Our Trip to Redwood Regional Park

One of the coolest things about living in Northern California is that any direction we drive in will take us to amazing nature spots. RedwoodRegionalPark

Of course, there are the big parks like Yosemite and Redwood National, but there's also smaller pockets of nature right in our (relative) backyard. One of my 2018 goals is to be more active, so I've been on the hunt for new outdoor spaces to check out — which is what brought us to Redwood Regional Park.

Literally only 30 minutes from our front door is the largest population of natural redwoods in California, and it is incredible. An ambling ~7-mile hike took us through only about half of the park, but on a grand tour of the various terrains. We went from humid ridges overlooking neighborhoods into foggy valleys of towering trees. (We also had to climb back out of said valley, where I was reminded that being more active is a very necessary goal).

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While I hiked all the time in college, I've fallen out of practice and it's been so long since I've gotten out to explore. It felt great to strap my boots on again and do some walking! We want to plan a trip to Yosemite as soon as we can, and I hope to hit up Big Sur at some point, too. It seems like there are so many parks and so little time, but thankfully with such forgiving weather, any season is hiking season here! I have a few more pictures I'll be sharing on here and Instagram so be sure to keep an eye out.

If you have any favorite lesser-known California hikes, please send them my way!