Saturday, December 31, 2011

Trees of Mystery - Hwy. 101 Klamath, Calif.

 Paul Bunyan and sidekick Blue Ox. (Julianne G. Crane)
For more than 50 years, the Trees of Mystery in northern California has been a favorite stopover for many travelers driving along U.S. Highway 101. (My first visit was back in the mid-60s.)

This attraction sits in the center of Redwood National and State Parks. The 49-foot-tall statue of mythic logger Paul Bunyan and his 35-foot sidekick, Babe the Blue Ox, welcome visitors and stand guard over the entrance to the park.

  Cathedral tree. (Julianne G. Crane)
This is a super family destination where folks of all ages can stroll among some of the most awe-inspiring ancient trees in the world. A paved trail winds through the forest, past remarkable old-growth trees that resemble candelabras and cathedrals. Don't miss the giant, 2,000-year-old Sequoia.

In 2001, the park added the handicapped accessible Sky Trail gondola ride that glides 1,570 feet (one-way), at times more than 500 feet above the forest floor and ends at a breath taking ocean and forest view point. (There is a shuttle to the Sky Trail loading area for those who cannot easily walk the trail.)

RVers will appreciate that pet companions on leashes are welcome on all the hiking trails and gondola ride.
View from Sky Trail ride. (Julianne G. Crane)

The free End of the Trail Museum, attached to the gift shop, is said to be "one of the largest privately owned world class museums there is." Allow at least 1/2-day for this stop on your RVing itinerary.

If you go --

Trees of Mystery

15500 U.S. Hwy 101 N
Klamath, CA 95548
36 miles south of Oregon border and 360 miles north of San Francisco
Hours: Open every day except Christmas
(800) 638-3389 to double check current hours
General admission: $15 (13-59); Seniors: $11 (60+); Youngsters: $8 (7 to 12); Children 6 and under: Free

(Information updated 5/28/2015)

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  1. Another must see when the area. We visited there in 04. Both of us enjoyed it very much

  2. Thanks for your comment. I like visiting because it is so accessible ... and the Sky Ride has added a whole new perspective on the magical forest.