Adventures: Crescent City, CA and Jedediah Smith State Park

January 3, 2013 · 9 comments


I’d never been to the Northern California coast before last week. Now I know what I’d been missing all those years.

We stayed in Crescent City for the better part of a week, and I was continually impressed by both the town and the landscapes. The thing that I couldn’t get over is that the beach was just a few minutes drive from some of the greatest coast redwoods in the world, AND there are snowcapped peaks on the horizon. Crescent City as a town has more and less charming areas, but the waterfront was scenic (We had great fish and chips at Chart Room.), and there were several public parks that seemed way too nice (in a good way) for such a small town.



Fishing and tourism are the biggest industries around this area. I think it’d be pretty fun to go crabbing or clamming on the bay someday.


Why are sea lions so entertaining? I could watch them for hours.



There’s a lighthouse on an island in the bay that you can walk out to at low tide. We only saw it from afar, but it’s the cutest thing ever. I was delighted to see it incorporated into the Crescent City “brand” on these über-classy refuse bins.



We went to this one beach that had whole sanddollars all over.




I live in the forest, and I’ve seen a lot of evergreen trees in my day, some of them pretty big by most people’s standards, but somehow I wasn’t quite prepared for the sights of Jedediah Smith State Park. The redwoods are SO mind-blowingly huge. I took about a million photos, but looking at any of them on a computer screen will never do justice to the trees’ grandiosity. I could be more bummed about not being able to capture the magic of that place in photo form, but being there in person was enough for me. All I have to offer you is a glimpse of the park and the promise that if you ever go, you won’t be disappointed.

We hiked in the park three different days on four different trails all of which take off from Howland Hill Road. Each was impressive in its own way. I could have spent so much more time there (and hopefully I will someday in the future) without feeling like I’d “seen it all”.

My advice: Go. See it for yourself.
















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Monique Kirby January 3, 2013 at 12:38 pm

These are wonderful! Our family went to the same redwood forest over the summer. I’m ready to return! Thanks for sharing!


Camille January 3, 2013 at 8:11 pm

I’m ready to return and I just got home.


Jen January 3, 2013 at 7:32 pm

Hi Camille,

I’ve been reading your blog for awhile now (heard about you via mae chevrette), and I just wanted to say this is my favorite photo collection of yours I’ve ever seen. The sunlight through the trees, the sand dollar, the mushroom, all of them are incredible. Great job!



Camille January 3, 2013 at 8:06 pm

That’s quite the compliment, considering how beautiful Mae’s photos always are. Thanks!


catie January 3, 2013 at 8:55 pm

i lived in trinidad & arcata {about an hour’s drive south of crescent city} for more than 15 years.
all three of my kids were born there.
you really have to see those trees to believe them.
you have captured so much beauty here ~ the sunbeams are amazing!


ga447 January 4, 2013 at 6:12 am

Thank you for taking the time and showing us those photos, just amazing the forest. I could smell the forest all the way here in the Midwest. I miss the ocean and love the sand dollar shell.


sheena January 6, 2013 at 6:01 pm

We were up there two summers ago…..I miss it so much. You captured it beautifully:)


Angela January 7, 2013 at 10:38 pm

I love Jed Smith park! I’ve been lucky to have a couple great trips there in the past few years and hope to go again soon :-)


shelly June 5, 2013 at 10:08 am

WOW! AGAIN! STUNNING photographs…


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