360° VR Panoramas of the Northern California Coast, Coast Ranges, and Redwood Highway
The Northern Section of the Avenue of the Giants
Eel River from Scotia to Dyerville, Humboldt Redwoods State Park, California

North of Dyerville, where the South Fork joins the main Eel River, Humboldt Redwood's strip of parkland gets narrower and discontinuous - in places it has been described as "taller than it is wide". There are some exquisite groves here, but it is hard to get away from the roar of traffic on the 101 freeway.

At Holmes and Pepperwood the valley floor widens and the dark forest is replaced by fields and pastures.


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Lush ferns in an old growth redwood grove

Lush ferns in an old growth redwood grove

Lush ferns and other undergrowth in an old-growth redwood grove

near Elinor Road at the north end of the Avenue of the Giants Scenic Alternate to Highway 101, California

Date photographed: July 15, 2011
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Carpet of oxalis under tall redwoods

Carpet of oxalis under tall redwoods

A carpet of oxalis, also known as redwood sorrel, in a redwood grove

near Elinor Road at the north end of the Avenue of the Giants Scenic Alternate to Highway 101, California

Date photographed: July 15, 2011
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Highway 101 and the Avenue of the Giants

Highway 101 and the Avenue of the Giants

The Highway 101 freeway above the Avenue of the Giants scenic alternate

Bear Creek on the Avenue of the Giants Scenic Alternate to Highway 101, California

Date photographed: July 15, 2011
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Sandstone bluffs on the Eel River at Holmes

Sandstone bluffs on the Eel River at Holmes

Soft sandstone bluffs opposite an extensive ox-bow flat

Eel River at Holmes, California

Date photographed: July 15, 2011
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Small farms at Holmes on the Eel River

Small farms at Holmes on the Eel River

Small farms on one of the larger flats along the lower Eel River

Holmes, California

Date photographed: July 15, 2011
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Horses in a pasture at Holmes

Horses in a pasture at Holmes

Horses in a pasture at Holmes

on the Eel River, California

Date photographed: July 15, 2011
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Submersible bridge over the Eel River at Holmes

Submersible bridge over the Eel River at Holmes

This low bridge is submerged by the Eel River during winter and spring high water

Holmes, California

Date photographed: July 15, 2011
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NWP crossing signal near Holmes on the Eel River

NWP crossing signal near Holmes on the Eel River

Old crossing signals like this are about all that remain of the Northwestern Pacific Railroad on the Eel River

Larabee, near Holmes on the Eel River, California

Date photographed: July 15, 2011
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The quiet town of Redcrest on the Avenue of the Giants

The quiet town of Redcrest on the Avenue of the Giants

Small businesses and a private campground in the quiet town of Redcrest

Avenue of the Giants Scenic Alternate to Highway 101, California

Date photographed: July 15, 2011
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