This was the fifth week of our RV trip to Alaska via the Pacific Coast Highway. This week took us from Westport, CA to Crescent City via a combination of US-1 and US-101. US-1 ends about 30 miles north of Westport and it was a welcome ending by time we got there. If there is anyone reading this blog who is contemplating taking a big rig up US-1 – DO NOT DO IT! Even if you have a medium sized rig it’s not advisable. Is it possible, yes. Is it advisable, no. The drive up US-1 is so windy and tight in places that it even made our dog sick, which never happens. If you want to experience the wonders of US-1 you are much better off parking your rig on US-101 and cutting over in your car.
This week’s trip was 202 miles, which puts our total for the trip at right around 950 miles.
Crescent City KOA
This week we stayed at the Crescent City KOA which was in a word, awesome. We ended up with one of the best spots in the entire park. It was extra wide since it was on the end and had a great view. On top of that, this park had well over 10 acres of land that backed right up into the redwood forests; it made for a nice walk each day. They also had a big open field for the dog to run around in, a dog park, a playground, etc. If you want to feel like you are in nature but not crowded, this campground is for you! Their staff was amazingly nice too, which didn’t hurt.
Tress Of Mystery
We passed the Tree of Mystery on the way to Crescent City and decided to double back later in the week to check it out. It was well worth the drive and the $12 entry fee. I didn’t really know what to expect when we got there, but it’s quite an interesting place. You start off in the parking lot with these huge sculptures of Paul Bunyan and Babe that are quite impressive. I sat in the picture below to give you some perspective of just how big these things were. Then, you take a .4 mile hike though the woods checking out some really interesting trees. One had fallen and had new trees growing out of it, one was growing like a lightening bolt, and one was two trees growing together. Pretty much every tree was over 300 feet tall. At the end of the hike you board the SkyTrail which whisks you to the top of the mountain on a 7 minute cable car ride. The view from the top was simply amazing.
There simply isn’t enough time in a week to explore all of the Redwood Forest, nor is there enough room in a single blog post to do any justice. The forest extends for 100’s of miles in either direction with trees over 300 feet that are common place. The forest also has several rivers and creeks that make for amazing views and hikes. The west side of the forest reaches right up to the Pacific Ocean until the salt water dramatically changes the landscape from 300 foot redwoods to other more salt tolerant species. The pictures below are from one of the hikes we did to the Boyscout Tree and Fern Falls. It was just under 6 miles round trip and was well worth the work.