Del Norte Redwoods State Park
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The park has a little bit of everything: camping, hiking, amazing wildlife, ocean views, giant California Redwood forests, and much more. It is operated by the state and is one of the gems of Northern California outdoors.
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.
There are two main things for hikers to remember:
1) The park is heavily forested so during the hot summer months the great big trees provide plenty of natural shade and protection from the treacherous California sun. If you have been hiking for miles, and are pretty tired, there is nothing better than the cover of the giant redwoods from the sun that would otherwise beat down on you.
2) The area has some serious hills and ridges. So if you are a serious hiker who enjoys lots of uphill walking (not sure why anyone would but I hear serious hikers do!) then this park might be good for you. Plus, the good thing about steep inclines is that many people tend to shy away from them, making the trails less crowded and more peaceful.
Climate and Weather
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The park, established in 1927 during the time of conservation when many forests that still had original old growth redwood forests were beginning to be protected.
The park has approximately 50% old growth coast redwood and eight miles of wild coastline.
The term old growth means that the tree is a few hundred years old and is part of the forests that were here for thousands of years. The term new-growth refers to the newly planted redwood trees that are planted by biologists and conversationalists in order to help restore the forests to a state that is closer to the way it was before the settlers came to the area and cut down large parts of the original Redwood forests.
Many of the other plans in the park are Tanoak, Madrone, red alder, big leaf maple, and California bay. Smaller plants include numerous species of shrubs, bushes and flowers.
There is camping in the park. Please check with the park officials the rules and hours of operation of the camping grounds. Additionally, be careful. There is plenty of large and potentially dangerous wildlife roaming the park. Do not leave food out and unattended.