5 ideas to spend spring and summer in state parks

Winter has transitioned into spring and that means warmer weather is on the way – or already here! We asked some of our supporters to share their favorite photos and activities during the spring and summer in California. Here are 5 suggestions for spending these sunny seasons in state parks!

Paulina Dao 2“I love Salt Point State Park because the views are unbeatable and you can’t go wrong with sandstone climbing on the coast. I like Castle Rock State Park because it’s accessible to the Bay Area and there are hundreds of problems (climbing routes) to try for bouldering and ropes. I also like Castle Crag State Park because it’s such a beautiful granite outcropping.”

– Paulina Dao, San Francisco

 

Bob Allen 2“Winter and early spring at Anza-Borrego Desert State Park are great times to hike and photograph. This January, a day after rainfall, three male Peninsular bighorn sheep were grazing along the Borrego Palm Canyon trail and didn’t mind as we watched and photographed them. Farther up canyon, California fan palms grow in areas of high groundwater and towered above us.”

– Bob Allen, Mission Viejo

 

 

Samantha Joseph

“During the spring, I love ‘glamping’ in the yurts at Bothe-Napa Valley State Park! It’s so much fun to explore the park’s beautiful hiking trails as well as the rich history of the nearby Bale Grist Mill.”

– Samantha Joseph, Oakland

 

 

Brenda Chi 2“I love Los Angeles State Historic Park in the spring! It’s a peaceful park for something so close to the city. Allows me to have the best of both worlds, I get to walk around Chinatown and look at the shops and I get to go to a park and sit and relax.”

– Brenda Chi, Los Angeles

 

Stein 2

“Getting up early, loading the kayaks, packing a thermos of coffee & bagels, then heading to the Rat Farm. Destination: Ahjumawi Lava Springs State Park.”

– Steve and Sharon Stein, Hawthorne

Let us know your favorite parks for spring and summer by tweeting to us at @calparks!

Thanksgiving week in Big Basin Redwoods State Park!

Big Basin Redwoods State Park is California’s oldest State Park, established in 1902. This park features ancient coast redwoods that are among the tallest and oldest trees on Earth. These California trees can reach higher than 320 feet, and their trunks can grow more than 27 feet wide. And these trees can live for more than 2,000 years! In this park you can enjoy spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean, lush waterfalls, more than 80 miles of roads and trails, and a fascinating natural and cultural history. Here are some events to check out this week!

Thanksgiving Day, November 26

All hikes start at Park Headquarters

Redwood Grove Loop Walk – 11 am and 2 pm, 0.5 mi
A 0.5 mile stroll through a magnificent old growth redwood forest. See the famous Mother Tree, the Father of the Forest and the incredible Chimney Tree on this 90 minute walk.

The Road Less Traveled – A Dog-Friendly Walk – 9:30 am, 3 mi
On North Escape Road, a paved road closed to traffic. A three mile, two hour round trip walk with a docent. See stunning old-growth redwood groves along beautiful Opal Creek. With a discussion about redwood ecology and park history.

 

Black Friday, November 27

All hikes start at Park Headquarters

Meteor Trail Hike – 10:30 am, 6 mi
A docent will be leading a hike that features mountain streams, oak woodlands, chaparral and redwoods. There will be a discussion of forests, flowers and fires on a six mile, 3.5 hour hike.

Redwood Grove Loop Walk – 11 am and 2 pm, 0.5 mi
A 0.5 mile stroll through a magnificent old growth redwood forest. See the famous Mother Tree, the Father of the Forest and the incredible Chimney Tree on this 90 minute walk.

Coffee Talk and Crafts – 9 am to Noon
The Sempervirens Room next to Park Headquarters will have free coffee or hot chocolate. A docent will be there to answer any questions. There will also be a craft activity got kids!

 

Saturday, November 28

All hikes start at Park Headquarters

The Road Less Traveled – A Dog-Friendly Walk – 9:30 am, 3 mi
On North Escape Road, a paved road closed to traffic. A three mile, two hour roundtrip walk with a docent. See stunning old-growth redwood groves along beautiful Opal Creek. With a discussion about redwood ecology and park history.

Redwood Grove Loop Walk – 11 am and 2 pm, 0.5 mi
A 0.5 mile stroll through a magnificent old growth redwood forest. See the famous Mother Tree, the Father of the Forest and the incredible Chimney Tree on this 90 minute walk.

 

Sunday, November 29

All hikes start at Park Headquarters

Redwood Grove Loop Walk – 11 am and 2 pm, 0.5 mi
A 0.5 mile stroll through a magnificent old growth redwood forest. See the famous Mother Tree, the Father of the Forest and the incredible Chimney Tree on this 90 minute walk.

Art, Books and Coffee – 9:30 am to 12:30 pm
In the beautiful redwood Sempervirens Room, choose a book or two to read with your family, while sipping coffee, tea or hot chocolate next to a roaring fire. There will be a docent available to help you find the perfect book for your family to enjoy, answer your questions about the park and provide an artful craft for your children.

 

Photos: Redwood photos by Sean Peck. Sign photo by Charles Tu