Walk in the Woods - Jedediah Smith Redwood State, California

Shooting the redwoods is simply a great experience. The challenge of planning a trip there is selecting where to go. Why? The redwoods stretch for about 470 miles down the coast of California (there are some in the southernmost part of Oregon) and the National Park is actually made up of several State Parks that surround the National Park and they are all run as one big park. If you are coming south from Oregon, the first place you should stop at is Stout Grove. The road there has pretty narrow dirty holes with quite the number of potholes. Once there, the parking is limited and I am sure that visiting in the summer would be a challenge. There is a loop trail that is a little over a half-mile long and pretty flat. There you will be treated with some of the tallest trees in the world. The tallest redwood in Stout Grove is 342 feet tall (the tallest known one is 380 feet tall) and it is extremely difficult to convey its size through a photograph -- I know as I have tried. It is safe to say that you must see the redwoods in person to get a sense of how big they really are. I liked these particular trees, as the light was really nice on them, which I hope accentuates how tall they are.