Boy Scout Tree (Jedediah Smith Redwoods SP) 29-Sep-2015

Boy Scout Tree Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park California

For a change of pace, we decided to do a couple of hikes in the state and federal redwood parks in Northern California. Timing-wise, now is sort of a sweet spot between the crowded summer tourist season and the onset (hopefully) of the rainy season. On the way to Crescent City, California, we stopped at Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park to hike the Boy Scout Tree Trail to that tree and to Fern Falls. This is Hike #97 in Sullivan’s Oregon Coast & Coast Range¬†hiking and travel guide (Third Edition, 2014).

This hike is an easy stroll on a wide, well-graded trail,

Boy Scout Tree Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park California
An easy trail through very tall trees

through some very, very large trees – most still upright,

Boy Scout Tree Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park California
A clump of very tall trees

and some not.

Boy Scout Tree Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park California
A fallen giant

The Boy Scout Tree itself is actually two trees that grew together ages ago, forming a monster 20 feet or so in diameter! Oddly – despite the name of the trail and the otherwise good state park signage – there’s no official sign directing you to the tree, which sits about 50 feet above the trail.¬† There is a sign for the tree itself – about 20 feet above the ground!

Boy Scout Tree Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park California
The Boy Scout Tree

About 0.5 miles beyond the Boy Scout Tree lies Fern Falls, which after four years of drought and this late in the season, isn’t much to look at.

Boy Scout Tree Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park California
A depleated Fern Falls

We were getting neck strain from looking UP at the trees, so we took to occasionally looking for the small stuff on the forest floor,

Boy Scout Tree Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park California
A fluted mushroom

some of which was looking back at us.

Boy Scout Tree Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park California
Here’s looking at you, kid…

All told, a short (5.8 miles roundtrip; 600 feet of elevation gain) very pleasant way to break-up our drive to the coast.

Boy Scout Tree Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park California
Our path to Fern Falls

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