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Del Norte Redwoods State Park - California

Forest & Fog


Located ten miles north of the edge of Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park, Highway 101 crosses into Del Norte County and moves down into the Klamath River Valley. This park is one of the state parks located within the boundaries of Redwood National Park.

Del Norte gives you a change in the air (fog) and in the landscape (dense forest) as you travel north. By this time it is certain that we have left the semi-arid California scene and have come into the Pacific Northwest.

The park extends north from Wilson Creek to just outside Crescent City. Highway 101 runs through the park, providing access to several notable stretches of scenery. A great view of the Pacific Ocean, with Crescent City in the distance, is available at a vista point, located beside Highway 101, ten miles from Wilson Creek, near the northern edge of the park.

Del Norte Redwoods Trails

This is the least-developed park in the Redwood National Park system, but park trails are accessible from the highway. Damnation Creek Trail, for hardy hikers, climbs from the sea through a forest. It's 2.5 miles long but takes about three hours for the round trip. There's a parking area 3.5 miles from the southern park boundary. The Alder Basin Trail is easier: a 45-minute round trip.

1.5 miles from the southern boundary is an unidentified gravel road that leads to the DeMartin Section of the Coastal Trail. At 2.9 miles, the highway leads to another gravel road that used to be part of the original highway. This is a segment of the Last Chance Section of the Coastal Trail.

Picnic areas are found along the highway -- at Wilson Creek, and at the northern boundary of the park near Crescent Beach.

Camping

Mill Creek Campground, with 145 sites, is in the center of the park. two miles off the highway. This is a fine place from which to take hikes, and several are available from the campground.The campground is in the northern section of the park, east of Highway 101.

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