The eight of us left Crater Lake bound south for Mill Creek Campground in Del Norte Coast Redwoods State Park. We arrived late in the afternoon and set up camp. Enormous redwood stumps left over from logging back in the 1920’s dotted the moss draped campground. We fixed dinner and enjoyed a campfire. A bear came through the campground while we read, its eyes reflecting the light of our campfire before moving on through the dark forest.
Monday morning we awoke and headed into Crescent City to the small Redwoods National and State Park Visitor Center. We then headed over to South Beach so the kids could play in the water for a bit before heading south to hike Damnation Creek Trail. The trail dropped 1,000 feet to the ocean through spectacular old growth redwoods and Sitka spruce over 4.2 miles round trip. It was a beautiful and highly recommended hike. We arrived back at the car and headed back to our campsite where we worked to get things organized for a planned backpack along Redwood Creek.
See it Yourself: Del Norte Coast Redwoods State Park is one of three California State Parks jointly managed with Redwoods National Park as Redwoods National and State Parks and at 33,000 acres it is California’s fifth largest. Most of its virgin forest is located along the Hwy 101 corridor and the lovely Damnation Creek Trail is highly recommended. Mill Creek Campground offers 145 forested campsites and is open from May through September.