Humbolt Redwoods State Park
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Humbodt Redwoods State Park is located in Northern California, along the Eel River. The gigantic Mendocino National Forest is located to the east of Humbolt Redwoods State Park, and the Pacific Ocean and its coastline are located to the west of the park.
As the park's name suggests, one of the greatest attractions of the park, and what makes it really special, are the giant Coastal Redwood trees that make up much of the forested areas of the park.
Compared to the enormous Mendocino National Forest just to its east, the Humbolt Redwoods Park may not seem that big, but in fact, it is quite a large park that spans over 53,000 acres, including 17,000 acres of old-growth coast redwoods.
The special thing about the redwoods here is that they are old-growth. These trees have not been touched for sometimes a thousand years and are the true giants that are amazing to see.
We currently do not have any record of trailheads in this park.
Routes and Trails You Can Travel
We currently do not have any record of good routes in this park.
Hiking in the forest is a treat. There are about 100 miles of trails so you can make single-day or multi-day trips and still will probably not cover all the trails at the park.
If you are hiking in hot and sunny weather, keep in mind that the big redwoods provide natural sun shade. The extra shade will keep you cool and fresh on your hikes and you won't be in as much danger of getting sun burned.
There are approximately 100 miles of hiking, biking, and horseback riding trails at the park. Some of the trails are hiking-only as hikers often do not like to share the trails with cyclists who tend to ride fast behind the hikers, taking away from the experience of solitude and peace in the forest.
Climate and Weather
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The redwood trees of many parks throughout Northern California have a very similar history. After the end of the gold rush, there began another rush that was sometimes called "Green Gold." The green gold rush was the systematic cutting down of local forests, largely of Coastal Redwoods, in order to sell the high-quality wood as building materials.
Many saw mills were established in areas that today are national and state parks. At the turn of the 20th century, conservationists and scientists began raising alarms about the rates at which the redwood forests were being cut down.
With the help of laws signed by Theodore Roosevelt, individuals and organizations were able to save the forests from being cut down.
In 1921 Save the Redwoods League dedicated the first few patches of the forest to what later grew to become the Humboldt Redwoods State Park. Many of the original, old-growth redwoods were saved and today the park contains a diverse coast redwood ecosystem, which includes Rockefeller Forest, the largest remaining old-growth forest in the world, and the entire Bull Creek watershed.
The Coastal Redwoods are the treats of the park when it comes to trees. These redwoods only grow along the Pacific Ocean coastline in Northern California. The reason they can only thrive here is due to the climate created by the Pacific Ocean.
These trees need over a thousand gallons of water every day. They get their water supply from a number of sources:
1) Coastal fog that comes in daily from the Pacific Ocean
2) Small Creeks throughout redwood forests
During the dry seasons, which in Northern California are about 5 months long, the trees depend on the fog to supply them with water.
Currently, scientists are raising an alarm about the heating ocean temperatures. With hotter ocean temperatures, there is less fog produced by the ocean, meaning that the redwood trees may not be able to get as much moisture from the fog as they do now.
The park has over 250 camp sites at different spots of the park. The lush and thick redwood forests are a pretty unique and amazing places to wake up in, and go on a hike from there.
For exact pricing and availability, and possible closures, please contact the park representatives as they have the most up to date information.