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

Monday, July 11, 2016

Hiking Jedediah Redwood State Park Stout Grove (Pacific Coast Highway Roadtrip)

Located half an hour north of Mill Creek Campgrounds is Jedediah Redwood State Park. Of all the different trails and hikes available in the area, I chose to visit Stout Grove.

Address: 41°47'.1"N 124°05'.", 17 W 4th Ave
Site: http://www.redwoodhikes.com/JedSmith/StoutGrove.html

Located in Crescent City, Stout Grove is similar to Founder's Grove in that both are short loops that give you a very exact idea of what redwoods have to offer in terms of beauty and majesty.

There are two ways to enjoy Stout Grove: one way is to drive directly to the parking lot and walk a minute or two directly into the grove, another way is to park just a mile before that lot, across from the Bald Hills trail entrance and river walk trail. We chose the latter.

Once again, the hike isn't very difficult, mostly fat. The scenery is nice, there is a river to the right of you as you walk through the redwoods.

Stout Grove is just as breathtaking as Founder's Grove, if not better. The essence of what makes a redwood so majestic is here as well.

Take the time to really stroll around the half mile loop around the grove and take in the sights from all directions, there's so much to see.

Afterwards, return along the trail and make a pitstop at the Smith River. The river is not all that great but the views that the beachhead affords is a nice consolation.

Here's a picture of a frog we saw in the water near the rocks!

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