Highway 299 crosses the high North Coast Ranges just north of Humboldt Bay. It passes through a verdant valley containing the town of Blue Lake and a huge Indian casino, then climbs over two summits before dropping to the Trinity River.
The dense second growth forests here give way to pasturelands that stretch all the way to the Eel River. The coastline consists of a very long sandy beach backed by dunes and the estuary of the Mad River.
Azalea State ReserveStill a few late season azaleas blooming in mid-July
Azalea State Reserve, near McKinleyville, CaliforniaDate photographed: July 17, 2011
Berry Summit Vista PointThe thoroughy fenced-off vista point at Berry Summit above upper Redwood Creek
Highway 299 between the towns of Blue Lake and Willow Creek, CaliforniaDate photographed: July 15, 2011
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