Virtual Guidebook to the Redwood National and State Parks
Bald Hills Road
North of Redwood Creek, Redwood National Park California


The long ridge north of Redwood Creek is crowned with a series of meadows, suggesting the name Bald Hills. The grasslands, locally known as prairies, alternate with forest. Just past the Lady Bird Johnson Grove there is a magnificent example of forest known (inaccurately) as Pine Point, where the Douglas fir rival the redwoods in size.

The prairies provide fine views over the southernmost unit of Redwood National Park. Native flora and fauna, most notably a herd of Roosevelt elk, are being restored. The ravages of past ruthless logging, mostly logging roads, are being repaired. Several hiking trails lead through the grasslands and down into the forest, including one to the Tall Trees Grove.



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Rhododendrons in the redwood forest on the Bald Hills Ridge

(June 19, 2004)


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Old growth Douglas fir at Pine Point on the Bald Hills Road

(August 9, 2008)


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Western hemlock, Douglas fir and redwood growing together at Pine Point

(August 9, 2008)


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Second growth forest on precipitous slopes along C-Line Road

(August 9, 2008)


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Elk Camp Prairie on the Bald Hills Road

(August 8, 2008)


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Summer fog pulling back from Elk Camp Prairie

(August 9, 2008)


Next Locality: The Lyons Ranch Trail