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Hiouchi & Gasquet - California

Two Hamlets in the Redwoods

For anglers, Highway 199, which heads east through the Six Rivers National Forest in the northwestern corner of the state, is a route to be seriously considered. The road follows the path of the Smith River toward the Pacific. It is the direct way from the Pacific Coast to reach Grants Pass, Oregon and Interstate 5. Along the way there are outstanding fishing opportunities and much fine scenery.

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There are two tiny hamlets in the valley that offer lodging and lots of information on local fishing, in addition to licensed guides of which there are at least a score. The communities also offer a base for exploring the trees and trails of the northernmost area of Redwood National Park.

Hiouchi is just outside the boundary of Jedediah Smith Redwood State Park and is a quiet and scenic place to stay while visiting the park. The park has its own campground -- with 108 campsites.

RV owners can hook up to services at the Hiouchi RV Resort (1-800-722-9468-toll free or 707-458-3321). This relatively modern RV park is five minutes' drive from both the Smith River and the state redwood park. The resort has 120 RV spaces with daily and monthly rates, hookups, showers and laundry. A store is next door, and the nearest golf course is four miles away.

Six Rivers National Forest covers a large section of the Siskiyou mountain range -- from a few miles inland of the Pacific to the Rogue River National Forest to the east. The town of Gasquet is located in the National Forest and is a good staging place for trips into the forest, which has numerous wilderness campsites and river access points. There is a ranger station in Gasquet that offers trail maps and campsite information.

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Hiouchi and Gasket, California

Gasquet Hotels

Gasquet was a thriving resort town in the 19th century. Eighteen miles from the coast, it has sunnier, warmer days than the coastal communities, and people from central California head here to relax in the fine weather and to fish. There are remnants of old mining operations in the area. Del Norte County has a history of futile mining attempts, among them searches for gold, copper and silver. In late July, the Gasquet Raft Races take place over a two-mile course on the Smith River.

Patrick Creek Lodge and Historical Inn
13950 Highway 199, Gasquet CA, 95543
(707) 457-3323
The lodge is a 30-minute drive from Crescent City via Hwy. 199. It contains comfortable rooms, and the dining room is open all day for day visitors as well as for lodgers. The staff excels at helping to plan exciting driving and hiking excursions into the forest.

Hiouchi Motel
(707) 458-3041
Another low-priced place to stay, the motel has standard rooms and a cafe.

Many more hotels and motels are available in nearby Crescent City (actually both of these villages are are in the rural part of Crescent City).

There are three basic National Forest campgrounds east of Gasquet: Panther Flat, Grassy Flat and Patrick Creek, all within three miles of each other.

Camping

RV owners can hook up to services at the Hiouchi RV Resort (1-800-722-9468-toll free or 707-458-3321). This relatively modern RV park is five minutes' drive from both the Smith River and the state redwood park. The resort has 120 RV spaces with daily and monthly rates, hookups, showers and laundry. A store is next door, and the nearest golf course is four miles away.

Jedediah Smith Redwood State Park has 89 campsites, with sites for RVs (no hookups) and tent campers. The park has walk-in and bike tenter sites. These cannot be reserved.

For information on Redwood National Park
and the three state parks inside the national park, go to:

Redwood National Park
Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park
Del Norte Redwoods State Park
Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park

 

 

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