Trip planning notes:
- It takes about 5 hours to get to the park.
- There are general campgrounds that need to be reserved. This will be the first night camp.
- Reserve it at http://www.reserveamerica.com.
- Due to budget reductions, Hidden Springs Campground will remain closed until July of 2011, Albee Creek and Cuneo Creek Campgrounds will remain closed until Memorial Day weekend of 2010.
- Burlington campground is right next to the Visitor center. Might be the good place to stay on Friday night.
- Visitor Center Hours: April-October 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
- There are wild campgrounds – so called trail camps. This will be the second night’s camp.
- Campers must register for trail camps at any open campground entrance station before departing. Open year round, the camps are on a first come, first served basis with a limit of eight people per site. Trail camp fees are $5.00 per person, per night. Backpackers should always take a Humboldt Redwoods State Park trail map with them.
- Some favorite locations include the Founders Grove Nature Trail, the 32 mile Avenue of the Giants Auto Tour, and the Humboldt Redwoods Visitor Center.
- They can be done on Sunday on the way back.
Humboldt Redwoods State Park trip:
Humboldt Redwoods State Park is one of the biggest state parks in the state. Established around 1922 it also has some of the original old growth redwoods generously saved for the future generations by the wise citizens of California (with some help). If you are not familiar with those giants you can read this great article about redwoods in National Geographic (http://ngm.nationalgeographic.com/2009/10/redwoods/bourne-text).
Nice writeup about it can be found at this page.
Since the park is relatively small this will be just a 2 day weekend trip.
- Leave Bay Area Friday around 4PM (preferably to get to the campground at reasonable time).
- Camp at Burlington campground (http://www.reserveamerica.com/camping/Humboldt_Redwoods_Sp/r/campsiteDetails.do?siteId=5163&contractCode=CA&parkId=120042).
- Saturday we break the camp, get permits, visit the visitors center, and head towards Grasshopper Trail Camp (http://www.humboldtredwoods.org/files/map-lores.jpg). Take lunch there and then head to wards Hudson Ridge trail camp.
- Sunday we go down to Albee Creek and follow the train back to Visitor center.
- Then go home.
- Camping permits in the trail camp is $5 per person.
- Driving will be shared between all people in the car per rate 0.33/mile.
- Burlington campground – I don’t know yet.
- The group will be limited to 8 people.
- It seems that the weather was rainy recently (even snow) so prepare for rather wet conditions (http://www.accuweather.com/us/ca/weott/95571/city-weather-forecast.asp).
- Bears seem to still survive in this park. So bear boxes will be needed.
- On the way back, time permitting, we can stop by Harbin hot springs (http://www.harbin.org/).
- If you have never backpacked, this may be a good easy trip to try this activity. But you do need to be in reasonable shape. Just let me know because you will need help with the gear.
- I’ll e-mail the gear list to people directly.
- The route may be altered depending on group’s conditions.