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Old 01-20-2020, 06:04 PM   #1
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California Coast and Redwoods Trip

We live in NE Oregon and are starting to plan a Spring (June, before schools let out) trip with our 34' bumper tow TT. Our general thought is to head west and work our way down the Oregon coast to California, and mostly follow the California coast, perhaps as far as San Francisco, with the California Redwoods as one of the major attractions.

When we are on the move we like to keep our daily drives to 300 miles or less, although a longer day or two is acceptable if necessary. If there is something to see, we usually like to schedule 2 or 3 days for the stop before moving on. We generally prefer state type campgrounds (trees, bigger spaces) rather than RV parks (with closely slotted sites). Hookups are nice, but interesting "primitive" sites are fun too. And we're not averse to spending a night in a WalMart parking lot during a longer transition between destinations. Also, if there is an interesting return route (not doubling back and not simply driving the I5 freeway), that would be great too. We've already done Yosemite, so don't have any interest in duplicating that.

Planning stops along the Oregon coast is fairly straightforward, but once we cross into California, things get fuzzier. If anybody has any thoughts or recommendations for great routes, great campgrounds, and things to see, I'd love to hear them.
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You stated you'd like to keep your drives 300 mi or less. From the top of Oregon on the coastal 101 at Astoria and taking 101 to San Francisco is only 700 miles total so you're going to have to slow waaaay down or your trip will be over fast!

On your return I'd suggest working your way over to CA 395 and take it north to 39 to 97 at Klamath Lake. Continue on 97 and you could probably get to the Visitor Center of Crater Lake Nat'l Park for a viewpoint. I doubt the road around the lake would be open from snow. On 97 is Collier State Park which is very nice and interesting.

Then continue north on 97 to Bend and pick up Hwy 26 east to wherever you live. Clyde Holiday Rec. Site is a nice campground at John Day to tour the John Day Fossil Beds.
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Old 01-21-2020, 07:34 AM   #3
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We did a West Coast National Parks trip three years ago and it was an incredible adventure. I'm thinking about what a wonderful time you'll have and making myself a bit envious in the process.

Depending on which State Parks in Oregon you're trying to get into, you may have a difficult time, even in June. You may want to make reservations there as soon as possible, if you haven't already done so. As I recall, there are some National Forest campgrounds in Oregon, mid-coast, that may work for you, too.

If you enjoy a peaceful ocean beach, look up Arizona Beach and visit Oregon Dunes. Some areas of the Dunes allow OHVs, so choose wisely according to your preferences. There is a small, but excellent, Oregon Dunes visitor center right in Florence, I believe.

Redwoods National and State Parks were a highlight of our trip, and your anticipation is well-founded. If you're planning to stay within the Parks, be aware that your length may be restrictive, and be prepared to do some "shopping around." At the time we went, we had a 30' Jayco, and there were at least two campgrounds within the Park(s) we couldn't fit in. We did squeeze into Jedediah Smith State Park, but the roads were narrow with some tight turns. We wouldn't try now with the 32 footer. That being said, even if you have to stay in a private park, it is well worth spending time in the area. Harris Beach State Park in Brookings, Oregon, is just over the border and an easy commute to Redwoods, so if you can get in there, you're golden.

While in Redwoods, don't miss the Stout Grove in Jed Smith State Park or Fern Canyon in Prairie Creek. Part of one of the Jurassic Park movies was filmed in the canyon. It takes a little effort to get there (no RVs) but the canyon is an amazing place and well worth the visit. A short hike to Hidden Beach in Redwoods will net you another secluded beach. Be aware of "sneaker waves" along the Oregon coast - always best to ask if they're common to the beach you're visiting and exercise caution.

If you have the time, do consider extending your trip south to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks. The Sequoias are different from the Redwoods, but just as magnificent and impressive.

When visiting San Francisco, we stayed at Lake Solano Regional Park in Winters and drove in to the city. The campground was quiet and peaceful and I think your rig would easily fit.

When visiting Los Angeles, we stayed at the Californian RV Resort in Acton and drove in. Not our usual kind of "campground," but it was lovely and served our purpose.

Wishing you safe travels and grand adventures!

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Humboldt State Park just South of Eureka is beautiful. I believe the park’s CG is limited to 24ft length, but Ancient Redwood RV Park just up the Ave of the Giants is a great RV park with full hookups.
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you might think about taking hiway 1 at Leggett ca. down along the CA. coast there are several cutoff you can take east back to 101. twogypsies return trip sounds great. this will be a great trip, honk your horn as you pass through Coos Bay Oregon on 101. you may have to back track some if you get down through the redwoods and or hiway 1 ca. depends on how far you go. if you could stay in Fortuna or Rio dell, then take day trips from there to the redwoods. you could then take 36 east to 97 or 395 then north.
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Some excellent recommendations! I will take some time to digest them and will likely have questions!

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15 miles south of Fortuna, CA on 101 is a small church owned RV park named Stafford RV Park. $30 per night with GS discount. It doesn't look like much from the street, but once inside it's great. W/E & good WiFi. No sewer but dump station. Not sure of the size, I was in a 28' when there. Just north of the Ave of the Giants (another must see).
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If your traveling south from the Oregon on 101 be sure to take the Newton B Drury Parkway. Probably the most beautiful drive through Giant redwoods along the entire highway. At the south end is Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park.


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If your traveling south from the Oregon on 101 be sure to take the Newton B Drury Parkway. Probably the most beautiful drive through Giant redwoods along the entire highway. At the south end is Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park.


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