Redwood Coast Photos
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James Irvine Trail, Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park. This is one of the most beautiful and accessible hiking trails on the Redwood Coast, leading from the park visitor center at Elk Prairie all the way to Fern Canyon and Gold Bluffs Beach. Photo by Carrie Grant.
Clam Beach. Stretching over 110 miles from the Mendocino County to the Del Norte County borders, the Humboldt County coastline encompasses a stunning variety of land-and seascape, from wave-pounded rocks to gentle estuaries. Here, the wide flat sands of Clam Beach north of Arcata provide a perfect playground for walking, horseback riding, beachcombing, camping and bonfires. Photo by Don Forthuber.
Lost Coast Lighthouse. The spectacular Lost Coast is the most unspoiled stretch of wilderness on the California coastline. No major road approaches the ocean here for over 70 miles, while relics such as the former lighthouse on Cape Mendocino, now relocated to the village of Shelter Cove, speak eloquently of the region’s rich past. Photo by Carrie Grant.
Carson Mansion. Often called the most photographed Victorian in the United States, the William Carson mansion at 2nd and M Streets in Eureka is indeed a wooden fairytale castle, revealing a picturesque blend of Victorian architectural styles. The mansion is now owned by a private club dedicated to preserving this masterpiece. Photo by Don Forthuber.
Lost Coast Black Sands. You don’t have to travel to Hawaii to experience beaches made of volcanic black sands—they’re to be found right in Humboldt County on the famous Lost Coast. Journey to the village of Shelter Cove to experience the natural beauty, serenity and adventure of the Lost Coast. Photo by Jack Hopkins.
Trinidad Memorial Lighthouse. The ocean can be a cruel mistress on the Redwood Coast, a fact recognized at the Trinidad Memorial Lighthouse which honors and commemorates local fishermen who have been lost at sea. A well-known landmark of Humboldt County, the Memorial Lighthouse isn’t a true functioning lighthouse at all—but there is one just on the seaward side of Trinidad Head. Photo by Jack Hopkins.
Main Street Ferndale. Hailed as the most perfectly-preserved Victorian Village in California, the town of Ferndale is a step back into a quieter, more leisurely rural past. Main Street is lined with interesting shops and attractions, while several charming B&Bs offer a bed for those seeking respite from the rat race. Photo by Carrie Grant.
The Madaket. In the days before a bridge spanned Humboldt Bay, and the Samoa Peninsula hummed with the activity of numerous saw mills, workers living in Eureka used small ferryboats to go to work each day. The M.V. Madaket, constructed here in 1910, is now fully restored and offers a narrated tour of the Bay’s history and wildlife. The vessel also boasts the smallest licensed bar in California! Photo by Jack Hopkins.
Sequoia Park. A surprising Eden in the center of Eureka, Sequoia Park and Zoo is a favorite haunt of local residents and is being discovered by more and more visitors. In addition to lovely hiking trails through 77 acres of virgin redwood forest, the park offers a duckpond, picnic areas and several playgrounds for the young ones to romp. Photo by Don Leonard.
Trinity River Rafters. The Redwood Coast is also the land of Six Rivers, and we are blessed with numerous wild and scenic waterways offering a variety of recreational opportunities. Whitewater rafting is a perennial favorite, and a number of local companies can guide you on everything from gentle floats to pulse-pounding Class 3 and Class 4 river action. Photo by Bigfoot Rafting Company, Willow Creek.
Carson Mansion: TImber magnate William Carson is said to have built this Victorian landmark in the late 1800s during a downturn in the lumber industry, as a means of keeping 100 skilled workers employed. The ornate home was designed by the Newsom Brothers, famous San Francisco architects. Photo by Don Forthuber.
The Pink Lady. Across the street from the Carson Mansion stands the nearly-as-gaudy Milton J. Carson House, affectionately known as the Pink Lady. Built as a wedding gift for his son and daughter-in-law, the home was also designed by the Newsome Brothers and built in the 1880s.
Pastels On the Plaza. One of the most popular local events, Pastels on the Plaza is held each October in the town of Arcata. Local artists create incredible, if ephemeral, works of art to benefit local charities. This is just one expression of the wonderful talent and deep appreciation of the arts to be found on the Redwood Coast. Photo by Don Forthuber.
Fishing Boat. A hard-working boat ties up at the Eureka Marina after a day of harvesting nature’s bounty from the ocean. Still very much a working seaport, Eureka’s fishing fleet adds a colorful and authentic touch to our scenic Humboldt Bay—while providing shops and restaurants with the freshest and finest seafood available. Photo by Don Forthuber.
Arcata Plaza. The commercial and social center of the university town of Arcata, the Arcata Plaza is an ideal place for strolling and chatting. The plaza is lined with a fascinating collection of shops and restaurants, and is the venue for a wide variety of fun events including Farmers Markets on summer Saturdays. In the center of the plaza, a statue of President McKinley watches benignly. Photo by Don Forthuber.
Coastal Christmas. People on the Redwood Coast dearly love the holidays, and the Christmas season brings thousands of festive lights, like these on the Carson Mansion. A popular Eureka tradition involves huge trucks, adorned with thousands of Christmas lights and decorations, parading through town while blaring "Jingle Bells" on the horn. The event has grown to over 100 vehicles and draws visitors from near and far. Photo by Don Leonard.
The Redwood Coast. The splendid drama of the California Coast is played out along 110 miles of Humboldt County coastline. In this scene, taken in north county in Redwood National Park, the redwoods meet the sea in a scene of stunning beauty, and sandy beaches invite exploring and beachcombing. Photo by Don Forthuber.
Ferndale from Above. The small dairy town of Ferndale seen from Wildcat Road. It becomes clear why several years ago Ferndale was chosen as one of America’s Prettiest Painted Places. The town has remained virtually untouched since it was built a century and a half ago. Photo by Don Forthuber.
Fern Canyon. You’ll think you’re in another world when you walk between sheer 50-foot walls completely covered with luxuriant ferns. Located at the end of Gold Bluffs Beach in Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park, part of Redwood National Park, Fern Canyon is a fascinating walk through a unique ecosystem. It’s also one of the locations where Steven Spielberg filmed "The Lost World" in Humboldt County. Photo by Don Forthuber.
Mountain Biking. Off-road or mountain biking is a fast-growing cycling sport, and the Redwood Coast proudly offers some uniquely beautiful "single track" biking trails. Where else can your ride through a forest of towering redwoods or along a coastal bluff? Local enthusiasts of the sport also organize regular races and rallys. Photo by Bill Becher.
Pink Rhododendrons. Native to the Redwood Coast, rhododendrons are a familiar member of the redwood forest, and entertain with their surprising—and sometimes flamboyant—shows of color each April through June. The city of Eureka celebrates spring each year with the Rhododendron Festival including a parade. Photo by Don Forthuber.
Foggy Bottoms Milk Run. A highlight of the year for Humboldt County’s very active running community is the Foggy Bottoms Milk Run, held each March in and around the dairy town of Ferndale. Runners from across the United States are attracted to this fun event, but mostly it's just local folks getting out to run through verdant farmlands. Photo by Don Forthuber.
Kinetic Sculpture Race. Only in Humboldt County could an event as bizarre as the Kinetic Grand Championship thrive for over thirty years! Each Memorial Day weekend, dozens of teams set out on a three-day, 40-mile odyssey through streets, sand, mud and water aboard self-built, human-powered vehicles, each a work of art. The wacky behavior, odd race rules and general merriment make it unforgettable. Photo by Richard Stenger.
Hiking in the Redwoods. At least once in life, everyone should experience the ancient, awesome redwoods. Hiking trails abound for all levels of ability…what they have in common is a hushed sense of reverence as you wind your way between the mighty trees. Many people find themselves returning to the redwood forest whenever they are in need of renewal. Photo by Bob Von Normann.
Birds in Flight. Humboldt County, and particularly the region around Humboldt Bay, is a land incredibly rich in wildlife. Here you can imagine how the birds and animals teemed and flocked in their thousands before the coming of civilization. On the bay’s marshes and wetlands, clouds of shorebirds darken the sky, while the majestic Roosevelt Elk throng in the woodland meadows. Photo by Jack Hopkins.
Kids on Clam Beach. The sandy shores of the Redwood Coast are a natural playground, where kids can put aside their video games for a while and engage in wholesome fun. Our ocean waters are not recommended for swimming, but local rivers and lagoons offer plenty of warm, safe waters for splashing around. Photo by Beti Trauth.
Family Kayaking. Looking for some boating adventures? The Redwood Coast offers a fascinating variety of places to "put in" your canoe or kayak, from the intricate sloughs around Humboldt Bay to tidal marshes teeming with wildlife, tranquil lagoons and tumbling rivers. Boats can also be rented locally. Photo by Jack Hopkins.
Sequoia Park Hikers. To walk beneath the redwoods can be a humbling experience. Winding your way between giant trunks, or traversing a natural bridge that spans over 100 feet, you feel like a welcome guest but not part of the eternal family. Here, hikers find their gaze drawn ever upwards at Eureka’s Sequoia Park. Photo by Tony Smithers.
Avenue of the Giants. Many visitors to the Redwood Coast like to camp in style with their trailer or motorhome, finding excellent facilities and many interesting roads to explore. A favorite route is the Avenue of the Giants, a 31-mile scenic alternative to Highway 101 that winds through ancient redwoods along the banks of the Eel River. Photo by Carrie Grant.
Tour of the Unknown Coast. A paradise for cyclists of all stripes, the Redwood Coast is a particularly favorite Mecca for touring bikers. There are a number of sanctioned races, but the granddaddy of them all is the annual Tour of the Unknown Coast, a set of races that includes what is lovingly called "California’s Toughest Century." The grade may be grueling but the scenery is unsurpassed. Photo by Jack Hopkins.
Snowy Egret in Arcata Marsh. Of the more than 400 bird species counted on the Redwood Coast, the Snowy Egret is surely one of the most striking—and easy to spot. Egrets can be found all around Humboldt Bay, stalking through the sloughs and wetlands in search of choice tidbits. On Indian Island, a grove of Cypress trees contains one of the West’s largest egret rookeries, which can be approached by boat. Photo by Jack Hopkins.
Fishermen with Crabpots. Supplying local seafood fans with the freshest Dungeness crab is a work of love for Eureka’s fishing fleet. In addition to these comely crustaceans, the Redwood Coast is reknowned for its fantastic finned fare, including rock cod, halibut and of course salmon. In addition, Humboldt Bay produces 90 percent of California’s oyster harvest…all in all, the very best from Neptune’s larder! Photo by Jack Hopkins.
Sailing on Big Lagoon. The Redwood Coast offers several sheltered, inland waters where small craft sailing is a favorite activity. Humboldt Bay has deep water channels as well as shoals and mudflats, islands and sloughs, together providing a delightful variety of waters to explore. Equally magical are Humboldt’s three lagoons: Big Lagoon (pictured), Stone Lagoon and Freshwater Lagoon. Photo by Jack Hopkins.
Canoe on Stone Lagoon. Fishing, birdwatching, camping, swimming, paddling and sailing, beachcombing, hiking…it’s all available at Humboldt County’s Stone Lagoon, one of the most treasured bodies of water on the Redwood Coast. Shallow waters ensure that the temperature remains mild. The few human visitors are greatly outnumbered by the pelicans and cormorants. Photo by Carrie Grant.
Roosevelt Elk. The herds of Roosevelt Elk, found nowhere but on the Redwood Coast, have often been called majestic, but even more impressive is the ease and frequency with which they may be spotted in and around Redwood National Park. At several roadside meadows, special viewing areas have been created where visitors can stop and watch the elk. They can also be spotted wandering through the forest and on the beach. Photo by Jeannine Sibley.
Cyclists on the Lost Coast. Cyclists are drawn from all over the country to try out their skills and bask in the beauty of Humboldt County’s Lost Coast, the 80-mile stretch of virtually undeveloped coastline that begins just south of Ferndale. In May, the Tour of the Unknown Coast is an acclaimed race that boast’s "California’s Toughest Century," a 100-mile ride. But with scenery like this to stop and gaze at, perhaps it’s worth it. Photo by Jeannine Sibley.
Old Town Gazebo. The brick-lined Gazebo at 2nd and F Streets in Eureka is the center for the city’s remarkable Old Town renaissance. This vintage commercial district is now flourishing anew with tastefully restored historic buildings and a unique and eclectic mix of shopping, dining and attractions. Photo by Tina Ransford.
Eureka Boardwalk. Since the official ribbon-cutting in January 2002, the Eureka Boardwalk has become a favorite place to stroll and watch the Bay. Stretching from G to C Streets all along the waterfront, the Boardwalk will serve as the anchor for an exciting schedule of commercial, retail and residential developments. Photo by Don Leonard.
Lady Washington, Marina. Humboldt Bay’s proud maritime heritage makes it the perfect port of call for the Lady Washington, a reproduction of the brig that originally sailed the northwest coast in the late 1700s and early 1800s. The official tall ship of the State of Washington, she berths in Eureka for a week during the spring and welcomes visitors aboard for educational presentations and cruises on the Bay. In the background lies picturesque Woodley Island Marina. Photo by Don Leonard.
Lady Washington & Compass Rose. The old meets the new in this appealing image of the Lady Washington cruising by the new Eureka Boardwalk. A welcome visitor each spring, the tall ship is a favorite with visitors as well as local school groups. Visible on the Boardwalk is the compass rose inlaid at the foot of the F Street Plaza, proudly pointing the way north. Photo by Don Leonard.
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