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An unsurpassed collection of old growth coastal redwood trees exists in the farthest northwestern tip of California. So far that tourists rarely make it up here, allowing for an almost other-worldly charm in the most pristine natural setting, quite possibly in the world. Redwood trees alone are a remarkable sight. Stretching taller than buildings, these giants have existed since the dinosaurs and only thrive in this small region on the planet. Throw in rugged beaches with tidepools and sea mammals and you get a sense of this natural wonderland. The dramatic Damnation Trail slides you deep into the forest, offering inspiring glimpses of ...

An unsurpassed collection of old growth coastal redwood trees exists in the farthest northwestern tip of California. So far that tourists rarely make it up here, allowing for an almost other-worldly charm in the most pristine natural setting, quite possibly in the world. Redwood trees alone are a remarkable sight. Stretching taller than buildings, these giants have existed since the dinosaurs and only thrive in this small region on the planet. Throw in rugged beaches with tidepools and sea mammals and you get a sense of this natural wonderland. The dramatic Damnation Trail slides you deep into the forest, offering inspiring glimpses of birds, fog, and the occasional black bear. Campers and hikers find themselves often alone to explore the miles of redwoods, as well as tanoak, madrone, red alder, big leaf maple, and California bay. This park was recently saved from closure, but still teeters on limited services. That being said, you don't need much to immerse yourself in this forest. Regardless of the season, temperatures need to be chilly for redwoods to thrive, so dress warmly.

Michele Bigley
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Michele Bigley is the author of Northern California: An Explorer's Guide and Great Destinations Kauai from Countryman Press.

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