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California: Humboldt Redwoods State Park
Posted on Monday, October 17 @ 19:53:12 CDT by iljiana

Horse Camping & Trails P.O. Box 100, Weott CA 95571
(707) 946-2409
Located 45 miles south of Eureka and 20 miles
north of Garberville on Highway 101. A majority
of the park is accessed along Avenue of the Giants.

Located in southern Humboldt County. From the north, drive 45 miles south of Eureka and take any exit onto the Avenue of the Giants. (Exits are: Pepperwood, Redcrest/Holmes, Redcrest, South Fork, Weott, Myers Flat, Miranda, Phillipsville.) From the south, drive 20 miles north and take any exit onto the Avenue of the Giants.
Open all year. Day use-sunrise to sunset.
Inland/coastal/temperate. Summer 80-90 degrees. Winter 40-50 degrees. Dress for rain from November to May. May receive more than 65 inches of rain annually.
100+ miles of hiking, horse, nature and bicycle trails. Visitor center with exhibits and bookstore, auto tour, picnic areas, Avenue of the Giants, fishing, canoeing and swimming in the Eel River. Developed, environmental, and primitive campgrounds, group camp, group horse camp, hike and bike camp. Developed campgrounds have hot showers (coin-operated) and fully accessible restrooms.
Recommended for family, environmental, group horse camp, and group car camps during summer season. Not available during rest of year. Trail, and Hike and Bike camps are first come-first serve all year.
Overview of the park

The Sinkyone Indians, who lived in this region for thousands of years, had relatively little impact on the redwood forest. They were hunters and gatherers for whom salmon and tanoak acorns were staples. Redwood planks were used for housing. Redwood root fibers were used for basket making. Redwood logs were used to make canoes. As elsewhere in California, the Gold Rush changed their way of life forever.

Beginning in 1850, many non-native people began to pass through and settle in the area. They established homesteads, built railroads, and developed large-scale logging operations to harvest the trees.

In 1917, the organizers of the Save-the-Redwoods League visited the area and saw that the magnificent redwood forests of this area would be lost within a few years unless something was done to save them. Their concern and foresight led to the creation of the League in 1918. Through their efforts, the first acres were purchased, legislation was established that led to the development of a statewide system of parks, and the first state park bond act provided $6 million in matching funds for the acquisition of additional redwood forest lands.

Today, Humboldt Redwoods State Park includes more than 52,000 acres offering magnificent groves of old growth coast redwoods. The park offers: more than 100 miles of hiking trails; fishing canoeing and swimming in the Eel River; family, group, horse, bicycle and backpack camps; a visitor center with exhibits and bookstore; scenic drives; and seasonal interpretive programs such as campfires, nature walks, and Junior Ranger programs.

There are three campgrounds offering 250 campsites that can accommodate tents and up to 24 foot trailers and 33 foot motor homes. Burlington Campground is open year-round and is also reservable year-round. Albee Creek and Hidden Springs Campgrounds are open mid-May through mid-September. There are no hookups in any of the campgrounds. Reservations can be made by calling Reserve America at (800) 444-7275.
Horse Trail Mileages:

Baxter Trail (from Mattole Road)2.4 miles
Bull Creek Trail Camp to Perimeter Multi-Use Trail2.3 miles
Fox Camp Multi-Use Trail (top of Pole Line to Mattole Road)6.7 miles
Grasshopper Multi-Use Trail to Grasshopper Trail Camp6.6 miles
Grasshopper Multi-Use Trail to Fire Lookout6.7 miles
Grasshopper Peak to Mattole Road11.9 miles
Homestead Trail3.5 miles
Indian Orchard Trail3.1 miles
Kemp Multi-Use Trail to Bull Creek Trail Camp3.8 miles
Look Prairie Multi-Use Trail3.5 miles
On Peavine Ridge Multi-Use Trail: Pole Line to Thornton4.3 miles
On Peavine Ridge Multi-Use Trail: Thornton to Look Prairie3.7 miles
Pole Line Road2.3 miles
South Prairie Trail3.2 miles
Squaw Creek Ridge Multi-Use Trail7.6 miles
Tan Bark Multi-Use Trail3.04 miles
Thornton Trail5.2 miles

GPS Points for Selected Park Locations

Location Name
(Some to be added at a future date)

Coordinates (Using datum WGS 84)
Lat/Lon hddd˚ mm' ss.s"

Albee Creek Campground (entrance)N40˚ 21' 09.1" W124˚ 00' 26.8"
Avenue of the Giants (north entrance)
Avenue of the Giants (south entrance)
Baxter Environmental Camp (entrance gate)
Burlington Campground (entrance)
Bull Creek Trail Camp (Lower Gould Barn)N40˚ 17' 18.8" W124˚ 00' 36.2"
Cuneo Creek Horse Campground (entrance)
Drury-Chaney Trail (trailhead)
Dry Creek Horse Trail (trailhead)
Dyerville Giant
Flatiron Tree
Founders' Grove
N40˚ 21' 10.7" W123˚ 55' 26.3"

Founders' Tree
Giant Tree
Grasshopper Fire Road (entrance gate) Note: Not a parking areaN40˚ 20' 57.1" W124˚ 00' 29.4"
Grasshopper Peak Fire LookoutN40˚ 18' 23.5" W123˚ 58' 40.1"
Grasshopper Trail Camp
Grasshopper Trail intersection with River Trail
Grieg-French-Bell Loop Trail (trailhead)
Hamilton Barn Environmental Camp (entrance gate)
Hanson Ridge Trail Camp (trail intersection with Hanson Ridge M.U.T.)*N40˚ 18' 46.8" W124˚ 00' 49.9"
Hanson Ridge M.U.T. intersection with Squaw Creek M.U.T.*N40˚ 18' 26.1" W124˚ 00' 23.7"
Hidden Springs Campground (entrance)
Intersection of Baxter Trail with Squaw Creek Ridge M.U.T.*N40˚ 20' 25.8" W124˚ 00' 48.3"
Johnson Prairie Trail
Johnson Trail Camp
Kemp Road intersection with Mattole RoadN40˚ 17' 09.3" W124˚ 03' 14.2"
Leatherwood Bar River Access
Lower Bull Creek Flats Loop Trail (trailhead)N40˚ 20' 30.7" W123˚ 56' 28.3"
Mattole Road turnoff from Avenue of the GiantsN40˚ 21' 18.8" W123˚ 55' 28.1"
Newton Road (Weott intersection with Avenue of the Giants)
Park Headquarters (entrance)N40˚ 18' 28.0" W123˚ 54' 25.9"
South Prairie Trail entrance from Grieg M.U.T. (eastern entrance)N40˚ 16' 40.1" W123˚ 58' 27.0"
Tall Tree
Visitor Center (entrance)
Whiskey Flat Trail CampN40˚ 19' 03.2" W124˚ 00' 44.7"
*M.U.T. - Multi-Use Trail (AKA fire road)
Note: This is not a complete list of all park features. More coordinates will be added in the future

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