1 Crescent City Forest
Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park can certainly be described as Crescent City’s forest. When viewed in Google Earth the start of the park is very abrupt, with farm land, commercial land, and housing immediately to the west of the park’s border. As an example the Boy Scout Tree redwood is less than three miles from the Crescent City Walmart.
But don’t be fooled, there is a lot of remoteness for much of JSRSP. There is an especially big patch of redwoods south of Highway 199 and north of the Boy Scout Tree trail that is pretty much free of trails and roads. On a Saturday in August Mario and I did some exploration in this forest. Not to any known giant trees, but just to look around. This area has a wrinkled landscape and receives a lot of rain. Therefore there are many creeks, generally flowing either north toward Smith River or south toward Jordan Creek and the Pacific ocean. In one valley the water may flow north, then crossing to the next valley, at the same latitude, the water may flow south.
We took our time, looking over a small portion of the area, and found some really interesting “stuff”.
2 Big and Small Redwoods
We found this big whopper redwood with one of the nicest crowns you’ll ever want to see.
Then this is a classic nursery log, with a line of ten or so young redwoods growing out of the log. That’s Mario along the log.
Here’s a nice cluster of big redwoods, maybe they can be called the Crescent City Towers. Occupants are flying squirrels and marbled murrelets. Mario’s in lower right for scale.
3 The Elk Herd
Just above one creek sits this redwood grouping. We gave it the name Elk Herd as there are elk sign in this area, lots of hoof prints and nibbled off vegetation from earlier in the summer. It would be quite a picture to get a herd of elk surrounding this herd of redwood trees.
Mario has a good picture of this grouping on his website where you can discern the impressive size more clearly. But let me just say, at 4.5 feet above the ground, there is 35 feet of pure redwood diameter, no spacing. The big one in the middle is over 20 feet diameter.
4 Chill Down
That evening Mario organized a FB meetup at a brew pub in Crescent City. He got a good turnout, both people interested in redwood photography and redwood hiking. About 25 in all, everyone had a good time.