Laura and I are heading back to Carpinteria from Oregon today. However, we’re trying to stretch out every few hours and, well, what better way to stretch out than to go on a short hike? 🙂
We drove through the Redwoods (NF) on the northern coast of California, located between Eureka and Crescent City. The whole area was beautiful, green, and alive. The marine layer covered Eureka and some of the redwood trees but the scenic drive through the actual forest was under beaming sunshine and blue skies.
We pulled over at the marked Visitor Center, bought some more magnets for family and friends, and followed the signs for the “Revelation Trail,” a handicapped accessible and multi sensory trail that was constructed during the expansion of the ADA’s laws in 1981. This explains the width and gentle grade of the trail, large enough for 1 or even 2 wheelchairs to go side by side. What we loved, however, was that it was gentle but not paved. As bipeds, Laura and I often converse about how paved trails take away from the wilderness feel often… but this one would work for anyone who would like to experience it. Plus its a shorty and gives a good view of the redwoods.
GPS log forthcoming
Distance: .6 miles or so
Getting there: Take the 101 to the signed scenic byway in the Redwoods National/State Forest. Visitor Center is off the byway, about a mile from the south entrance. The trail we took is just behind the actual visitor center and combines with other small trails.