The Redwoods – Mighty, Majestic Trees

Sequoia sempervirens, also known as costal redwood and California redwood, are the tallest and largest trees on the planet. They once covered over 2 million acres in Northern California. Sadly, due to over-logging in the mid 1800s to early 1900s, they now cover only 131,983 acres. In 1918, the Save the Redwoods League was formed in order to preserve these beautiful giants.

I first visited Redwood National and State Parks as a child, and was awed by the trees. I visited again a few years ago, and found that childish amazement returning as I wandered down a path surrounded by these massive trees.

My brother, Kirk, and I, along with Babe in the late 1960s.

Located in Humboldt and Del Norte counties in Northern California, these parks draw thousands of visitors each year. The parks offer a variety of activities including hiking, backcountry camping, scenic drives and kayaking. If you have read any of my blog posts, you know that my husband and I love hiking, and that is what drew us to the park, along with the beauty of area.

There are many hikes to enjoy including Lady Bird Johnson Grove Trail, an easy, one mile, level loop through old growth forest.

There are many other hikes in the parks, and trees that beckon to be climbed.

I call this one “old man and the tree.” 🙂

We stayed at the Bishop Pine Lodge and Cabins not far from Trinidad. After a day of hiking, we enjoyed a delicious meal at the Larrupin Cafe.

Trinidad is costal community with much to offer.

The Save the Redwoods League is still active today, over 100 years later! Hopefully, their work will continue to protect these grand lords and ladies of the forest, for many years to come.

Please leave a comment with your thoughts and favorite activities in the Redwoods.