Redwoods All To Yourself

In case you didn’t hear, October was just declared California Redwoods Month, celebrating our iconic trees from the coast to the Sierra Nevada. Go on the hunt for redwood October! Here are 10 of the best places to escape the crowds and explore these behemoth beauties.

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1) Picnic and a Pedal

West Marin has all the right stuff for an autumn afternoon getaway: bike paths, babbling brooks, canopy forests, and secluded picnic spots. Combine a picnic and a pedal at Samuel P. Taylor State Park, where the leaves are churning out…

2) Secret Redwoods (+ Swimhole!)

It’s rare to have one of Northern California’s biggest attractions all to yourself. Unless you’re in on a secret. Grizzly Creek Redwoods State Park is a little-known gem where skyscraping reds (the tallest living trees in the world!) fly under…

3) Top Notch Climbs

The view from the top is always better—especially when the views are of Lake Tahoe and the Sierra Nevada.

Reno Tahoe's Most Scenic Climbing

4) Leap Frog!

So the whole family’s visiting and Muir Woods is full? Good thing it has a doppelganger! Armstrong Redwoods State Natural Reserve near Sonoma County’s Russian River is an 805-acre park that’s home to some seriously old (1,400 years!) and seriously…

5) Hike Hendy

We're lucky to have some remarkable redwood parks in the Bay Area: Muir Woods, Big Basin, Redwood Regional Park. The only challenge? They're popular! Welcome to Hendy Woods State Park. Hendy isn't hidden, but it's rarely crowded, and so quiet…

6) Big Tree Bonanza

Roosevelt elk, canyons draped in ferns and dripping with small waterfalls, oh … and the tallest trees on the entire planet! Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park (located within Redwoods National Park) has all the fixings for world-class hiking. For a truly remarkable…

7) Go See Madonna This Weekend!

Surprise your friends by taking them to see Madonna! And the venue … it's going to be amazing: high up in the Santa Cruz Mountains and dominated by redwood trees. Okay, we’re not talking "Like a Virgin" Madonna; we're talking…

8) Take a Napa

With its beautifully manicured vines and stately tasting rooms fronted by giant water fountains, it's refreshing to know Napa has a wild side beyond bachelor parties in limos. You can get legitimately rugged here! Tucked in the northern part of…

9) Damme Good Camping

River otters and redwoods blend smoothly in the charming hamlet of Mendocino. And while many visitors head for convenient drive-in campgrounds, just a few miles south of town is one of the best hike-in (or bike-in) campgrounds on the California…

10) Yurt So Good!

That idea "you get what you pay for" simply doesn't apply to the yurts at Land of Medicine Buddha just outside of Santa Cruz. That's because for just $80 a night you get your own private yurt nestled in a…

11) Giant Escape

Sequoia’s main tourist attraction is the General Sherman tree, literally the largest living thing on earth. Hordes of visitors make the easy 0.4-mile mini-pilgrimage to see the General, but a funny thing happens if you hike just a few minutes…

12) BONUS: Redwoods on the House!

In celebration of turning 100 this year, Save the Redwoods League is hosting a celebration week and also giving away complimentary day-use admission to more than 100 redwood parks for every second Saturday of 2018. The next one is Saturday,…

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