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Old 09-12-2016, 10:39 PM   #1
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Good evening, morning, etc. *I am planning on taking my 27 ft class a to northern ca next May and would like to tour the redwood National Park near Klamath. *I will be going from the San Diego area and thought that I would like to take the coast route from San Francisco north. *I have already seen the Big Sur area and want something different. *We are mebers of Harvest Hosts, but would like to get some recommendations on camping on the way up. *I have some solar on the roof and do not mind boondocking off and on as long as it is safe. *No Walmarts, Lowes, etc. *We want scenery. *Any ideas and has anyone taken that route and is it doable towing a Jeep.
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We took the 101 all the way up to Washington and it was a great trip. We went up the I-5 until we got north of San Fransisco, then the 101 the rest of the way. There are so many places to stay along the way and the further north you get the better the scenery and the better the CG prices. We stayed in most CG's that had full hookups, some were State Parks and they were about $30 a night. You will have no problem pulling a Toad, and that will be great for exploring, especially in the Redwoods.

There is a really nice CG in Fortuna, and it is a central spot for several day trips throughout the Redwoods. It's about 80 miles south of the Klamath area and 30 miles north of the Humbolt Redwoods area. That entire area is considered the Redwood Highway, and you drive through numerous State Parks and Reserves. Make sure you stop and take the tour of the Lumber Mill in Scotia, you get to follow a tree being taken down to rough sawn sized lumber as it makes it's way through the mill. If you have the time it is well worth it to continue even further north into Oregon, lots of beautiful CG's both on the ocean side and inland.
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The north beach campground at Pismo Beach state park is great. Beach, the town of Pismo, and a butterfly forest.
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We just returned from a trip that included northern CA and the redwoods. We would highly recommend the Ancient Redwoods RV Park in Redcrest CA. It is right on the Avenue of the Giants which runs parallel with 101. It is a newer park and totally surrounded by redwoods. The family owners are more than helpful in all ways.
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For a more scenic route, once north of KSFO get on CA1 it rejoins 101 just south of the major Redwood areas. With a 27' RV you should be able to do the last 15 or so miles with ease. Fort Bragg is an interesting town with several nice RV parks...PoMo if like like privacy, Casper Beach if you like neighbors and a walk across the road to the beach.

We stay several days at Casper Beach almost every year on the way to Oregon and then a couple more on the way back home from Oregon.

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For a more scenic route, once north of KSFO get on CA1 it rejoins 101 just south of the major Redwood areas. With a 27' RV you should be able to do the last 15 or so miles with ease. Fort Bragg is an interesting town with several nice RV parks...PoMo if like like privacy, Casper Beach if you like neighbors and a walk across the road to the beach.

We stay several days at Casper Beach almost every year on the way to Oregon and then a couple more on the way back home from Oregon.

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Not hijacking thread but how easy or hard is it when 101 turns to hiway 1? I thought there was a length or weight restrictions and heard it is a difficult drive?
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Not hijacking thread but how easy or hard is it when 101 turns to hiway 1? I thought there was a length or weight restrictions and heard it is a difficult drive?
It can be tight and will be slow, I've pulled a 26' 5th Wheel with no problem, this year pulling a 30' 5th wheel I decided to leave CA1 at Ft. Bragg and join 101 via CA20. From my experience a small motorhome should not be a problem.

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A 27' pulling a jeep would have no problem. I have done 101 and 1 from ft Bragg ca to coos bay or with a 40' pulling a 20' boat. Some parts are slow but doable.
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Make sure you stop and take the tour of the Lumber Mill in Scotia, you get to follow a tree being taken down to rough sawn sized lumber as it makes it's way through the mill.
We did the mill tour a number of years ago was great. Friends of ours went there this summer, they said there are no tours of the mill anymore.
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We did the mill tour a number of years ago was great. Friends of ours went there this summer, they said there are no tours of the mill anymore.
That's too bad, we have been several times but the last time was a couple of years ago. I wonder if it is just a temporary thing.
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I read somewhere that the current CA redwoods are just 10% of the original amount. Sad.
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Our friends didn't say if it was itemporary. If it is permanent it's a shame was very interesting tour. As Steve said the Redwoods are down to 10% can understand the reason for discontinuing the tours.
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