Crescent City Overnight 10/29-30/18

Photos by Bob

We headed out at different times and met at the Curly Redwood Inn in Crescent City. The sunny skies predicted at noon did not materialize and our hike down to the mouth of the Klamath was wet indeed, especially the lunch on Hidden Beach. Nonetheless the ocean views were awesome. 

Before arriving at the viewpoint parking lot, after 4 miles of up and down, a miracle occurred and the sun took over. Most of the hikers were very well insulated from the rain but it was fairly warm so we got wet from the inside. The return trip in the sun offered excellent views. By the time we passed Hidden Beach, there was no beach because of high tide. 

The Good Harvest set up a table for 10 and we had an excellent dinner. When they pour you a glass of wine they are not stingy. Barry Harris remarked  that he likes to swirl his wine before drinking but there just was no place remaining for a swirl. A hot game of trivial pursuit followed dinner and I was disappointed that no one knew that George Washington's false teeth were made by Paul Revere. What did they learn in their history classes?

After a generous breakfast we found the road from Crescent City to the Boy Scout Trail and Stout Grove. The weather was perfect. On the Boy Scout Trail you are surrounded by gigantic trees as soon as you leave the trailhead. That continues for 2.8 miles where you come to a small sign telling you to look right. About 50 feet to the right and just above you is a humungous tree, the Boy Scout Tree. After climbing around it we linked hands around the diameter for a group pic. Most of the hikers went a bit further to the Fern Water Fall for extra credit. 

After completing the 5.6 miles return, most of us headed through Stout Grove without stopping, then to Taylors' in Cave Junction for lunch and purchase of goodies. 

As usual, the social side alone made the trip worthwhile. The laughter at dinner never stopped. 

Ashland Hiking Home

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