Crescent City Overnight 6/24-25/19

Photos by Bob

From: Leslie Dawson
Thank you so much for organizing the AHG field trip to the coast. What a glorious two days. Great hikes, I’m so glad we got to go with you as I can't imagine any two more spectacular hikes along the coast. You guys rock!

From: Rich Stickle
          Hike Leader
As organizer and hike leader, John and I very much appreciate all the wonderful people in our group who can make the time to join us on our coastal adventures.

We had perfect hiking weather both days as 15 of us met at the Curly Redwood Lodge in Crescent City for our sojourn down to the Coastal Trail, Klamath Section.

We drove south on Highway 101 to the Lagoon Creek parking lot and our TH. After a mile on the trail we went down to Hidden Beach for the views and lunch. The tide was out so there was lots of room on the beach and temps were mild.

After lunch it was back up to the trail for an up and down hike along the coast with occasional views, sounds of Sea Lions barking, wildflowers galore including the spectacular Firecracker flower, and ferns, Red Alders and Sitka Cypress trees.

Half way down the trail we met up with newly certified Ranger Liz Landreth who helped to identify the flowers along the path. We ended the 4 mile stretch up at the Overlook parking lot looking down on the awesome view of the Klamath River squeezing into the Pacific through a sand bar that closes about 99% of the mouth of the river.

After our viewing break it was time to head back. The rabbits took off followed by a sauntering group of flower lovers. We all ended up back at the Lagoon Creek lot and were back at Crescent City by 4 pm.

Dinner at the Good Harvest was a raucous affair during happy hour featuring good seafood, good conversations and ample drinks all around! After the merriment, some of us went down to walk the piers and view the fishing fleet.

Next morning started with coffee and breakfast across from the Lodge at the harbor's seafood restaurant. Then after checking out we headed to the Boy Scout Tree trail in the Jedediah Smith State Park. The Redwoods were breathtaking ever step of the way on the 5.6 mile out and back. We spread out in front of the Boy Scout Tree to give some idea of it's mass in our group shot, and then ambled down to trails end at Fern Falls for more photo ops. For the most part we had the forest to ourselves heading out but passed many families arriving to enjoy the Redwoods on our way back to the cars.

From there we went our separate ways with some of us stopping at Taylor's Sausage for lunch in Cave Junction. 

It was truly a great time had by all.

RS

Ashland Hiking Home

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