Redwood Park San Francisco & Point Reyes
The closest redwood trees to the city of San Francisco are those of the Point Reyes Peninsula. Samuel P Taylor State Park, Mount Tamalpais State Park & the Muir Woods National Monument all have coastal redwood groves.
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If you are looking for the Redwood Forest near Santa Cruz & Highway 9 start here.
Big Sur Redwood Cabins & Riverside Cabins Big Sur
Do you have visions of cabins perched on rugged cliffs, along the Central Coast? Well, sorry to say, there are none for rent. Those are all private homes.
Most vacation cottages are secluded & tucked back, deep inside a redwood forest canyon nearby. Campground cabins in Big Sur span from yurt rentals on the cliffs, to rustic one room rentals in the fern forest.
The Pfieffer Big Sur State Park has cabins available, several other coast resorts offer stream side cottages, plus Ventana has a luxury Campground inside a redwood grove.
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self guided redwoods tour on Big Sur back roads
Sequoia Groves: Forest Rd# 21S94 – Sequoia National Forest
This impressive backcountry route is inside the newly formed Giant Sequoia National Monument. From the Western Divide Highway this graded route leads from an area North of the Trail of 100 Giants to the back edge of the Tule Indian Reservation. The 20 mile route turns north towards Coy Flat Campground (20 spots @ 5000′) & then meets up with Camp Nelson, California.
The Summit National Recreation Trail cuts right thru this region & there are many dirt roads meandering off of the main route# 21S94.
There are a few hidden Sequoia groves back here, great for day trips & picnic spots:
- Peyrone Grove (via road# 22S91)
- South Peyrone Grove (via road# 22S03 & trail #31E41)
- Red Hill Grove
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California is lucky enough to have plenty great scenery, so you best get outside & enjoy it. It’ll do ya some good! The giant Sequoia trees are located in the Sierra Nevada & the towering Redwoods are along the coast. The oldest trees are the Ancient Bristlecone Pines, higher elevations in the Eastern portion of California.
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BIG, OLD, TALL TREES
Sequoia Trees in Big Bear? You find it hard to imagine that these famed trees exist in Southern California , but here they are tucked right on Hwy.18 in between Running Springs & Lake Arrowhead. This small redwood grove will be your treat after a short clockwise hike around Heaps Arboretum trail. It is located just inside the San Bernardino National Forest area.
A variety of pines trees grow in this park & there are plenty of small signs to inform you of each species. Benches are places along the path for a leisurely stroll. Great family hike on the way to Big Bear or Arrowhead. It is an easy hike for grandma too.
Wildflowers only last a short season, so get up there before the heat of summer kicks in. Early summer still has greenery, even though all the flowering plants have ceased.
A few miles east Lake Arrowhead on Hwy. 18 is a parking area for Heaps Peak Trailhead & the Arboretum. This small hike takes less than an hour & is the easiest nature trail around. Educational brochures are available & a small donation is requested.