Redwood National Park
Only 3% of the Redwoods that originally blanketed the Pacific Coast still stand. Come walk through time in
beautiful Redwood National Park where the few remaining old growth
redwoods are preserved from being cut down to make decks and picnic tables. You will walk through
groves of leviathan trees that are centuries or even millenia old and can grow more than 350' tall.
Our trip will begin in Redwood National Park and morph into Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park.
You may see herds of regal Roosevelt Elk, catch glimpses of whales from scenic outlooks high above the pacific,
view a black bear or perhaps see a sea otter or the rare and endangered marbled murrelet. If you've never seen
the Pacific Coast or a Redwood Tree, this is the trip for you.
The Redwood National Park Fatpacking Trip will be from Jun 9-17, 2012. Here is the
Our journey will begin in Redwood National Park where we'll start at Dolasson Prairie and head down to
Redwood Creek. We'll visit the Tall Trees Grove featuring trees over 350' tall. Then we'll take head
down Redwood Creek to the Skunk Cabbage Trail and onto the sand along the
beautiful Pacific Coast. From the beach we head into Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park where you are almost certain
to see majestic Roosevelt Elk (and you can get a shower). We spend the rest of the trip in Prairie Creek
along the Ocean, on the beach, among old growth redwoods, and in Fern Canyon, a primieval place where Jurassic Park
The trails through Redwood National Park are well groomed with good footing and moderate
elevation gain and loss (although it may not always seem like that while hiking). Difficulties
arise because there are days of 10+ mile hikes planned, with some of it on the beach which although
flat can retard progress. The upside is that you get stronger as you hike and that continually
changing incredible scenery will keep you engaged.
Weather is always an important concern when hiking. Expect daytime hiking temperatures in the 60s and 70s
and nighttime temperatures in the 40s & 50s. However, be prepared for the possibility of day temperatures as high
as 80 and as low as 30. Here is the
historical June weather.
On the July 2009 trip, the weather was so mild and clear, we were able to sleep out under the stars almost every night.
is a Wilderness First Responder originally from Alpharetta, GA and has led Fatpacking trips to the Florida National
Scenic Trail, Rocky Mountain National Park, Redwood National Park, Crater Lake National Park and Yosemite National Park.
lives in Mukilteo, WA and is a WMI certified Wilderness EMT. He is a seasoned outdoorsman who is skilled in wilderness
Here is a
list of equipment
we suggest you bring.
The list is extensive and can seem daunting, but please don't let this deter you
from the trip. You can rent top notch quality gear for reasonable prices from
Lower Gear or
It may also be possible for us to provide some gear for you at a nominal fee if you let us
know far ahead of the trip. Unfortunately, we're not in the gear business so the selection of
our available inventory is unpredictable. Please feel free to
discuss any gear with us before the trip.
We don't believe in austere eating regimens. Backpacking is a rigorous, rewarding activity.
You must feed your body in order for it perform. Your body will dictate that you eat often, so it's important
to have fuel to feed it. Please check out the
is not comprehensive and may be altered or augmented. If you want to bring personal food, say a 5 pound chocolate cake, go for it.
You'll not only hate carrying it over 100 miles through the Redwoods, your body will reject the empty calories and prefer
$1200 per person double occupancy. Here, double occupancy means that you will share a
room with another participant during the 2 hotel nights. You will also be responsible for
transportation to and from Eureka/Arcata (ACV), personal equipment and any restaurant meals
eaten off the trail.
Covered expenses include 2 hotel nights, campground fees, 7 days of
trail meals, ground transportation,
National Park permits,
Finnish baths and sauna, insurance, and 2 awesome guides.