Jedediah Smith redwoods + Pebble Beach 1/26

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Jedediah Smith redwoods + Pebble Beach 1/26

Post by BrianEdwards » January 26th, 2013, 7:07 pm

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Day two of our Northern California vacation had us up near Crescent City to visit the Stout Grove of Redwoods. While the Stout Grove may not be home to any record Redwood trees, it's one of the greatest groves to wander through. The concentration of giants is very high in this grove, with little to no other trees mixed in. The frequent flooding it endures is due to its low elevation at the confluence of Mill Creek with the Smith River. This keeps the brush to a minimum and provide great views of the huge trees.

I'm always excited to see the sign for another state

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When you turn on Howland Hill Rd to access the Stout Grove, you cross both forks of the Smith River. All photos are straight from an iPhone 4s

North Fork:

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South Fork:

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After a couple miles, you reach the turn off to the Stout Grove. Park and head out. I recommend hiking the loop clockwise.

My wife near a big tree

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The sun went behind a very dark cloud, making it a bit surreal walking through the magnificent trees

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Looking up

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More biggin's

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One of the stars of this grove is the Stout Tree. I've read it's 21 ft across and 340 ft tall supposedly. It's the one my wife's standing by

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Closer

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Just ahead from the Stout Tree is two giants. Find my wife :)

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Around the corner we passed under these rugged giants

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Scenic trail

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Can't stop looking up at how tall these things are. It's really something to behold.

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Trail

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More

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Conglomeration of wood

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These things are just huge

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Last shot before the truck

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Just a few miles away was Pebble Beach in Crescent City. The waves were breaking pretty good today and the sun was out. Didn't feel like January!

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Catching some rays

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Pano

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Headed to Brookings, Oregon where gas was 62 cents a gallon cheaper and food isn't taxed. Tried catching the sunset after dinner but it came up lame :|

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More to come the next two days hopefully. Thanks for looking
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Re: jedediah Smith redwoods + Pebble Beach 1/26

Post by retired jerry » January 26th, 2013, 7:30 pm

Nice!

It's amazing how big the trees are. And when you walk down any of many trails.

Lot's of huge Douglas Firs as well as Redwoods.

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Post by mileagemike25000 » January 26th, 2013, 7:36 pm

Looks like a great vacation! I love the pictures of the trees and ocean. I hope your vacation is going well and look forward to the forthcoming photos. :)

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Post by shawjr » January 26th, 2013, 7:59 pm

Looks like a fun trip! Lookin forward to more pictures :D

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Post by BrianEdwards » January 26th, 2013, 8:46 pm

Thanks, Jerry, Mike, & Jamey :)
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Post by pdxgene » January 26th, 2013, 11:16 pm

Very nice!

I grew up going to the redwoods down in NoCal. One of these days I need to drag myself on back down there. Soon.

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Post by Rustygoat » January 27th, 2013, 9:30 am

Nice pictures Brian! Can you imagine a bushwhack through that forest over the downed trees? :D
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Post by Sean Thomas » January 27th, 2013, 9:41 am

Wow, great pictures Brian. What a good choice to head down there this time of year, looks spectacular!


Ive only been to the redwoods once and I was only 10 years old, but I am still amazed by that trip all these years later.

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Post by BrianEdwards » January 27th, 2013, 9:43 am

Thanks, Gene & Sean :)
Rustygoat wrote:Nice pictures Brian! Can you imagine a bushwhack through that forest over the downed trees? :D
Ya know Tim, I was thinking that alot when we'd walk by some of the giant trees laying on the ground. Several of em were atleast 10 feet high, if not more, and 300+ ft long.. Whew! :) Get one of those laying on a hill = total human barrier. Add in the coastal brush and I can see how hard it'd be to explore some of the Redwood forests.
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Post by Grannyhiker » January 27th, 2013, 5:02 pm

I always recommend Stout Grove, but of course I haven't been able to visit it since Hysson joined the family. California in general is extremely dog-unfriendly; their state parks don't allow them either. I'm glad I live in Oregon!
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