Hiking the Redwoods in Northern California

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.
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Program No. 21404RSBLOG
6 days
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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 learn about the current fishing industry. 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 10 to 24 participants.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Spend a full day exploring the Avenue of the Giants on a hike with experienced instructors to see much of the remaining ancient redwood forests.
  • Explore the stories of Old Town Eureka by visiting local businesses and 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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Collin Ficcadenti
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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.
Sibley Field Guide to Birds of Western North America
by David Allen Sibley
When it comes to the many birds that frequent the Oregon Coast, no guidebook is more complete than Sibley's little handbook. With wonderful illustrations and plenty of information, this is a birdwatching essential on the coast.
Wildflowers of the Pacific Northwest
by Mark Turner & Phyllis Gustafson
ISBN-13: 978-0-88192-745-0
Coast Redwood: A Natural and Cultural History.
by John Evarts and Marjorie Popper, editors.
The Wild Trees: A Story of Passion and Daring
by Richard Preston
Plants of the Pacific Northwest Coast
by Jim Pojar & Andy MacKinnon
This is the resource for Northwest Coast flora. If you are interested in the trees, wildflowers, and other plants of the Oregon Coast, this is the only book that has them all.
Best Short Hikes in Redwood National and State Parks. ISBN: 0-89886-716-9.
by Jerry and Gisela Rohde
A guide to short hikes and the history of the area. Longer hikes are described as possible add-ons.

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