Virtual Guidebook to the Northern California Coast and Coast Ranges
Northern Avenue of the Giants
Eel River from Scotia to Dyerville, Humboldt Redwoods State Park California


North of Dyerville, where the South Fork joins the main Eel River, Humboldt Redwood's strip of parkland gets narrower and discontinuous - in places it has been described as "taller than it is wide". There are some exquisite groves here, but it is hard to get away from the roar of traffic on the 101 freeway.

At Holmes and Pepperwood the valley floor widens and the dark forest is replaced by fields and pastures.



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A carpet of oxalis, also known as redwood sorrel, in a redwood grove

(July 15, 2011)


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Lush ferns and other undergrowth in an old-growth redwood grove

(July 15, 2011)


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The Highway 101 freeway above the Avenue of the Giants scenic alternate

(July 15, 2011)


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Soft sandstone bluffs opposite an extensive ox-bow flat

(July 15, 2011)


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Horses in a pasture at Holmes

(July 15, 2011)


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Small farms on one of the larger flats along the lower Eel River

(July 15, 2011)


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This low bridge is submerged by the Eel River during winter and spring high water

(July 15, 2011)


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Old crossing signals like this are about all that remain of the Northwestern Pacific Railroad on the Eel River

(July 15, 2011)


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Small businesses and a private campground in the quiet town of Redcrest

(July 15, 2011)


Next Locality: Founders Grove on the Dyerville Flats