Grizzly Creek Redwoods State Park
There were a number of parking areas along the way that seem to also be part of the park and serve as river access as I drove over to the east section of Grizzly Creek Redwoods State Park, but the one by the visitor center (with an $8 day use fee), central to the trails, was closed with the campground. I tried for the parking marked at the end of the loop through Abe Wouk Grove, but missed it and landed next to a bit of river marked Devil's Elbow and walked along the narrow highway to the trail. It was empty of river goers since it sits far up a cliff from the water.
|Looking down on the Van Duzen River from a bit of old road.|
|Only a small trail sign back in the ferns marks the trail beside the dirt.|
I missed the parking I was aimed for because it is just a dirt loop around a tree at the side of the road and doesn't look official. I started down the trail beside a sign not caring particularly which bit of the loop I was traveling along. There is only a sliver of land between road and river, but it still felt like plunging into the forest. Unfortunately, the sounds of the road never totally went away.
|Abe Wouk Grove is dark and encompassing.|
|I'm sure nefarious ceremonies of learning happen here.|