Two Weeks Left on the Redwood Highway

S. Fork Eel River, Redwood Highway (10/24/17) Max Forster

Bigleaf maple, Prairie Creek Redwoods SP (10/24/17) Max Forster

Bigleaf maple, Mill Creek, Jedediah Smith Redwoods SP (10/24/17) Max Forster

North Coast color spotter Max Forster estimates the Redwood Highway has another couple of weeks of peak color.

There’s a good reason there are so many state parks and a national park in the North Coast region, as it is full of wonderful foliage to see.

Here’s what Max found:

Humboldt Redwoods State Park – Peak (75-100%) – Avenue of The Giants will be seeing peak conditions throughout this week as bigleaf maple and creeping poison oak put on their display.  The drive along US 101 in Mendocino County from just north of Willits into southern Humboldt County is also looking spectacular. GO NOW!

Redwood National Park & Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park – Peak (75-100%) – Bigleaf maple are at peak while most of the vine maple are just starting to turn.  Best places to see color will be along Drury Parkway near the Big Tree parking area, Prairie Creek Trail from the visitor center to the Zig Zag #2 Trail and the road to Lost Man Creek.  Roosevelt elk are still very active, at the tail end of the seasonal rut.  Outside of the bulls protecting their herds of females, you can find groups of rejected bachelors, nursing battle wounds and damaged egos. GO NOW!

El Viejo, Jedediah Smith Redwoods SP (10/24/17) Max Forster

Jedidiah Smith Redwoods State Park – Peak (75-100%) – Bigleaf maple along Mill Creek are at peak.  The forest understory of vine maple, salmonberry, thimbleberry and cascara along Howland Hill Road will be peaking this week, making the drive through the heart of the park even more spectacular than usual. GO NOW!