It’s getting to be that season again! Time to pack up a lunch and some sunscreen and become a genuine River Rat. This is the season that the locals live for!
The Smith River is one of the many beautiful attractions of Northern California. Warm sand, clear water, and high rocks to jump off! You can easily spend an entire day just lounging around and taking in all the beauty.
With lots of places to turn-out and explore hidden river spots, Hwy 199 is a great place! If you also want to see big Redwood trees here is a way from the hostel where you can see it all:
-Head North from the hostel on Hwy 101 to Crescent City, Ca. Once you get down the hill, you’ll see your first street on the right called “Humboldt Rd.” You drive all the way down until you hit a stop sign. The cross street will be “Howland Hill Rd.” which you take a right on.
-Howland Hill Road will lead you onto a gravel road that takes you through the beautiful giant Redwoods. You will eventually get to Stout Grove (Located in the Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park). Here’s a fun fact: Stout Grove is where “Return of the Jedi” was filmed and was home to those adorable Ewoks!
-You will eventually get back onto a paved road. You are now in Hiouchi, Ca. Take a left onto the bridge and you’re passing over the gorgeous Smith River. After the 2nd bridge you go across you will intersect with Hwy 199. If you take a right you can find more pull-outs to river spots. If you take a left you’ll head back to the Hiouchi townsite where you can stop at the Hiouchi Hamlet and get some food, drinks, and fuel. Continuing past the Hamlet will take you to Crescent City.
-If you feel like taking Hwy 199 back to Crescent City you might want to stop along the way for a leisurely walk through the Redwoods. Simpson Reed Grove is a great spot for that. It’s right between Hiouchi & Crescent City. Walker Road (which is also between the 2 towns) will lead you to a few more river spots.
-Then you’re back in Crescent City again, and all you need to get back to the hostel is to head South on Hwy 101.
I wanted to post this entry because ever since I was a little girl, I have looked forward to this season all year! It’s not too often that we get a break from the rain here, and we come to cherish the time where we can throw on some sandals, grab the camera, and have a great hang-out day with friends and family outdoors.
I just wanted to share that with you all and I hope you take a trip to witness how truly beautiful the Smith River and the Redwoods are this time of year. 🙂
Lezlie Heckel (A Proud Member of the Redwood Hostel Family)