Redwood National Park

Only 3% of the Redwoods that originally blanketed the Pacific Coast still stand. Come walk through time in beautiful Redwood National Park where the few remaining old growth redwoods are preserved from being cut down to make decks and picnic tables. You will walk through groves of leviathan trees that are centuries or even millenia old and can grow more than 350' tall.

Our trip will begin in Redwood National Park and morph into Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park. You may see herds of regal Roosevelt Elk, catch glimpses of whales from scenic outlooks high above the pacific, view a black bear or perhaps see a sea otter or the rare and endangered marbled murrelet. If you've never seen the Pacific Coast or a Redwood Tree, this is the trip for you.


The Redwood National Park Fitpacking Trip will be from Jul 14-22, 2013. Here is the proposed itinerary.

Our journey will begin in Redwood National Park where we'll start at Dolasson Prairie and head down to Redwood Creek. We'll visit the Tall Trees Grove featuring trees over 350' tall. Then we'll take head down Redwood Creek to the Skunk Cabbage Trail and onto the sand along the beautiful Pacific Coast. From the beach we head into Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park where you are almost certain to see majestic Roosevelt Elk (and you can get a shower). We spend the rest of the trip in Prairie Creek along the Ocean, on the beach, among old growth redwoods, and in Fern Canyon, a primieval place where some scenes in Jurassic Park were filmed.


The trails through Redwood National Park are well groomed with good footing and moderate elevation gain and loss (although it may not always seem like that while hiking). Difficulties arise because there are days of 10+ mile hikes planned, with some of it on the beach which although flat can retard progress. The upside is that you get stronger as you hike and that continually changing incredible scenery will keep you engaged.


Weather is always an important concern when hiking. Expect daytime hiking temperatures in the 60s and 70s and nighttime temperatures in the 40s & 50s. However, be prepared for the possibility of day temperatures as high as 80 and as low as 30. Here is the historical June weather. On the July 2009 trip, the weather was so mild and clear, we were able to sleep out under the stars almost every night.

Trip Leaders

Rick Romine lives in Pleasanton, CA and is a Wilderness Medicine Institute certified Wilderness First Responder. A life long outdoor enthusiast, Rick is the founder of the wilderness education site Rick has been leading backpacking treks and teaching outdoor skills to both youth and adults for over 10 years.

2nd guide TBD

Equipment List

Here is a list of equipment we suggest you bring. The list is extensive and can seem daunting, but please don't let this deter you from the trip. You can rent top notch quality gear for reasonable prices from Traverse Outfitters, Lower Gear or Outdoors Geek. It may also be possible for us to provide some gear for you at a nominal fee if you let us know far ahead of the trip. Unfortunately, we're not in the gear business so the selection of our available inventory is unpredictable. Please feel free to discuss any gear with us before the trip.


We don't believe in austere eating regimens. Backpacking is a rigorous, rewarding activity. You must feed your body in order for it perform. Your body will dictate that you eat often, so it's important to have fuel to feed it. Please check out the sample menus. This list is not comprehensive and may be altered or augmented. If you want to bring personal food, say a 5 pound chocolate cake, go for it. You'll not only hate carrying it over 100 miles through the Redwoods, your body will reject the empty calories and prefer nutritious food.


$1225 per person double occupancy. Here, double occupancy means that you will share a room with another participant during the 2 hotel nights. You will also be responsible for transportation to and from Eureka/Arcata (ACV), personal equipment and any restaurant meals eaten off the trail.

Covered expenses include 2 hotel nights, campground fees, 7 days of trail meals, ground transportation, National Park permits, Finnish baths and sauna, insurance, and 2 awesome guides.