Jackson State Forest
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Jackson State Forest is located in Northern California, specifically in Fort Bragg, just next to the Pacific Ocean coast and 2-3 hours north of San Francisco. The forest spans approximately 50,000 acres. What makes this place a treasure is that most of the forest is covered in old-growth Redwood trees. Jackson State Forest is by far California's largest state-owned forest.
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Routes and Trails You Can Travel
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Hiking among redwoods is a pretty unique experience. First of all, every once in a while you can pass a simply gigantic and awe-inspiring tree that causes you to stop, go giddy, and take pictures.
It is very good to go hiking at Jackson State Forest and other redwood forests during the summer as the tall trees will provide you with natural sun shade. You will not feel as tired, and will not get as sun burned.
Also, as you walk around the forest, notice the unique habitats under the redwoods. The trees are so big that they often create their own eco-system right under them.
Climate and Weather
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The gem of the forest are the tall Coastal Redwood Trees. There are three types of Redwoods in the world: Coastal Redwoods, Giant Sequoias, and a relatively recently discovered type of redwood tree found in China.
The Coastal Redwood is the tallest of all the redwood trees. They can grow well over 300 feet in height. If you took out one of the redwood trees and planted them somewhere else in the world, they wouldn't die, but they would simply not grow to their full potential. The reason these trees thrive so well in Northern California has to do with the ecology of the area, and the insatiable appetite of the trees for water.
Each redwood tree, depending on its size, may require over a thousand gallons of water each day. If it rains that day, each tree can obvious get plenty of water. But most days in Northern California, there is no rain. In fact, there is a dry season that goes on for about 5-6 months during the summer and parts of Fall and Spring.
The secret of how these trees get their water is from the coastal fog that comes in daily from the Pacific Ocean. Also, if you are in the forest, as you hike around, you may notice that there are many small streams scattered throughout the forest. The redwoods also get their water supply from these streams. These trees also have sprawling and shallow roots that can reach pretty far and get to the streams.
There is a warning sign on the horizon for these trees. As the ocean temperatures get warmer, the oceans produce less fog. With the global warming of the oceans, scientists are raising alarms that the reduced fog may damage the ecology of the redwoods.
The forest is easily accessible from Highway 1, and then Highway 20.