Taiwanese-American blogging about his travels outdoors and occasionally his thoughts on life.

Sunday, July 10, 2016

Hiking Founder's Grove, Humboldt Redwoods State Park, California (Pacific Coast Highway Roadtrip)

July 5th

Woke up late in the morning. The plan was to leave the Hidden Springs campgrounds around 7-8am but ended up leaving Humboldt Redwood State Park around 9-10am instead. For breakfast, we relied on my jetboil pot to cook scrambled eggs and sausages. Paired with the meal was some whole wheat bread and butter.

The first stop of the day was Founders Grove.

Location: On Dyerville Loop Rd. Off of the Avenue of the Giants.
Alternate resource: http://www.redwoodhikes.com/Humboldt/Founders.html

Founders Grove is a half mile, 20 minute walk around a looped path of redwoods, dedicated to the founders of the Save-the-Redwoods League; a group of men in 1917 who traveled to the area and were awed by the trees and dedicated themselves to preserving their existence. Since then, the League had invested over 57 million dollars to protect the 170,000 acres of redwoods in the 35 California state parks.

Aside from its historical relevance, the grove is an absolutely astonishing first impression of the redwoods. Lush in colors and immense in size, the redwoods tower over everything, such that they live in three climatic zones at once.

Although small in comparison to the other stops along the Avenue of Giants, I highly recommend dropping by Founders Grove, especially if time is of an essence.
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