Hiking in the California redwoods - now better than ever

Anyone who has visited a California redwood park knows well the sense of grandeur sharing space with these majestic trees brings.

hiking trail through the redwoods

Now there is added incentive to get out and enjoy these trees, the tallest in the world - free vehicle admission to 40 of California's redwood state parks, every second Saturday of the month, starting January 13, 2018. This is part of the celebration of the Save the Redwoods League,  one of the oldest environmental groups in California, celebrating its 100th year.

However, it's not quite as simple as driving up to an entrance gate and having a fee waived. One must go online to FreeRedwoodsDays.org and download a pass to one of 40 specific California state redwood parks. Between 1300 and 1700 passes will be made available each month. These passes must be printed out and handed to staff at the park entry.

This popular program is sold out for January, so plan early and go to FreeRedwoodsDays.org beginning at 8:00 AM on Monday, January 15 to request your pass for the following month, Saturday February 10.

Whether or not you have free park admission, a visit to a redwood park is a not-to-be-missed experience. My favorite time to visit: during the rainy months, when water is running, the ferns are brilliantly green, and the quiet of the forest is soothing to the spirit.

redwood forest scene

--- Come for a visit; Stay for a lifetime!

Lottie Kendall, Realtor®

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Comment balloon 22 commentsLottie Kendall • January 11 2018 05:34AM

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Lottie Kendall your photo's do  a great job capturing the beauty of the coastal redwoods.  Did you hear that you can no long just drive to Muir Woods? You need a parking reservation.  Ha!

Posted by Jim Cheney, Rincon Valley Realtor 707.494.1055 (Saint Francis Property Santa Rosa, CA) 10 months ago

You and I have our favorite ways to reach Muir Woods, right Jim Cheney ? Hiking into it from one of the many trails leading deep into the gulch works for me. 

After Monday's rain I stare out the window at Mt. Tam, and my feet twitch--can't wait for a rainy day hike there.

Posted by Lottie Kendall, Serving San Francisco and the Silicon Valley (Compass) 10 months ago

Lottie I feel so bad, I was in your neck of the woods with my friends from Dublin, but time was short...we did Alcatraz & Muir Woods in one day and next day they were flying back... next trip I will give you heads up to see if you are free...ps we were there the night the 4.4 earthquake hit around 2:30am:))Endre

Posted by Endre Barath, Jr., Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002 (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices) 10 months ago

Lottie, Thank you for the information. You always provide great local information. You are the local expert.

Posted by Gita Bantwal, REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel (RE/MAX Centre Realtors) 10 months ago

Good morning Lottie. Your pictures are so enticing and moving and the descriptions enhance them. I wish I could go today.

Posted by Sheila Anderson, The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133 (Referral Group Incorporated) 10 months ago

Lottie, This is on my bucket list to visit one of California's Redwood Parks. I didn't know there were 40. 

Posted by Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®, Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate (Vision Quest Realty, Martha Hilton, Broker) 10 months ago

Hi Endre Barath, Jr. - I certainly understand about time shortage; I hope you had a great trip; we're not far away, so perhaps your next visit will have a bit of time for us to meet up. Did you feel the earthquake when you were here? (I slept through it.)

Posted by Lottie Kendall, Serving San Francisco and the Silicon Valley (Compass) 10 months ago

Hello Gita Bantwal - there are so many things to do in and around San Francisco -- it's hard to pick and choose which ones to celebrate!

Hi Sheila Anderson - I'm hoping your travels will bring you to San Francisco for a few days sometime. I'd love to meet up with you and share a bit of my city with you.

 

Posted by Lottie Kendall, Serving San Francisco and the Silicon Valley (Compass) 10 months ago

Hi Rebecca Gaujot - do we have redwood trees for you! The 40 parks referred to are only State parks; there are many others, Federal (like Muir Woods) and local (numeous parks on the San Francisco peninsula. We even have a couple of small redwood groves right in San Francisco! Come visit!

Posted by Lottie Kendall, Serving San Francisco and the Silicon Valley (Compass) 10 months ago

Lottie next trip will be Diane & I so it will be easily coordinated in advance, yes I woke up since the hotel was a highrise and the steel balls were making loud noises and the building moved after all it was a 4.4:))Endre

Posted by Endre Barath, Jr., Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002 (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices) 10 months ago

I'm on the 7th floor of a steel-frame building -- not even pictures were askew the next morning. My husband happened to be awake and he felt it. I'd love to meet you and Diane on a future trip.

Posted by Lottie Kendall, Serving San Francisco and the Silicon Valley (Compass) 10 months ago

Thank you for sharing Lottie - beautiful!

Posted by Lee Potts, The smarter we work, the luckier you get. (Aloha Group Maui) 10 months ago

Hello, Lee Potts - these snapshots really don't do the redwood forests justice--simply magical! Aloha, L.

Posted by Lottie Kendall, Serving San Francisco and the Silicon Valley (Compass) 10 months ago

I think that I would really enjoy that, such beauty all around us in the world and it is so fun to explore!

Posted by Brian England, MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ (Arizona Focus Realty) 10 months ago

I suspect you would enjoy a good hike through the redwoods, Brian England - put it on your dream list!

Posted by Lottie Kendall, Serving San Francisco and the Silicon Valley (Compass) 10 months ago

Lottie like the saying goes "you snooze you lose".  I would love to take a hike through the redwoods.

Posted by George Souto, Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert (George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages) 10 months ago

As many times as I have been in California I have never done that. It's about time.

Posted by Joe Pryor, REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties (The Virtual Real Estate Team) 10 months ago

George Souto - I'm not surprised these passes go quickly. Everyone likes "free" and most everyone loves the redwood parks.

Joe Pryor - I know of two small groves of redwoods right in the midst of San Francisco; more grand and extensive stands are in Marin County, just over the GG Bridge, and in San Mateo County, next county to the south.

Posted by Lottie Kendall, Serving San Francisco and the Silicon Valley (Compass) 10 months ago

Beautiful spot to get into the woods for a bit of "forest bathing." You show us such cool spots in the San Francisco area to get in touch with Nature. 

Posted by Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD, REALTORS® in Clark County, WA (ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors) 10 months ago

I especially enjoyed the hike to Ladybird Johnson Redwood Grove. It wasn't quite what I had imagined, but still it was a perfect place to lie down on the redwood bed and look up at all of the enormous trees.

Posted by Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Real Estate Agent, Top 1% of Lyon Agents, Put 40 years of experience to work for you (Lyon Real Estate) 10 months ago

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Posted by Lottie Kendall, Serving San Francisco and the Silicon Valley (Compass) 10 months ago

We have many such beautiful natural places in and around San Francisco. It's not hard to find them,@debbjanes

Posted by Lottie Kendall, Serving San Francisco and the Silicon Valley (Compass) 10 months ago

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