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Plan Your Redwoods Friday Visit

Enjoy your park visit!

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Admiral William Standley State Recreation Area
Andrew Molera State Park
Armstrong Redwoods State Natural Reserve

Roving Docents

  • Our docents will be stationed at key locations throughout the park, offering directions to visitors, information about redwood ecology and cultural history, and discuss the work of Stewards
Austin Creek State Recreation Area
Benbow State Recreation Area
Big Basin Redwoods State Park
Bothe-Napa Valley State Park
Butano State Park
Calaveras Big Trees State Park
Castle Rock State Park

Guided Hike – Saragota Gap

  • Ex Castle Rock Ranger and Portola and Castle Rock Foundation Board Member Miles Standish will lead this hike. First learn about Saratoga Gap (school, toll gate, the Saratoga Toll Road). Then the group will drive down to Oil Creek (the beginning of the Achistaca Trail) and hike down the Skyline-to-the-Sea Trail to Red Mountain and cross over Highway 9. Here Miles will talk about how the logging industry used the ridge road, the proposed Hoe subdivision, the old corral, and how it was used by a concessionaire from Big Basin. The hike will continue down the Bay Laurel Trail (not on any map) to the Saratoga Toll Road, to learn it’s history before returning to the cars. The whole trip will be less than three miles.
  • 9am at the Saratoga Gap parking lot
  • Bring: Water, snacks, boots or good shoes, layers of clothes.
Del Norte Coast Redwoods State Park
Fort Humboldt State Historic Park
Fort Ross State Historic Park
 
Fort Compound Interpretive Talk: Fort Ross & Redwoods!

  • 12pm In a half-hour interpretive presentation, learn about the many stories of Fort Ross, including the Kashia Pomo, Russian, Ranch and Park eras. Today’s Redwoods Friday special emphasis will be on the Rotchev House (the oldest standing redwood structure along our coast between Alaska and Monterey), California’s first prefab redwood structures that were shipped from Russian-era Fort Ross, and later Redwood exploitation and conservation in FRSHP.

 
Redwoods Friday Hike

  • 2pm Join us for a short half-hour interpretive redwood stroll in our Stanley Spyra Memorial Grove or longer two-mile loop hike onward, down Kolmer Gulch to the Sea Lion Rocks ocean bluff and back to the FRSHP visitor Center. Meet at FRSHP Visitor Center and carpool to trailhead at Stanley Spyra Memorial Grove. And before our hike, make sure to visit our Visitor Center, Museum and also the Fort Compound at FRSHP, where a free interpretive talk will be offered at 12 Noon. Also consider visiting the beautiful redwoods just six miles to the north, in Salt Point State Park!
  • RSVP or Hank Birnbaum, hankb@fortross.org, or (707) 847-3437

 
FRSHP Fort Compound and Visitor Center is open 10-4:30, Friday-Monday.

Garrapata State Park
Grizzly Creek Redwoods State Park
Harry A. Merlo State Recreation Area
Hendy Woods State Park
Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park
Humboldt Lagoons State Park
Humboldt Redwoods State Park
Jack London State Historic Park

After Thanksgiving Green Friday Activities

  • 10am 5-mile moderate guided hike to the ancient redwood (meet at upper ranch parking lot)
  • 11am and 1pm easy walking tour to the Wolf House (meet at the Museum lot)
  • 1pm easy walking tour to Beauty Ranch-Sustainable Ranching (meet at upper ranch parking lot)
  • RSVP
Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park
John B. Dewitt Redwoods State Natural Reserve
Jug Handle State Natural Reserve
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park
Kruse Rhododendron State Natural Reserve
Mailliard Redwoods State Natural Reserve
Mendocino Headlands State Park
Mendocino Woodlands State Park
Montgomery Woods State Natural Reserve
Mount Tamalpais State Park
Navarro River Redwoods State Park
Patrick’s Point State Park
Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park
Portola Redwoods State Park

Guided Hike

  • Join Portola and Castle Rock Foundation Board Member Eric Schmidt for an approximately 3-hour moderate hike on the Slate Creek trail. Depending on the group we’ll see how far we go. We will do a loop if time permits, or just out and back. Come enjoy the back-country redwoods of Portola!
  • Start: 8:45-9am at the Portola SP Visitors Center. End: 12pm
  • Bring: Water, snacks, boots or good shoes, layers of clothes.
Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park
Richardson Grove State Park
Russian Gulch State Park
Salt Point State Park
Samuel P. Taylor State Park
Smithe Redwoods State Natural Reserve
Sonoma Coast State Park
Standish-Hickey State Recreation Area
The Forest of Nisene Marks State Park
Van Damme State Park
Wilder Ranch State Park
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