and Meyers Flat. That area has five large coast redwood parks with old growth forest and trails. Each park is different. Jedediah Smith seems more Jurassic, Redwood National may feel like a Wilderness, and Humboldt Redwoods looks more spacious. The redwoods are almost 100 ft. taller than Muir Woods.
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. Approximately 30 minutes south of Eureka, is Humboldt Redwoods State Park with over 50,000 acres and Rockefeller Forest. That park containing the Avenue of the Giants is managed separately and has its own visitor center.
Image: man jumping into the Smith River east of Jedediah Smith redwood park, near Slant Bridge & Hy. 199.
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 Coast Redwoods and Redwood National Park.
The emphasis remains on Coast Redwoods. But a few images from local communities are added.
There are 8 coast redwoods over 370 feet tall (2013). Four are in Redwood National Park and four are in Humboldt Redwoods State Park. Visitor centers will not provide maps to those, but can direct you to redwoods over 300 feet tall around Avenue of the Giants, Bull Creek Flats, Howland Hill Rd., Redwood National Park.
Most biggest Coast Redwoods are not landmarked like Sequoias. But the park visitor centers can show you maps to a lot of large and interesting coast redwoods.,
Again, each redwood park has its own character, and they are all worth visiting on your vacation...
www.curlyredwoodlodge.com (707) 464 - 2137 @ 701 Hy. 101 S. Crescent City, CA. Visit site for info.. 8 / 14
The Redwood Coast is not merely tall and giant Coast Redwoods. It has beaches, rivers, lagoons, prairies, harbors, lighthouses, trails and forests. I made an effort to show this in the photo album and pages.
There is horseback riding, kayaaking, fishing and marathon like one in Avenue of the Giants. Add festivals, the Ferndale kenetic sculpture contest and several breweries.
For car buffs, attend the Sea Cruise auto show yearly in Crescent City. Down in Klamath, there's smoke Salmon, jet boat tours up the river and the overlook of the Klamath River. If you are looking for variety, the redwood coast will offer it.
Note : I'm not a redwood guide ... but have met a few folks for friendly hiking, photography and exploring in the coast redwoods.
Most small clckable Redwood Mini Photos were moved to their own page.
Use the top menu for my reviews of famous redwoods trails, official park maps and visitor center contact.
My reviews are listed under Jedediah Smith, Del Norte Redwoods, Prairie Creek, Redwood National and Humboldt Redwoods State Parks. They are in the maps and hiking option.
Another excellent redwood trail website is provided from the menu, called redwoodhikes.com. Our reviews are not identical. Read both and compare.
redwoodhikes.com may whack a rating for traffic sound more than I do. My emphasis is different. I think both of our sites combined will offer you more for your trip. I recall seeing redwoodwoodhikes.com maps at the parks visitor center racks. Take a look, those redwood trail maps are well worth the purchase.
To avoid re-inventing the wheel, I limit the repetitive, adding content when I feel the trail should be described differently with added emphasis.
redwoodhikes.com is worth 5 stars for redwood hiking destinations, photos, trail ratings, detailed maps and more. See the 2nd menu next to the hiking heading. I refer to that site for my own adventures.
The image to the right shows part of Boy Scout in Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park. Select image to enlarge. The trailhead is next to Howland Hill Rd. Sometimes the gates are locked for maintenance, but the road is usually open.
If you need a small "shot in the arm" but can't go far beyond San Francisco, Muir Woods National Monument and Coast Redwoods is an option in Marin County. Compared to the north parks, SF area is more like a psuedo-northern California, but 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 the famous Humboldt Redwoods State Park south of Eureka.
For those familiiar with the the Pacific NW, Muir Woods forest is about 10% the size of Forest Park on Portland's west side.
Muir Woods' tallest redwood is under 270 ft. tall, whereas Humboldt and Del Norte's tallest are over 370 ft.
If redwoodhikes.com actually used their "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 is merely a shot in the arm, unless you find the stress. compared to Redwood National and State Parks to the north. In Humboldt and Del Norte, it's easy to find a peaceful trail all year. Winter feels almost Wilderness-like in the far north. Maybe Muir Woods could be compared to pharmaceutical commercials with disclaimer warnings, and Redwood National and State Parks compared to natural food stores
After many redwood trips, the suggestion I offer to travelers from afar is consider lodging reservations rather than camping to get more out of your adventure and cover more ground. It buys time, not just a room. If time is limited, you can skip setup, drying tents and waiting for showers.
Coast redwoods provide hikes and drives. Expect park staff & rangers to be helpful. The rangers and staff at the redwood visitor centers are indispensable. Keep in mind that north California has the best places to see redwoods. Oregon has just a little for old growth redwoods and trails.
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 world record discoveries. A recreation overlapping my work and education.
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. Read more about: Chris Atkins and Michael Taylor.
2008 to 2015 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 over 2 years, there was opportunity to help locate and measure tall redwoods related to LIDAR.
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 Orego and the Sierra Nevada, adding pines and Douglas fir to the coast redwood adventures..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:
www.curlyredwoodlodge.com (707) 464 - 2137 @ 701 Hy. 101 S. Crescent City, CA. Visit site for info.. 8 / 14
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 options.
One motel is in Grants Pass.
Curly Redwood Lodge CRESCENT CITY on Highway 101. Near food & shopping. 5 minutes from Redwood park.Huge rooms. This is the one I stay at most often. Several of my photo prints are in the main lobby.
The covered parking of the Curly Redwood Lodge is a treat when there is fog or rain. There is a restaurant directly across the street, and a couple more just a few minutes walk to the north.
Arcata Stay ARCATA. ,,, Upscale Arcata 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
The lobby has snacks, beverage coolers, coffee most of the day and a computer for internet browsing. A new Hyperion Suites addition named after the tallest redwood. Swimming and nice landscaping
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.
More motels, inns, lodging and restaurants continued > Redwood Vacation Lodging
Redwood National and State Parks visitors centers are perfect for specific questions beyond what I wrote on pages here. Questions like:
Links for the Redwoods Parks and Visitors Centers
Humboldt Redwoods State Park -- this park's camping and hiking is managed separately from Redwood National and State Parks above. Humbold Redwoods State Park info can be found at ...
Here's where I'm at on Photography Workshops ...
Down the road, I hope to offer workshops in the Coast Redwoods, My strength leans toward composition and picking the right location for time of day or weather.
Certainly I can't be the sharpest tool in the drawer, but I looked at workshop pages of some photographers for redwoods and I prefer my photos much of what I see.
If photographers contact me with a request for help getting around in the redwoods for photography, I will entertain the idea, maybe even deal with the permit.
If you need comfort of photographng with someone who knows the lay of the land, drop a note and maybe we can arrange something.
To photographer professionals - technically, the parks require permits for some photography. If you call the visitor center at Crescent City or the permit coordinator they can clarify.
If your equipment is compact like camera, tripod and backpack, no permit should be required for landscape photography and redwoods.
If you plan to use a model for commercial use, that may need a permit. Stands and reflectors may be commercial photography from their point of view. Photography workshops need a permit and insurance (maybe why many go under the radar)
Most landscape scenic photography does not require a permit, even if you sell prints.
A group of friends or photographers gettting together with cameras and tripods should not need a permit. I do not think rules can prohibit donations outside parks after recreational photos.
My own work is a combination of photography and artistic. Ansel Adams did likewise with film camera and darkroom. My work is digital camera and computer. I want to emphasize that my images are not what the camera captured, but the potential from what was captured.
Wish you well on your photography adventures,
IMO ... the wet season, October - June, is best for redwood photography:
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.
Dr. Van Pelt the Artist. Scientist, and author of Forest Giants of the Pacific Coast.
Redwood Education Guide Nearly 100 pages. For those who want to learn about coast redwood community and help others.
Provides human history of famous 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
Different, but related, see Archangel Archive Propagate. They propagate Redwoods
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
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 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
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
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 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 Through Redwoods Page about the 3 Drive Through Redwoods: Chandelier, Shrine and 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.