Pacific NW Hiking and Road Trip – Part 1

After getting our Tesla and no longer having mileage limitation on our vehicle, we started planning a hiking vacation by car north to British Columbia. We spent a lot of time researching the various hikes that sounded really scenic and reserved our hotels and planned our supercharging stops accordingly.

We would travel up the California (Part 1) and Oregon coasts (Part 2) (hiking and visiting craft breweries) to our destination in Washington-The Olympic National Park. (Part 3)

From there we would take the ferry across to Victoria with the sole intention of visiting Butchart Gardens. (Part 4) We took another ferry from Victoria Island to Horseshoe Bay, north of Vancouver. We stayed 3 nights in Squamish, BC (Part 5) before continuing north to Pemberton where we had found an incredible hike that would be our ultimate goal on this trip. (Part 6)

On our way south, (Part 7) we spent a couple of nights in Mt. Rainer for our final hiking on the trip. Our visit to Mt. Rainer was effected by the fires that started on the first day of our trip. The heat, combined with lack of water was the perfect combination for the start of fires. Smoke filled the air and effected visibility and road conditions for pretty much the last week of our trip. 

Monday, July 23rd:
Our first stop was the Humboldt Redwoods State Park via the Avenue of the Giants (redwood trees. It’s so hard to capture the enormity of these magnificent giants in photos. We don’t normally include ourselves in the photos, but standing in front of these giants gives one a much better perspective of their size. We took a number of short walks through the redwood groves. The forest floor was covered with fallen giant redwoods. Their massive roots lay artistically in the beginning  but eventually become starting grounds for new growth. 

Burls are large knots in the bark of the trunk from stress points in the trees history. With a little imagination one can see rabbits and other figures in the burls. 

Humboldt Redwoods was quite busy as there are many short easy trails. Our most enjoyable one was the Rockefeller Loop Trail. It was here that John D. Rockefeller, after visiting the redwoods and having lunch with the Save the Redwoods League leaders on July 6, 1926, wrote a check on the spot to support the preservation efforts of the group. The longer walk through this grove was incredible. The sunlight filtering through the massive redwoods cast hologram-like effects. A simply beautiful walk at the start of our trip. We ended our first day in Eureka. Home of Lost Coast Brewery

Tuesday, July 24th:
We started our hiking day traveling on the Newton Drury Scenic Parkway in Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park. Boy was the road scenic! Every 1/2 a mile or so you could park and wander on short well groomed trails. The weather has been abnormally warm and there’s been little to no rain in months. 

Continued on Part 2 – Oregon Coast