Saturday, May 27, 2023

Redwood National Park Trails

This park is difficult for us to visit since we need both accessible trails and parking areas where our RV will fit. RV parking information at trailheads can be found on the accessible trail links.  US 101 and Newton B. Drury Scenic Parkway are the safest routes for RVs because many of the other roads are designated as "not advised or prohibited for trailers and RVs". Download maps here.
Our last visit was in 2017 and we decided to give it another try this year. We found a good parking spot along the Scenic Parkway. The trail signs were encouraging however we quickly found problems. We walked/rolled along the Brown Creek Trail toward the Carl Schenck Grove but the trail became too narrow and rooty after the second bridge.
We then crossed the road to the Prairie Creek Trail towards the Corkscrew Tree. The trail was fine until we came to a large branch that had recently fallen and shattered when it hit the ground. Yikes - there's a reason loggers call these branches widowmakers! Most of the time the branches are dead. It looked like a dead branch caught live branches on the way down but whatever happened there was too much for us to move off the trail and no way to get around it. Time to turn around. Park  41.28642, -124.09033


  1. Yikes is right! No way around that mess. Sure is pretty up in the woods, tho.