Redwoods All To Yourself

In case you didn't hear, October was just declared California Redwoods Month, celebrating our iconic trees from the coast to the Sierra Nevada. Go on the hunt for redwood October! Here are 10 of the best places to escape the crowds and explore these behemoth beauties.

Week: 10.04.2018
Regions: Northern CA

Picnic and a Pedal

Bike Ride the Cross Marin Trail in West Marin North Bay Area

West Marin has all the right stuff for an afternoon getaway: bike paths, babbling brooks, canopy forests, and secluded picnic spots. Combine a picnic and a pedal at Samuel P. Taylor State Park by biking the easygoing Cross Marin Trail. Once a railroad used by the Northwestern Pac
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Secret Redwoods + Camping by the River

Camping at Grizzly Creek Redwoods State Park

Grizzly Creek Redwoods State Park is a little-known gem where skyscraping reds (the tallest living trees in the world!) fly under the radar. Grizzly’s ironically small size and location off the beaten path provide near total seclusion, not to mention relaxing camping!
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Top Notch Climbs

Top Climbs in Reno Tahoe

The view from the top is always better—especially when the views are of Lake Tahoe and the Sierra Nevada. Strap in: Reno Tahoe is a rock-climbing haven, where beginners can learn the ropes and experts can fine-tune their skills. There are three major rock-climbing facilities in R
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Leap Frog!

Hiking Armstrong Redwoods State Natural Reserve

So the whole family’s visiting and Muir Woods is full? Good thing it has a doppelganger! Armstrong Redwoods State Natural Reserve near Sonoma County’s Russian River is an 805-acre park that’s home to some seriously old (1,400 years!) and seriously tall (310 feet!) redwoods. Thank
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Hike & Camp Hendy

Hike Hendy Woods in Anderson Valley

Anderson Valley’s Hendy Woods State Park is an 845-acre beauty butting right up to the bank of the Navarro River. Its star attraction? Ancient redwood trees. And some stellar campsites and cabins.
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Big Tree Bonanza

Giant Redwood hikes at Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park in Humboldt County

Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park hike
Roosevelt elk, canyons draped in ferns and dripping with small waterfalls, oh … and the tallest trees on the entire planet! Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park has all the fixings for world-class hiking.
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Going to See Madonna

Hike the Redwoods in Mount Madonna Park

If you're going to see Madonna we're guaranteeing the venue is going to be amazing: high up in the Santa Cruz Mountains and dominated by redwood trees. Okay, we’re not talking "Like a Virgin" Madonna; we're talking like "Second-Growth Redwoods" Mount Madonna.
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Take a Napa

Camp or Stay in a Yurt in Napa Valley

With its beautifully manicured vines and stately tasting rooms fronted by giant water fountains, it's refreshing to know Napa has a wild side beyond bachelor parties in limos. You can get legitimately rugged here! Tucked in the northern part of Napa Valley, Bothe-Napa Valley Stat
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Giant Escape

Hiking to the General Sherman tree and beyond to Crescent Meadow in Sequoia National Park

Sequoia’s main tourist attraction is the General Sherman tree, literally the largest living thing on earth. Hordes of visitors make the easy 0.4-mile mini-pilgrimage to see the General, but a funny thing happens if you hike just a few minutes beyond: The people disappear! By cont
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BONUS: Redwoods on the House!

Hike the Redwoods in 2018 with Complimentary Parking Passes

In celebration of turning 100 this year, Save the Redwoods League is hosting a celebration week and also giving away complimentary day-use admission to more than 100 redwood parks for every second Saturday of 2018. The next one is Saturday, October 13. (Some parks have waived fee
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  2. Mill About Lakeside

    Bucks Lake Recreation Area near Quincy in Plumas County has plenty of beautiful hiking trails. For an easy hike with beautiful spots for sunning, swimming, and lounging on sand beaches or giant rock slabs, do the Mill Creek Trail.

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    Oh, Brother!

    Spending the night on a tiny island in the Bay? Intriguing. Spending the night in a lighthouse perched on that island? Sound the foghorn! East Brother Light Station Bed & Breakfast sits on a small patch of land in the strait that separates San Francisco and San Pablo Bays.


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    So you like going to all the hot spots when you visit places? Well, in Lassen Volcanic National Park there’s a place so hot it gets downright steamy. Bumpass Hell is the largest hydrothermal area in the park, with sputtering mud pots, sulfur vents, and boiling pools. It’s California’s Yellowstone.

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