Shady Dell

Shady Dell's stunning candelabra trees. Photo by Paolo Vescia

Save the Redwoods League and Mendocino Land Trust Reopen the Peter Douglas Trail to the Shady Dell Candelabra Redwood Trees

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Save the Redwoods League and Mendocino Land Trust today announced the reopening of the Peter Douglas Trail through the Shady Dell candelabra redwood trees in Mendocino County. This reopening follows more than a year of restoration and repair efforts to Usal Road and the Peter Douglas Trail that were damaged in the 2019 Usal Fire.

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A stand of trees, mostly Douglas fir, burned by the Usal Fire this week on Shady Dell. Photo by Richard Campbell

Good News/Bad News Following Fire at Shady Dell

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If you’ve been following our social media over the last week or so, you’ve heard about the Usal Fire, which started July 27 and burned about 180 acres. About 150 acres of the fire took place on our Shady Dell property. The fire is now almost completely contained.

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Hit the Trail: National Trails Day

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Some of my most memorable moments in life began with the decision to venture down a dirt path. There is nothing like setting out into nature with the pure intention of discovery — each bend provides anticipation, each hill you climb brings accomplishment, the sights spur inspiration, and every step brings you closer to yourself.

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Photo by Paolo Vescia

New Lost Coast Trail Extension Now Open

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The Lost Coast lends itself to adventure like nowhere else in California. As you explore this stunningly beautiful, remote expanse of coastal bluffs and forests, a true sense of discovery takes hold – it feels wonderfully wild and unchanged. With 100 miles of almost completely roadless beauty, this is the longest stretch of undeveloped coastline left in California. Small wonder that the spectacular trail that winds along the Lost Coast is a top-tier, bucket-list adventure for all who love to get into the wild. And now that trail is even better!

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The Enchanted Forest is part of the Shady Dell property. Photo by Paolo Vescia

Shady Dell

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For more than 100 years, this forest was a private, hidden treasure. Your generous gifts enabled Save the Redwoods League to buy the 957-acre Shady Dell and plan its restoration. Now we’re working to open its wonders to you.

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Usal coast. Kenneth and Gabrielle Adelman

New 2.3 Mile Addition to #LostCoast Trail Offers First Public Access in 100 Years

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The spectacular #LostCoast hiking trail, the longest roadless stretch of land in 48 contiguous states, will grow by 2.3 miles to 60 miles at its southern end in Mendocino County when new the Peter Douglas trail opens. Douglas was the former Executive Director of the California Coastal Commission for 26 years and co-authored the Coastal Act. This year is the 40th anniversary of the California Coastal Act of 1976.

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Shady Dell, Save the Redwoods League

Shady Dell (Lost Coast Trail)

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Remote forest at southern border of Sinkyone Wilderness State Park. Ancient candelabra-shaped redwoods. Access limited to trail.

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Building a Trail in Paradise

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You’re closer to discovering our remote Shady Dell forest, home of the candelabra-shaped redwoods. Construction of the 2.3-mile trail will begin on June 15, 2015! The trail will feature about 50 feet of boardwalk, 231 steps, 30 feet of bridge, six interpretive signs, benches and a parking area. Construction is tentatively scheduled for completion by summer 2016. Want to help build the trail? Check out the opportunity at Coastwalk California. Meanwhile, you can help restore and protect this magical forest. Please donate today.

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Shady Dell’s Smallest Wonder

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The Lost Coast is a destination for intrepid hikers who enjoy the rough and uninterrupted coastline of Mendocino County. If you’re one of them, I recommend you take some time looking underfoot next time you explore the wilderness to see Continued

The League’s Shady Dell Work is Honored

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Save the Redwoods League’s work in preserving the Shady Dell tract on the southern end of the Lost Coast and adjacent to the Usal Redwood Forest, home of the famous candelabra trees, recently earned a special honor. The League was Continued

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Building upon a Legacy of Success

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“I appeal to you to save these mighty trees, these wonderful monuments of beauty.” —Theodore Roosevelt, 26th President of the United States of America   As staff at Save the Redwoods League, it is both humbling and inspiring to have Continued

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