The Redwood Park complex is made up of four separate units, Redwood National Park itself, and four California state parks. Besides the stands of giant redwoods, the park contains 40 miles of coastline in northern California. We just happened to be very close to the Klamath section of the park, and access to the Coastal Trail.
We began our hike at the mouth of the Klamath overlook, where we had the pleasure of seeing gray whales. The trail has a half mile spur that descends to another overlook where we got an even better look at the whales and sea lions. They like to hang around the mouth of the river since the salmon fishing is good there.
We saw at least four different whales.
We climbed back to the main trail and hiked another couple miles through the trees where we had occasional ocean views. We could hear sea lions barking, and finally found a way to get close enough to see where they were.
Scenes from the trail.
Jim found this guy on the trail. Guess he wanted to go for a hike, too.
Yesterday we went back to the park but on the south side of the river, where we were able to access the beach. There were lots of sea lions playing in the water and fishing, many birds, and crashing waves. We’re leaving California today, but are very happy we decided to stay along the coast. It’s been much better than we ever expected.