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Non Hikers

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Non Hikers

Planning a trip in July driving along the Oregon coast down into California. Need help with Redwood National Park. We'll be driving south from Gold Beach into the redwoods. Trying to figure how long to stay. We don't hike but do enjoy the outdoors. Would 1 day be enough to see everything?

Eureka, California
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1. Re: Non Hikers

Hi Ithouse

One day is not enough to see everything. You do not say where you will go after the redwoods. Back to Oregon? Do you plan to stay the night in California? Let us know a little more of your plans.

You say like the outdoors but do not like to hike. Does that mean you do not want to get of of your car or are you not into the 6 mile uphill both ways types of hikes? Most of the trails in the parks are not strenuous.

Have Fun


Arcata, California
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2. Re: Non Hikers

There's still a lot you can see even if you don't want to hike. There are great scenic drives you can take such as the Newton B. Drury Parkway, Cal Barrel Road and Bald Hills Road. Here's a link with some info on the scenic drives: www.redwoods.info/showrecord.asp… Results

If you do only have one day, here's what I would suggest you do. Go out to Fern Canyon, it's a very short walk to the canyon (1/8 mile) and the canyon is a very short walk as well.

See Big Tree, again a very very short non-strenuous walk.

Go to the Clam beach overlook.

And if you can do a 1/2 mile walk i suggest you walk the Lady Bird Johnson Grove trail.

I hope this helps, have a wonderful vacation

Oregon Coast
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for Crescent City, Oregon Coast, Oregon, Redwood National Park
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3. Re: Non Hikers

Two days would be better, as Redwood NP is strung out in a long narrow strip. There are a number of places to get out for easy, level walks without serious hiking :-)

You'll probably want to stop at the visitor's center in Orick, and also at the Little Red Schoolhouse to see the elk. They are also visible in several other places.

Here are some suggestions of things to do and see. Click on the blue links:




http://redwoods.info/showrecord.asp?id=476 (Fern Canyon)

http://redwoods.info/showrecord.asp?id=2464 (drive thru trees)

…suddenlink.net/popenoe/scenes/Trinidad.htm (Trinidad)


If you are continuing south of Eureka...

tripadvisor.com/…REVIEWS (Ferndale)


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4. Re: Non Hikers

Thank you! Thank you! That's what I needed to know. I look at things and say that should be an hour but then it turns out to be 2 hours. So I will make the Redwoods 2 days. I kind of know what we'd like to do. Have a husband with a bad knee. He can walk, just no heavy hiking. So the short easy hikes should be fine. Love all the info. Now I need to figure out were to stay. We're slowly making our way down to Sacramento some family there.

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