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“Exceptional Learning Experience with Gorgeous Scenery!”
Review of Trees of Mystery

Trees of Mystery
Ranked #2 of 14 things to do in Klamath
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Owner description: A site along a family hiking trail in Redwood National Park that also offers a museum of Native American items.
Reviewed January 22, 2010

My wife and I decided on a whim to travel down to the Redwoods from Seattle this weekend, and we were not sure what kind of attractions awaited us. After cruising 101 on the california coast for a bit, we came across this amazing show of the Redwoods. We wanted something that we could learn a lot and see what we both have never scene before. This is a one stop shop for everything! The trail from the gift shop is about 20-40 minutes, depending on how much sight seeing you do on your way up to the gondola. The gondola ride, labeled the Sky Trail, was a great way to see the trees from the top and look out over the vast California wilderness. The customer service was beyond what I could have ever expected too! The gal at the front desk took us throught the ins and outs of the location and was at our beck and call if we looked like we didnt know what was going on. The entire staff was great and very welcoming! All in all, this was an awesome adventure for my wife and I! We would recommend this to anyone that is able to stop by!

3  Thank WildernessSeekers
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Reviewed October 13, 2009

We visited on 8/20/09. I thought this was a terrific roadside attraction and well worth a $14 admission. There are many magnificent trees, I especially was intrigued by the Family tree, a redwood that had several other trees actually growing from its substantial branches. There were signs at select trees explaining what made them unique and benches here and there for resting as you walked the trail. The gondola ride up the mountainside was smooth and quiet. There is a large viewing deck at the top, though the day we were there is was foggy. There is a trail to hike down which was beautiful, though it is pretty steep, but has rope railings along the steepest parts. One may also ride the gondola back down if preferring not to hike. There were also many fascinating wood carvings on the main trail as you approached the exit. The gift shop was huge. The tidiness and lack of litter throughout was also appreciated.

4  Thank WhereUBeen
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Reviewed August 17, 2009

Welcome to the Trees of Mystery. Oooooo. I swear they stole the name from me. I admit to walking around woods and spouting phrases like "Trees of Mystery," "Forest of Fate" and "Wood of Impending Doom."

The gondola/tram ride was worth the adult admission of $14.00. The Trees of Mystery also include the breathtaking Brotherhood Tree and some wood sculptures. Trees of Mystery is a great place for children. If you're not interested in paying to see a bunch of trees, go to the parking just to take a picture of Paul Bunyan and Babe.

2  Thank Brunswick1977
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Reviewed July 6, 2009

It's so great to see good-old "roadside attractions" still in operation, since so many old ones have closed and fallen into sorry states of disrepair. There's something about a small (usually family-owned) attraction or park that is charming and refreshing after so many huge, high-tech, corporate-owned theme parks. "Trees of Mystery" has been in existence continuously for about 60 or 70 years, owned by the same family most of that time. If you are driving on the 101 in the extreme northern part of California, by all means stop and check it out when you see the big Paul Bunyan and Babe the blue ox. If for no other reason that it's a refreshing walk through the woods. A trail about one mile long winds through a redwood forest, and the trees are impressive (the coast redwood, sequoia sempervirens, are the tallest living things on Earth, with many trees easily passing 300 feet in height). Most are 1000 or 2000 years old too. It's kind of humbling just being around them. Some of the trees are named, particularly the ones that have unusual shapes or growth patterns. There's really not that much "mystery" and it's not a "spooky" type attraction like the Oregon Vortex, The Thing, or other "Mystery Spot" type places. So there's nothing for the little kids to be scared of. Kids will actually love the trail, though they will probably just explore excitedly without bothering to read the signs along the way explaining why each named tree is named that way. Adults will get more value out of reading the signs. There is one group of trees that grew in a semi-circle shape, collectively called the Cathedral Tree, and you can arrange to have a wedding ceremony there. Besides the trail through the trees there is a newer feature called the Sky Trail, a gondola ride that takes you through the treetops to an observation point. It's kind of like a ski lift but the gondolas are completely enclosed and there is no chance of falling, so everyone can ride securely and without fear. The observation platform has a nice view but really the getting there in the gondolas is better than the view when you get there. You can see the ocean from the top though. They were very smart to add the gondola ride because it makes the place more exciting and you get a view of the forest from the tops of the trees rather than the bottom. There is a gift shop of course and another unexpected bonus, the "End of the Trail Museum" which is free (admission to the park is about $14 for adults and includes the gondola ride). The museum holds a very impressive collection of Native American artifacts and goods, from all over north America. Seriously, it is considered one of the world's major collections of native American items. Over 2,000 pieces are on display there, and they were all collected over many decades by the wife of the owner of the park. It's really pretty impressive, especially if you are interested in Native American stuff. All in all, it's a fun way to spend a few hours and take a break from the long drive. It's open all year long except Christmas day, and I think the kids' admission is only $7, well worth it considering that Disneyland, Legoland and Sea World are now charging more than $50 each even for kids. Plus you're supporting a small, family-owned business rather than some giant faceless corporation.

4  Thank sunrisesandiego
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Reviewed July 5, 2009

We spent several hours here and found the walk really lovely with some unusual redwood trees. The addition of the Sky Trail (tram) was a fun experience and worth the wait. They have a very nice gift shop and Indian Museum and we found the prices to be very reasonable. You cannot miss this place as right on the highway and a huge wooden statue of Paul Bunyon & Babe the OX mark the entrance and parking. The Indian Museum was very complete and interesting.

2  Thank Chuck W
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