We drove north 20 miles to Crescent City and another 10 miles east to the Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park. Our goal was the 17-mile unpaved route through more towering old-growth redwoods. This road winds around the large redwoods, probably in an attempt to preserve as many trees as possible. It does make navigating in a large 1-ton truck a little tricky, but the pay-back for viewing groves of redwoods was well worth the trip. Today’s joke was we may come back with a redwood racing stripe down the side of the truck.
We stopped at the Stout Grove trail and took a short hike. Seriously, these trees are monsters. The trail winds through the trees standing and fallen. Since this state park is back from the coast a bit, the temperature was much warmer and no fog. Nice for hiking.
For such a remote location and rough road, it was surprising to see the large number of people hiking and driving through. This was a single lane road with occasional turn-outs. With so many on the road, it made for some interesting driving.