Redwood National Park Travel Blog› entry 19 of 36 › view all entries
One more day in Redwood NP. We started near to the Elk Prairie visitor center with a short (3.5 miles) hiking trip â€śSouth Fork â€“ Rhododendron â€“ Brown Creek Trailâ€ť. We saw pretty impressive and huge Redwood Mammut Trees on this trip.
After that, we get back to the car and drove back for around one mile to see the â€śBig Treeâ€ť. Unfortunately, we saw so many real big trees in the last two days, that this â€śBig Treeâ€ť was not really something special. In my opinion, we saw a lot bigger trees than this one.
As third we parked the car directly at the Elk creek visitor center and started our 12 miles hiking round-trip: â€śJames Irvine Trailhead â€“ Fern Canyion â€“ Miners Ridgeâ€ť. Specially the Fern Canyon is an absolutely must see. For those who don't like to hike that much, there is also a parking lot very close (about 1 mile) to the canyon. You walk on the floor of this canyon and on both sides of it are walls (around 30m high) fully loaded with different ferns.
After that hike, on our way further down south to Arcata, we met a group of Elks which browsed the hayfield next to the street.
One more travel day today. We kept on heading south and traveled from Crescent City down to Trinidad. We did a short stopover near to Klamath to hike that ~6km (one way) fantastic â€śKlamath Overlook â€“ Hidden Beach Trailâ€ť. This is a really interesting hike along the coast. While we did this hike, we heard the bark of the sea lions down at the sea (unfortunately we were not able to see them because of the trees). If you try this trail, I strongly recommend to do a short detour to the â€śHidden Beachâ€ť. A very scenic beach, where you can do a dozen fantastic photos.
While I explored the hidden beach I found a sea lions dead body rot at the beach. You will find two photos of it below, because my meaning is, that the death is part of our life everyday in some ways and therefore nothing we should fear.