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Smith River California to Crescent City California ~ Ocean Pictures ~ Redwoods Forest

Updated on September 14, 2016

Sunset in Smith River, California

Sunset in Smith River as viewed from our balcony.
Sunset in Smith River as viewed from our balcony. | Source

Ship Ashore Resort


This was our destination to rest our heads after our jet boat ride on the Rogue River in Grants Pass, Oregon. This next leg of my mother's, niece's and my trip would have us seeing some of northern California at Smith River, California and down to Crescent City, California where we would take in additional sites like the majestic redwoods forest. Ocean pics were taken as well as forested ones.

Come along and join us on this leg of our journey!

It took much longer than anticipated to drive from Grants Pass to Smith River because of many curves in the road and speeds of only 25 miles per hour. Because of having reservations we pushed on and shortly after arriving enjoyed a magnificent sunset over the Pacific ocean.

The Ship Ashore Resort in Smith River is situated overlooking the water, so we had a terrific and unobstructed view of the setting sun.


Seagulls on our balcony railing.
Seagulls on our balcony railing. | Source

Sunset Pacific


This Ship Ashore Resort has a prime spot with regard to the Smith River and Pacific Ocean. The views are terrific and I made use of my camera to record the brilliant sunset over the water.

Seagulls are in abundance and the waitress at the restaurant invited us to take the remaining bread from the basket that was served at our table during dinner to feed the seagulls that perched on our balcony railing.

Obviously the seagulls are used to being regaled with extra bread like this!

Beautiful sunset in Smith River, California

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Hand-feeding seagulls

My niece feeding the seagulls.
My niece feeding the seagulls. | Source

Seagull pictures


We paid the price for this largess!

The next morning at the crack of dawn we had noisy and boisterous seagulls squawking and begging for another helping of bread.

No need for an alarm clock!!!

My niece had fun obliging the seagull's desires. They kept us entertained with their antics until we needed to get on with our planned activities for the day.

Seagulls eating out of our hands

The seagulls ate right out of our hands.
The seagulls ate right out of our hands. | Source

Location of Ship Ashore Resort

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12370 Hwy 101, Smith River, CA 95567, USA
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Smith River, northern California

Smith River California


Most all of our two week vacation that year was spent in Oregon.

Smith River is a very small unincorporated town in the very northwestern tip of California just below the State of Oregon.

The primary reason that we came to this area was because my mother wanted to see some of the famous tall redwood trees and experience their grandeur in person. Thus it was worked into our sightseeing plans.

It would be the first time for my niece to see them as well.


Battery Point Lighthouse

Crescent City California


We headed south to Crescent City, California which is only 12 miles or so ( 19 km ) from Smith River.


After an easy drive our first stop was to visit the Battery Point Lighthouse.


Normally one can walk right up to it but when the tide rolls in the path is obliterated.

Unfortunately for us, it was high tide so we could only view it from a distance.


It was one of the first lighthouses built along the California coast so has great historical significance.


Had we been able to walk over to it, we could have toured the interior and have seen period furnishings.


As it was, we had to just look at it from a distance.

Battery Point Lighthouse in background

Lighthouse is in the background hidden behind that tree.
Lighthouse is in the background hidden behind that tree. | Source
High tide cutting off access to the Battery Point Lighthouse.
High tide cutting off access to the Battery Point Lighthouse. | Source

Crescent City, California Beach

Ocean Pics


Getting ocean pictures of this rugged coastline in northern California is easy.


Crescent City juts out into the Pacific and it makes for some pretty spectacular scenery.


That location has also caused problems for the local residents.


Tsunami prone, this part of the United States has been hit with large damaging ocean waves causing great destruction and even deaths.

As recent as the devastating 9.0 earthquake in Japan on March 11, 2011, damage was done to property and a death was reported as well when about 8 feet of water came crashing ashore.


Fortunately for us the weather was agreeable and we simply enjoyed the ocean views picking up a few interesting rocks as souvenirs along the way.

Crescent City, California shoreline

Rocky shoreline at Crescent City, California.
Rocky shoreline at Crescent City, California. | Source

Crescent City Beautiful Places

It is easy to see from the map below how Crescent City juts out into the ocean making it more vulnerable to tsunami's than other areas.

Crescent City, California

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Crescent City, CA, USA
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Sea Lions at Crescent City California

A walk among the Giants

Redwoods Forest


Crescent City is the gateway to some of the giant redwood trees of California.

My mother, niece and I found a picnic table in the Lady Bird Johnson Grove and enjoyed a lunch of some Indian style smoked salmon jerky that we had purchased locally to add to our other more typical picnic offerings.

We had some interested blue jays that were willing to gather any crumbs left behind.

It was then time to see and marvel at the spectacular redwood trees.

Redwoods forest

Redwoods and ferns
Redwoods and ferns | Source

Redwoods: The Tallest Trees

Redwood National Park

Redwood National Park in California
Redwood National Park in California | Source

Giant Redwood trees California


The Lady Bird Johnson Grove is a part of the National Park.

In addition to the Redwood National Park, there are a number of State Parks which have these coastal redwoods growing in various places along the California coastline.

These redwoods which are the tallest living things on our planet...some thousands of years old!...have amazingly shallow roots. Many are no more than about 10 feet in depth but do spread out for great distances.

Most of the mature trees are anywhere between 300 to 350 feet tall!

They have massive trunks and can survive fires that have occurred over the centuries. In fact, hollowed out trunks of trees that are still alive have been used for shelter for both people and animals.

Redwood National Park photo

My niece in the Redwood National Park
My niece in the Redwood National Park | Source

Scenery in Redwoods National Park

Look at the size of the ferns in the Redwood forest!
Look at the size of the ferns in the Redwood forest! | Source
My mother and niece in the Redwoods
My mother and niece in the Redwoods | Source

The trees we were viewing, the coastal redwoods ( sequoia sempervivens ) are not to be confused with the giant sequoias ( sequoiadendron giganteum ) that grow in the Sierra Nevada Mountain range in Eastern California. The latter while not necessarily as tall, grow even wider girths and are truly massive trees. In the past, cars were allowed to drive through the middle of these hollowed out trees.

Those were the trees that my mother was actually thinking of and wanting to see because of hearing about them from her parents who had traveled and experienced them many years prior. But she mistakenly said redwoods instead of sequoias when I was planning the trip.

Not to worry!

She was amazed and loved what she saw while walking through the Redwood National Park.

But then who wouldn't be awed! It certainly makes one feel insignificant and small when realizing that these trees were here before Christ and others walked the earth!

Differences and similarities between Redwood and Sequoia Trees...

Redwoods & Sequoias
Redwoods 
Sequoias 
Which tend to be taller? 
 
Which are larger overall in mass? 
 
Grow along the Calif. coast? 
 
Grow in the Sierra Nevada Mtn.'s of California?
 
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Have been harvested for lumber?
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Resistant to fire and insects?
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Some of them protected in National Parks?
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Can live up to several thousand of years old?
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Scenic Northern California Redwoods and large elk herd

Look at the size of that redwood tree!

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Hope that you learned a bit about this most northwestern tip of California from Smith River to Crescent City if you were unfamiliar with it. The coastline and Battery Point Lighthouse is interesting and the Redwood National Park is magnificent. Getting to see all of this made for one very special day of our vacation trip!

Redwood National Park

A markerRedwood National Park -
Redwood National Park, 1111 2nd St, Crescent City, CA 95531-4123, USA
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      Peggy Woods 3 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello justmesuzanne,

      Thanks for the votes up and share. Sorry for the late response to this. I have been busy writing on another site as well as maintaining this one.

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      justmesuzanne 3 years ago from Texas

      Lovely! Voted up, beautiful and shared! :)

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Deborah,

      So happy to hear that you liked this look at parts north of the Napa Valley in California. I really enjoyed that trip with my mother and niece many years ago. Thanks for your comment.

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      Deborah Neyens 4 years ago from Iowa

      I've never been farther north in California than Napa County. Thanks for taking me along on your journey. Your photos are beautiful!

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Rajan,

      So happy to be able to introduce you to these scenic seacoast areas in California. Yes...the redwoods are magnificent! Thanks for your comment and the rest.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Loved the natural beauty of the redwood trees. They are indeed massive. The sunset picture is also beautiful. This was an interesting and informative read of places I hadn't heard of at all.

      Voted up and beautiful and passing it on.

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Alastar,

      Glad to know that you liked learning about the scenery going up the west coast of California. We loved the various beaches, scenery including the redwoods and more. I've never been to Maine, but I can well imagine that some of the rocky coastlines are similar from east to west. Thanks for your comment, votes and share.

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      Alastar Packer 4 years ago from North Carolina

      Perfectly lovely hub on the resort, Smith River and Crescent City, Peggy. The little isle cut-off by the tide is just like one in Maine i know. The photos are really marvelous with your mother and niece. Tug-of-war round the Redwood tree ha ha. Up awe and shared!

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Eddy,

      Nice to see you back here on HP leaving comments. Very happy to be able to share photos and descriptions of the redwoods and beautiful beach scenery in northern California with you. Thanks for the share on FB.

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi James,

      Nice to be able to show you the northern part of California with descriptions and photos. We loved it! I have never been to the southernmost parts of California. Have you written about visiting there? Appreciate your comment.

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      Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

      This Peggy is another masterpiece and another for my Armchair Travelling.

      Thanks for all your hard work because this is what every one of your hubs as brilliant as they are.

      Here's to so many more to come.

      I am sharing onto my FB pages too.

      Eddy.

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      James A Watkins 4 years ago from Chicago

      I have only been to Southern California so I was excited to see you have written about this area, to which I have long longed to go. It is surely a beautiful place. Thank you for the excellent reportage and gorgeous photographs (as always). :-)

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Alicia,

      Hope that you get to those coastal areas of California someday and get to walk along those beautiful beaches with the pounding surf. Ah...you transported me back there in memory by commenting on this hub. Thank you! :)

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi ripplemaker,

      If you go to California next year as planned, you will have many beautiful sites to see. Decisions will be hard depending upon the time you have as there are innumerable places worth your time and effort. Thanks for your comment on this hub. Always nice hearing from you, Michelle. :)

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      Linda Crampton 5 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Thanks for letting me continue my virtual travels by reading your hub and looking at its media, Peggy. I loved the sea lion video. I enjoy walking through forests and looking at huge and awesome trees like redwoods, but my favourite type of walk is beside or on the seashore. I hope to visit some of the places that you describe some day. Thank you for sharing another very enjoyable hub.

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      Michelle Simtoco 5 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      Someday maybe I'd get to visit California....maybe next year :) Beautiful photos Peggy!! I enjoyed my virtual tour with you. Blessings always.

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      Peggy Woods 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Billy,

      So...Bigfoot has been seen tromping through the redwoods forest areas? At least I can say that MY bigfeet have been there! Haha!

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      billyaustindillon 6 years ago

      Saw there was another reported bigfoot sighting which brought me back to your hub. Funny how the reporting always pop up around holidays.

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      Peggy Woods 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello quester.ltd,

      The redwoods forest gives me the feeling of being in a cathedral. The awe inspiring natural beauty and scents and grandeur surpasses anything that man can create. Wish that my mother could have seen both the cypress and redwoods. They are all magnificent. Thanks for your visit and comment.

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      quester.ltd 6 years ago

      Peggy - love the pictures. I love the redwoods and in the area you have above.

      A friend, who is not a religious man, said to me that visiting the Redwoods is like looking in the face of God - you have to be awe no matter what.

      I am glad your Mom made the mistake of saying redwoods - they are truly wondrous to behold

      God Bless

      q

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      Peggy Woods 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Prasetio,

      Happy to hear that you enjoyed this hub about visiting the northern coastline of California including the beautiful redwoods forest area. Thanks for your comment and vote up. :))

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      prasetio30 6 years ago from malang-indonesia

      Beautiful, Peggy. I always love all your hub about beautiful place you had ever visited, including this one. I am glad to know how you made all your hubs looks so wonderful by completed stunning pictures. You have done a great job. Vote up as always. Cheers...

      Prasetio

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      Peggy Woods 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi mdlawyer,

      So happy to know that you enjoyed this northern California hub with the ocean pics and the redwoods. Thanks for your votes and comment.

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      mdlawyer 6 years ago

      Very fascinating, enchanting!! VOTED UP AND RATED BEAUTIFUL!! AWESOME!!!

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      Peggy Woods 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi John Sarkis,

      Nice to know that you liked this hub of ocean pics going up the northern California coast, plus the redwoods. Thanks for leaving a comment.

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      John Sarkis 6 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      awesome hub with neat photos

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      Peggy Woods 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Hello, hello,

      Glad that you enjoyed this hub showing California from Smith River to Crescent City and the Redwoods forest. Thanks for your comment.

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      Peggy Woods 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello Simone,

      Ah yes...the smell of forests like the Redwoods forested areas are great indeed. Mmmm...can almost smell them from memory! Glad you liked the pictures. Thanks!

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      Peggy Woods 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Billy,

      I have to agree that the Redwood forests are a great national treasure. Nice to hear that you enjoy these hubs about trips taken in the past. It is fun for me to relive them in this way also. Thanks for the comment.

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      Hello, hello, 6 years ago from London, UK

      Thank you for showing all around. It was wonderful. Great hub.

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      Simone Haruko Smith 6 years ago from San Francisco

      I have always loved Redwood National park. Everyone thinks about the majesty of the forest, but it's all about the smell for me! Great Hub. Your photos are beautiful!

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      billyaustindillon 6 years ago

      You have had some great trips Peggy - and you always put together a great travel itinerary for your readers. The Redwood forests are one of America's great natural treasures

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      Peggy Woods 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Cheryl,

      Those were some good times traveling together with my mother and niece. So glad that my mother got to see the redwoods forest and only wish she had lived long enough to go back and see the giant sequoia trees. Thanks for your comment and hope that you get to see these majestic trees for yourself someday.

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      Cheryl J. 6 years ago from Houston, TX

      Peggy,

      Your beautiful pictures of California and your family are very inviting. Your information on Smith River California and Crescent City California is really beautiful. I would love to see the giant redwood trees. Great photos and videos.

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      Peggy Woods 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Gene,

      Happy to have been able to introduce Smith River California and Crescent City California to you. Have you seen any redwoods in any other location? Thanks for the comment.

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      Peggy Woods 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello vietnamvet68,

      Nice to hear that you enjoyed this hub trip through the redwoods. Thanks!

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      Peggy Woods 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Pamela,

      I know from reading some of your hubs that you also like traveling. You do a great job with your photos and descriptions. Always look forward to reading your hubs. Glad you liked this one about the northwestern tip of California. Thanks for commenting.

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      Peggy Woods 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Becky,

      Happy to be able to share these wonderful vacations that we shared those many years ago with you and others. That part of California from Smith River to Crescent City is really pretty and of course, the Redwoods Forest...outstanding! Thanks for your comment.

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      Peggy Woods 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Stephanie,

      Yes...those redwoods are so magnificent. Glad that this brought back happy memories of your trips out that way.

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      Peggy Woods 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi dahoglund,

      The tall redwoods are truly something to be experienced in person. To me it is like being in the grandest cathedral imaginable. Thanks for the comment.

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      Peggy Woods 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Eiddwen,

      So glad that you enjoyed this hub about things seen in the upper northwest corner of California. Thanks for the compliments and comment.

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      Gene Jasper 6 years ago

      Another place I've never seen but want to visit, thanks to you.

      Gene

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      vietnamvet68 6 years ago from New York State

      loved taking the trip through the Redwood forest and lovely pictures.

      God Bless

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      Pamela Oglesby 6 years ago from United States

      What a fantastic trip. I love traveling along the CA coast. Your picture are beautiful. Voted up.

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      Becky 6 years ago from Oklahoma

      Peggy, the pictures are outstanding. Thank you for sharing your memories of the special time you, your mom and niece shared on this adventure. Voted up and awesome.

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      Stephanie Henkel 6 years ago from USA

      I love your Pacific sunset pictures, Peggy! and the rest of your article brought back some great memories of our trip to the California coast some years ago. Reading your hub reminded me of how awed I was by the giant redwoods— I'd love to go back again!

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      Peggy Woods 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Micky,

      My mother is now in heaven and my niece has a daughter older than she was in these pictures. I am merely reliving these past travels by sharing them with you and others on these hubs. The nice thing is that the scenery does not substantially change and the places we stayed are both still in operation. The majestic redwoods will outlast all of us! Thanks for the wonderful first comment. Bless you too, Micky!

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      Don A. Hoglund 6 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

      Certainly an attractive part of the country.It would be nice to see those giant redwoods. Up and beautiful.

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      Eiddwen 6 years ago from Wales

      Another for my 'Armchair travelling.'

      Your hubs Peggy are brilliant and I am not just saying that , I mean it.

      As Micky says they are so well presented and i imagine myself to be rigt there in your hub.

      Thank you so much for sharing this one as well.

      Take care

      Eiddwen.

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      Micky Dee 6 years ago

      Beautiful Peggy. I do so love to see your niece and mom in the pics. You are so consistently wonderful in your presentations. Thank you for this respite. I love you Peggy dear. God bless your family.