About Redwood Guided Tours
Exploring the Coast Redwoods
If you seek a memorable redwoods experience for general guided tours there are guides in Humboldt County I can refer you to who have a commercial permit for conducting business in the parks. My business is up in Oregon, and trips to the redwoods to meet others from other states or countries must be 100% personal with no tour offered for a fee on the California side.
Whenever I explore in the redwoods with new or old acquaintences, we always explore, photograph or measure redwoods and groves that ensure mutual enjoyment. And in that regard, our adventures become better than guided tours anyway.
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Image: This man came from south South Africa with his wife, to see the Coast Redwoods. Seen here at the Valley of the Lost Groves. We also began a new height measurement for Arco Giant
I'm not a redwood guide, so to speak. Some people have covered and employed my expense and time for travel on the Oregon side. After crossing to CA, I can only maintain a casual friends, non-business (0%) relationship. In Oregon though, my LCB license does cover my time to the border, and redwood park regulations don't restrict contracting my time and fuel between, say, Portland and Grants Pass.
September 2012, Marshall Neeck, Chief Ranger for Redwood National and State Parks, wrote that a "valid Commercial Use Authorization" is required to conduct guided tour business in the redwood parks according to "Part 36 Code of Federal Regulations, chapter 5.3."
I made sure to let Ranger Neeck know that I only charge for time on the Oregon side where my license covers landscape and tree care business, and that my time spent in the redwood parks is free. In addition, I ask anyone who pays for my business time in Oregon, to confirm in writing (or email) they understand that our exploring in the redwoods is free and that no specific tour can be promised.
It seems like this should make everybody exceptionally happy. The rangers get to do their job and we can appreciate their efforts. Californians around the redwoods get sprinkled with Oregon dollars ($$), and the people I hang out have a remarkable visit.
I have hiked and explored with people coming from Africa, Germany, east coast USA ... even Mendocino or Trinity counties of California. We enjoy looking at many of the biggest and best in the coast redwoods, sometimes measure heights, and capture the moments with photography.
If an extraordinary redwood visit is on your wish list, let me know. If you want a bonafide redwood guide in the area for a basic tour, you can start with Redwood Adventures near Orick.