The trail has an abundance of huge trees and is a showcase of the world’s best redwood scenery. The trail feels wonderfully remote and is one of the most pristine old-growth trails; there are only a handful of trails where you can walk through old-growth redwoods for this long without hearing traffic noise or seeing any sign of development.
One of the best parts of the Boy Scout Tree experience is the drive to the trailhead. For two miles you’ll bump and wind through truly top-notch old growth along the unpaved Howland Hill Road.
The naming of Boy Scout Tree remains controversial. The National Park Service claims the tree was so named because a Boy Scout troop leader discovered it. Other sources suggest the tree was named for Boy Scouts who blazed the trail to the tree or for its resemblance to a two-fingered Boy Scout salute (although Boy Scouts typically use a three-fingered salute).
On Monday, we drove 45 miles south to Ramblin Redwood RV Park in Crescent City, California. Here, we met up with Kirk and Terry from the Cascadia Caravan for a few days. A campground situated among the redwood trees. Large full hookup sites in a great location.
On Tuesday, we hiked the Stout Grove Memorial Trial, an ancient coast redwood forest (old Growth) with 300 foot trees; scenes from “Return of the Jedi” were filmed here. A short 1-mile hike but a must see.
Later we hiked Grove of Titans Trail. This trail has some of the worlds largest measured redwoods (by volume). It is a cool trail with metal walkways to protect the forest floor from compression to allow rainfall to reach the soil.
Tuesday night, we celebrated Pam’s birthday at Marlo’s Restaurant. A simple place in a strip mall, but the food was outstanding. We really enjoyed the evening.
Wednesday, we visited Tour Thru Tree, an 800 year old Redwood with a road passing through it. Unfortunately, our beast of a truck would not fit through all the way – the mirrors were just too wide! Good fun for $5.
On Saturday, Pam and I drove 195 miles to Ireland’s Ocean View RV Park in Gold Coast, Oregon. Right off of US-101 on the Oregon Coast. This small RV park is right on the ocean – 500 feet from our trailer. We stayed 2 nights and had full hookups.
Gold Coast is definetly a tourest town that can handle a lot of people in the summer. For us, it was quite and relaxing. We had dinner at Sunsets Family Pizza; huge place and the pizza was good.
We mainly just relaxed and waited for it to stop raining.
Today, Friday, October 28th, 2022, marks 1 year since selling our home in New Richmond and hitting the road full time in our Airstream Trailer. Wow. It has been a great experience. Sometimes, we miss not having a bricks and mortar home somewhere, but there is time for that later.
We stayed at the Freed Estate Vinyards in Winston, Oregon. A nice Harvest Host with lots of room and nice wine tasting. We tasted 13 wines for $15. Pam bought a bottle of Rose which we enjoyed that evening sitting outside. They are done harvesting grapes for the season, so we were able to pick a few bunches of grapes to eat. Delicious!
On Saturday, we head back to the west coast of Oregon.
On Saturday, we traveled 64 miles to Silver Spur RV Park in Silverton, Oregon. We stayed only 1 night and really did not do anything. We stayed in site 49.
On Sunday, we traveled 21 miles to Silver Falls State Park in Sublimity, OR. What a great state park. Stayed in the B loop in site #28. Nice, long site with water and 30 amp electric. Lots of trails to walk and good facilities. We stayed here to hike the Trail of 10 Falls. Unfortunately, it rained all 4 days of our reservation. Kelly did some camper maintenance and improvements, but mostly we relaxed and recovered from the long caravan.
We decided to extend 1 more day, because the weather looked good on Thursday. It was a nice blue-sky day. We hiked the Trail of 10 Falls, and it did not disappoint. It was a long, 11-mile hike at the rim and down in the river canyon. We were exhausted at the end, but we both loved it. I created 2 videos. A short (3 minute), fun video and a longer (9 minutes) detailed video. My first time trying out a video blog of a hike. Hope you like it.