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California

Hiking the Redwoods in Northern California

Program No. 21404RJ
Immerse yourself in the grandeur of Northern California as you hike beneath redwoods with local naturalists, learning about these centuries-old trees and their coastal ecosystems.
Length
6 days
Rating (5)
Activity Level
Starts at
1,849

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DATES & starting prices
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May 21 - May 26, 2023
Starting at
1,849
Jun 4 - Jun 9, 2023
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1,849
Jun 11 - Jun 16, 2023
Starting at
1,849
Jul 9 - Jul 14, 2023
Starting at
2,149
Jul 16 - Jul 21, 2023
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2,149
Sep 24 - Sep 29, 2023
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2,099
Oct 1 - Oct 6, 2023
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2,099
Oct 8 - Oct 13, 2023
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2,099
DATES & starting prices
PRICES
May 21 - May 26, 2023
Starting at
2,189
Jun 4 - Jun 9, 2023
Starting at
2,189
Jun 11 - Jun 16, 2023
Starting at
2,189
Jul 9 - Jul 14, 2023
Starting at
2,679
Jul 16 - Jul 21, 2023
Starting at
2,679
Sep 24 - Sep 29, 2023
Starting at
2,589
Oct 1 - Oct 6, 2023
Starting at
2,589
Oct 8 - Oct 13, 2023
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2,589

At a Glance

Explore the spectacular Redwood Coast of Northern California on hikes with naturalists and other experts along beautiful trails amid diverse environments all while learning about the natural and human history of this breathtaking region. Gaze up at giant cathedral trees, hear tales of timbering and marvel at the science behind the beauty of the Coastal Redwoods — the tallest trees in the world — and their limited range along the Northern California coast.
Activity Level
Outdoor: Spirited
Hike 3-5 miles a day on uneven terrain, maintained trails. Elevation gains of 300-440 feet.
Small Group
Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 13 to 24 participants.

Best of all, you’ll…

  • Hike the Avenue of the Giants to see much of the remaining ancient redwood forests.
  • Explore Old Town Eureka and see its murals.
  • Learn from a naturalist about the history of the Redwood National and State Park system, protecting half of all remaining old-growth coastal Redwood forest.
Featured Expert
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John Ford
Born and raised in the Pacific Northwest, John L. Ford has held many titles. He was part of a touring rock band, spent time as a photojournalist, and worked as a Federal Ranger at Yaquina Head Lighthouse and as a marine mammal biologist. He is also a first responder with the Oregon Marine Mammal Stranding Network and a member of the Northwest Aquatic and Marine Educators. John has been an instructor with Road Scholar for over 20 years.

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

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Born and raised in the Pacific Northwest, John L. Ford has held many titles. He was part of a touring rock band, spent time as a photojournalist, and worked as a Federal Ranger at Yaquina Head Lighthouse and as a marine mammal biologist. He is also a first responder with the Oregon Marine Mammal Stranding Network and a member of the Northwest Aquatic and Marine Educators. John has been an instructor with Road Scholar for over 20 years.
Visit the Road Scholar Bookshop
You can find many of the books we recommend at the Road Scholar store on bookshop.org, a website that supports local bookstores.
Wildflowers of the Pacific Northwest
by Mark Turner & Phyllis Gustafson
Best Short Hikes in Redwood National and State Parks
by Jerry and Gisela Rohde
A guide to short hikes and the history of the area. Longer hikes are described as possible add-ons.
The Wild Trees: A Story of Passion & Daring
by Richard Preston
Hidden away in foggy, uncharted rain forest valleys in Northern California are the largest and tallest organisms the world has ever sustained–the coast redwood trees, Sequoia sempervirens. Ninety-six percent of the ancient redwood forests have been destroyed by logging, but the untouched fragments that remain are among the great wonders of nature. The biggest redwoods have trunks up to thirty feet wide and can rise more than thirty-five stories above the ground, forming cathedral-like structures in the air. Until recently, redwoods were thought to be virtually impossible to ascend, and the canopy at the tops of these majestic trees was undiscovered. In The Wild Trees, Richard Preston unfolds the spellbinding story of Steve Sillett, Marie Antoine, and the tiny group of daring botanists and amateur naturalists that found a lost world above California, a world that is dangerous, hauntingly beautiful, and unexplored.
Coast Redwood: A Natural and Cultural History
by John Evarts and Marjorie Popper
Coast Redwood is the first contemporary illustrated book to focus exclusively on the natural and cultural history of the world's tallest tree.





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