Redwood National Park: Backcountry Adventures

View of the coast from parking at the Flint Ridge trailhead.

View of the coast from parking at the Flint Ridge trailhead.

After doing some sight seeing around Redwood National Park, we packed up our camp at Elk Prairie campground and readied our backpacks. For our second night, we got a free permit for Flint Ridge campground, which is just south of the Klamath River. We parked at the west access, which is right above the beautiful coast on Coastal Drive. The hike up to our campsite was under a mile and all uphill. The trail leads up to a seemingly undisturbed meadow with paths splitting to various campsites.

A view our our peaceful campsite at Flint Ridge.

A view our our peaceful campsite at Flint Ridge.

The National Park Service describes Flint Ridge as: “This quiet section of the parks features outstanding wildlife viewing and one of the finest old-growth redwood stands.” Speaking of wildlife, Pat has told me (I wish he hadn’t) that he heard a bear at a nearby campsite and the camper’s dog barking loudly. Lucky for us, we did not actually see or have any contact with one, which may be because of the precautions we took to avoid any visitors. (see our post, “Keeping The Bears Away“)

The next morning we wanted to check out the beach and see the view from sea level. When first parked at Flint Ridge west access, we had noticed an opening in the brush leading down to the beach. There was not a trail on any of our maps, but we wanted to check it out.

Pat on the hike down to the beach.

Pat on the hike down to the beach.

After filling our camelbacks and packing a snack, we headed into the brush for a little adventure. This was seriously the coolest little trail I’ve ever hiked. It was certainly a path less traveled with a narrow trail and a lot of plants and branches hanging over the trail. I was glad I didn’t where shorts because my legs would have been fairly scratched up, although it would have been worth it. 🙂

IMG_4057 Arriving on the beach was a pleasant feeling. The site of the ocean, the sounds of waves crashing on enormous rocks, and the absence of any other people around felt like a paradise. The part of the beach closest to the water was sheeted with beautiful rocks of all shapes and colors. The brush along the shore was framed with dessert roses and a beautiful perspective of the hike we had just completed.

Looking back up to the trail and Coastal Drive.

Looking back up to the trail and Coastal Drive.

We spent some time just wandering the beach, taking photos and taking it all in. After hiking back up, we headed back to camp for a meal and then once again packed up camp. We had seen so much beauty in Northern California, and it was time to head to Oregon to experience more.

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Another view from the parking lot near the coastal trailhead.

Another view from the parking lot off Coastal Drive.

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