Redwoods National Park & Forest, Del Norte Coastal Redwoods State Park, California
Camping and hiking in the Redwoods National Forest & Park
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Every since I first stepped foot in the Redwoods with my parents years ago on a road trip a lot like ours, I have been DYING to return! I planned a few days in the park to take in the trees, hike and see new places! We drove down a random road that took us out of the green trees to what looked like the South. We stopped on the side of the road, before going too far for lunch, and to soak in the sunshine. I never knew this side of the park and it was awesome to see!
Our favorite hike took us to the ocean, it was an 1.5 hour hike down. Like steep down!
I kept looking back and reminding us that we had to go back up that! We only passed a few people on the way down, they were telling us it was worth it, but man it was hard. When you get to the bottom you and your tired legs have to walk across sand to get to the water. But, man is it worth it! Another amazing beach with NO ONE AROUND! If we did the hike earlier we would have took a dip! But, we knew that the hike would take a while back up, and we didn’t want to do it in the dark! We made a goal to do it in 1 hour and WE DID! YAY!
We celebrated an amazing hike with some cold beer, wine, and a LOOOONG shower! Camped in the beautiful Del Norte Coastal Redwoods State Park. We camped at campsite 98 and it was amazing! Well, to be honest, most of the camping spots were freaking awesome!
I could have stayed among those trees for days! We both loved how quiet it was, even though there were so many people walking the short trail we were. Looking up you could see the misty clouds that were almost like it’s whole little Eco system! The smell was indescribable, I wish I could bottle it up to smell daily! And all the GREEN! My favorite color, we were surrounded by it!
Plus, again the reminder of how small we are on this planet. Along, with knowing that we NEED to protect it’s beauty no matter what!
When we got to the bottom of that trail and the beach, we saw a SEAL! Yes, that little black thing is a seal! It was pretty damn awesome! It’s not the most beautiful photo, but man I can still remember that feeling! It was like the trophy for our hike! Oh and that beer above was so tasty after that hike!
This Camelbak has been with me on nearly every hike we have ever done! It’s the best lightweight camel back I have found. All our packs have bladders for them, but this is our favorite for taking on short day hikes. They don’t make them like it anymore, but if you need a good pack for short hikes this is an amazing one to get! I have had it for 10+ years! I bought it while in college in La Crosse where I hiked weekly, took it with me to Alaska, and now it’s been everywhere with us on our adventures! We packed it in our RTIC Cooler for this trip!
We get asked all the time what we eat when we go camping, which will be a few other blogs coming soon. But, you need to know what we ate on our final night in the Redwoods, it was so fancy!
We knew we didn’t have much fuel left in our canister, the final fuel was used making instant mashed potatoes, with cheese and some redheaded soggy bacon. All that with a side of wine and beer! So fancy! But, it was the fullest we were the whole trip! But, we were so bummed we didn’t have fuel for coffee in the morning! Thankful we knew where to get some close by!