Thursday, August 28, 2008
Explore the Redwood Coast
Explore the California Redwood Coast.
Since the early 1930's, Klamath has been the secret vacation retreat for outdoor adventurers. Find over 1200 RV and camping sites, one of the states largest river, Redwood National and State parks and miles of uncrowded beaches.
The Redwood National and State Parks (RNSP) features an impressive diversity of nature. Considered as one of the most unique ecosystems on our planet where there is a serene balance between ancient coast redwood groves, gray whales, black bears, banana slugs and much more. Includes Del Norte, Jedediah Smith and Prairie Creek Redwoods State Parks. Visit the world famous Redwood groves containing the largest redwoods.
In the late 1800's western expansion and development threatened the continued existence of these majestic trees. By 1900 the future of old growth redwood forests was in jeopardy. Both state and federal government started to come forward to create parkland reserves to protect the trees and associated habitat in the 1920's.
Today, visitors to RNSP will find not only old-growth redwood groves but open prairie lands, two major rivers, and 37 miles (60 km) of pristine California coastline. The redwoods thrive in a temperate ecosystem and require lots of precipitation. The climate is 40 - 60 degrees year round along the wild redwood coastline.
One unique highlight is Trees of Mystery. This is an 8/10ths of a mile groomed interpretive trail through the awe-inspiring Redwoods of Northern California. Part of the trail (The Trail of Tall Tales)is devoted to the myth and mythology of Paul Bunyan, America's larger-than-life logger from the turn of the century.
The Coastal Trail runs 25 miles through the combined length of the Redwood National and State Parks. It passes through a variety of spectacular habitat including bluffs, deserted beaches, grasslands, forest covered glades. Access points include Fern Canyon, Crescent Beach and Damnation Creek. Other trails access the wild coastline and provide vistas to rock promonitories that are home to sea lion colonies and overlook whale migration routes. Some trails are suitable for horse and/or bike.