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    Freahwater Lagoon - Humboldt Lagoons State Park

    by blueskyjohn Written Jul 27, 2015

    Located just south of the Thomas H. Kuchel visitor center in Redwoods National Park, is the northern most of three lagoons that make up Humboldt Lagoons State Park. Only a thin piece of land, consisting mostly of Route 101, separate the lagoon form the Pacific Ocean. The access is a bit tricky with only a dirt road that runs parallel with Route 101. This lagoon has a boat launch and is popular with anglers. It is a peaceful setting, especially early in the morning. However, being right on Route 101, there is plenty of car noise as the day goes on.

    The road is accessible by passenger cars, although it would be very muddy after substantial rain. The park is open sunrise to sunset all year long.

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    Lyons Ranch Bunkhouses

    by blueskyjohn Updated Jul 21, 2015

    If you continue walking past the Lyons Ranch Barn you will see to small shacks built closely together. These are the ranch bunkhouses and kitchen where the ranch hands would sleep. The buildings are in excellent shape although they do show their age. The park service has left these buildings unlocked for you to explore. There are artifacts in the building. Please leave everything as you find it. One shack has bed springs and a table while the other seemed to be more of a kitchen with a sink present.

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    Julius Lyons Cemetery

    by blueskyjohn Updated Jul 21, 2015

    Behind the Lyons Ranch Barn is a trail cut through the tall grass leading down hill. It is about a 5 minute walk when you get to the end and a small family cemetery with a single grave stone. The plot measures about 17 feet by 16 feet and is enclosed by a wire fence. On the grave stone is carved "Julius Lyons 1878-1895." Julius was the last born of John Lyons, who built the farm. I found that Julius was the second son John Lyons that died. I could not find any other information.

    Looking at the area and where this plot sits, it must have been a great view of the valley below over 100 years ago.

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    Lyons Ranch Barn

    by blueskyjohn Updated Jul 21, 2015

    At the end of the Lyons Ranch Trail/road, is a well preserved turn of the century (19th century) barn. Fortunately the park service keeps this barn unlocked so you are free to enter and explore a little. Everything here is an artifact so please leave it as you find it. Do not take anything. The barn has two levels with several entrances. I was surprised at how well the doors work and the main barn door slides open. This is a credit to the workmanship during that era.

    The Lyons family house once stood in this area but no longer exists. The barn was used for sheering sheep and repairs of the farm during everyday life. This is a great slice of history that should be missed.%s%

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    Lyons Ranch Trail

    by blueskyjohn Updated Jul 21, 2015

    This is really a dirt road that is gated off from Bald Hills Road. The trail head parking can fit about 6 cars but seldom do people venture out this way. The walk to the ranch is 2 miles in. It is an easy walk all the way across prairie land and few sections of wooded areas. About a half mile in the road splits. There is no trail marker at this point. The well used road on the left is the way to Lyons Ranch. The less worn road to the right climbs a hill and continues. I walked up this a little way but turned back. Would love to explore this another day.

    After the 2 miles you reach an well preserved intact barn and two small bunk houses. These must have been for the ranch hands. Lyons Ranch was known for raising sheep, not cattle.

    I spent about 45 minutes here exploring the barn and bunk houses. I had the place all to myself! It was a great experience. I felt I was back in the time of when this ranch was active.

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    Bald Hills Road

    by blueskyjohn Updated Jul 21, 2015

    Redwood National Park is known for their huge redwood trees, among the oldest living things on the planet. But did you know Redwood National Park has an abundance of high prairie land? I didn't! I am happy I took the time to explore this aspect of Redwoods and there is no better way than to drive down Bald Hills Road. The road is only a few miles past Kuchel Visitor Center and the town of Orick. The road starts out paved and climbs up from the coast. You will pass the parking area for Lady Bird Johnson Grove as the road winds through the mountains.

    The trees give way to prairie as the road begins to open up and eventually turns to a well maintained dirt road. It winds along a ridge with great open views. It is worth just the drive but several trails can be accessed from this section such as the Dolason Prairie Trail and the Lyons Ranch Trail.

    Bald Hills Road is passable by all types of vehicles.

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    Lady Bird Johnson Grove

    by blueskyjohn Updated Jul 21, 2015

    This is an easy walk through old growth redwoods. The parking can overflow. The best time to visit is in the early morning or later in the evening/late afternoon. From the parking area there is a bridge that takes you over into the forest. The path is well maintained and easy to follow. The total loop in about 1.5 miles. You reach the loop after about a few minute walk past the bridge.

    It is called the Lady Bird Johnson Grove because on November 25, 1968, the First Lady visited the site to help dedicate the area becoming a national park. She returned again on August 27th, 1969 to be honored by President Richard Nixon in naming this grove after her.

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    Redwood Creek Overlook

    by blueskyjohn Updated Jul 21, 2015

    This overlook is along Bald Hills Road. I came across it en-route to the Emerald Ridge Trail Head. It is just off the road and offers views of the Redwood Creek Valley. Although it is called Redwood Creek Overlook, you can only catch a glimpse of Redwood Creek. There are several interpretive signs with educational information.

    It is a nice view but not worth the drive solely for this site.

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    Elk Meadow

    by blueskyjohn Updated Jul 21, 2015

    Off Route 101 in Orick, CA is Elk Meadow Day Use Area. The meadow is right off the access road and route 101. When I finished my hike to Trillium Falls late afternoon, Elk Meadow lived up to it's name. A small herd of Roosevelt Elk were grazing in the Meadow. The best time to see them is typically just before dusk and sometimes early morning.

    As the sign states, do not try and approach them on foot! These are wild animals and while they may look cute, a rutting buck or mother protecting her young will surely ruin your day.

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    Thomas H. Kuchel Visitor Center

    by blueskyjohn Updated Jul 21, 2015

    This is the first visitor center you will reach if traveling north on Route 101 into Redwood National Park. Kuchel Visitor Center is the only center that sits within Redwood National Park while the others are in state parks within Redwood National Park. Kuchel is also right on the ocean.

    The center has an information desk staffed by park rangers, exhibits, a bookstore and restrooms. The rangers are very helpful with answering questions and making suggestions on what to see in the amount of time you have. You can also pickup a back country pass here. This is needed for access to overnight backcountry camping sites and some day hikes.

    The center is open 7 days a week from 9am to 5pm and in winter the hours are 9am to 4pm.

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    Prairie Creek Revelation Trail

    by Jim_Eliason Written Sep 16, 2013

    This short trail behind the Prairie Creek visitor's center but provides a good sample of the terrains and redwoods of the Prairie Creek area. Right next to this is Elk Prairie, often frequented by the park's Elk herd.

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    Simpson Reed Grove

    by Jim_Eliason Written Sep 16, 2013

    Impressive but not oft visited grove in the Hiochi area of the park. The trail is off a side road on Hwy 199 that is not well marked. Numerous trails split off this parking area but the Simpson grove is by far the best.

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    Shrinking

    by Worldtraveler Written Aug 1, 2011

    If your ego is getting too big, there's no better place to go than the Stout Grove, Redwood National Forest in California. It gives you some perspective of lifespam and the beauty of mother nature. be prepared to see the oldest living things on Earth... yes, older than your grandma, older than the pyramids.

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    See the DeMartin House

    by Basaic Written Feb 25, 2010

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    Across the beach from the overlook you will see the DeMartin House. This was a thriving ranch and dairy farm owned by Louis and Agnes DeMartin. Mrs. DeMartin was famous for her hospitality and her skills in the kitchen including baking great fresh bread. Over the years, numerous traders and others trekking along the coastal trails took advantage of the DeMartin’s hospitality. They were instrumental in the development and improvement of routes between Eureka and Crescent City, culminating in US Highway 101. In keeping with the tradition of hospitality the DeMartins were famous for, their house is now an American Youth Hostel, still providing lodging and rest to weary travelers from around the world.

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    Lost Man Creek

    by Basaic Updated Feb 25, 2010

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    Not far north of Lady Bird Johnson Grove is Lost man Creek. The area along Lost Man Creek offers another slight variation on the environment of the redwood forest. The constant availability of water enables other types of trees and plants to mingle with the redwood giants.

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