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Passing through, a full day for visting - what to do?

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Passing through, a full day for visting - what to do?

My family (wife, myself and a 3 and 5 year old) will be passing through the forest and we'll arrive early Tuesday evening and stay two nights so we'll have a full day to spend in the forest. Looking at the Ravenwood Motel in Kalamath. Lady Bird Johnson looks fine to take our kids along on. They're good for a few mile hike. Are Fern Canyon and Gold Bluffs Beach good attractions to plan on seeing with our one day? A guided tour would be cool as well as any tips regarding a bakery/cafe, place for lunch and we dig on good coffee.

Appreciate any input!

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1. Re: Passing through, a full day for visting - what to do?

Looking at this further it looks like on our way in(from I5/Portland area) we could hit the Stout Grove trail at 3pm and then take the Howland Hill Road to Crescent City and then down to Klamath for the first night.

Second day, we could do the The Big Tree Loop and Lady Bird Johnson Grove Trail in the morning.

Just need to figure out lunch and what to do that afternoon/evening?

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2. Re: Passing through, a full day for visting - what to do?

That would be a very long day!

The best coffee & bakeries are in Arcata & Eureka. The Good Harvest Cafe in Crescent City has decent coffee.

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3. Re: Passing through, a full day for visting - what to do?

Hi somegeek

Where are you staying on the second night?

The turn off to Lady Bird Johnson Grove is before the trail head for big tree loop. You may want to skip Lady Bird and do fern canyon instead. There are no redwoods to speak of around fern canyon. Make sure you have some spare dry shoes handy for the little ones if you go to fern canyon.

Lunch in Trinidad.

Have Fun

GP

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4. Re: Passing through, a full day for visting - what to do?

Portland to Crescent City is about 6 hours drive including only a couple of very quick stops for rest areas or fast food stops, not leisurely lunch or any sightseeing.

Yes, you could access Stout Grove then Howland Hill Road but allow about an hour for both.

Klamath has essentially zero places to eat, other than a small cafe/hamburger place. The Requa Inn may be serving dinners to people other than guests so you could check with them ahead of time. Otherwise plan to eat in Crescent City.

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5. Re: Passing through, a full day for visting - what to do?

Half Brit, is that 6 hours from hwy 101 at Portland? In the second post, it seems like they plan on coming in from Portland to the 101.

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6. Re: Passing through, a full day for visting - what to do?

Oh no, that's 6 hours straight south on I-5 to Grants Pass then 199 to Crescent City.

Hwy 101 south from the northern Ore coast would take about 9 hours +, without any stops!

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