The eight mile drive along U.S. Highway 199 east from Crescent City took us past the Jedediah Smith Redwoods National and State Park entrance and on through the town of Hiouchi.
We crossed the Smith River and turned, following signs to Stout Grove. Here is some of what we passed along the way.
|A tiny covered bridge...
It took three times circling the small parking lot to get a parking place. There aren't more than 12 spaces and some people parked their cars along the roadside.
|Dogs are not allowed on the trail of Stout Grove
|A downed redwood near the entry to the Stout Grove walking loop.
|Nature's most perfect ground cover
The widow of a lumber baron, Mrs. Clara Stout, donated this 44 acres grove to the "Save The Redwoods League" in 1929 to save the trees from being logged and to memorialize her late husband.
|Wayne standing behind waist high ferns and in front of the huge Redwood trunk.
Whatever the reason, Stout Grove is among the most humbling forest I've ever visited.
|A closeup of the previous shot
|I like to stand near anything that makes me look smaller.
|Howland Hill Road
Leaving Stout Grove, we took Howland Hill Road again, this time going the other direction returning to Crescent City. This route was also about 6 miles, winding, narrow and dusty -- but oh, so worth it.
|More of Howland Hill Road
|And still more of Howland Hill Road.