360° VR Panoramas of the Northern California Coast, Coast Ranges, and Redwood Highway
The Van Duzen River
Humboldt County, California

The best known redwood groves are in Humboldt Redwoods State Park along Highway 101 on the Eel River, and in the state/national parks north of Eureka. But off on a side road that follows the Van Duzen River there are some just as beautiful, which also get more sunshine.

From Grizzly Creek Redwoods Highway 36 follows the river to Bridgeville, a hamlet surrounded by "giant knockers", the geologic term for huge pieces of solid rock eroding out of deeply weathered clay. These monoliths are characteristic of the North Coast Ranges, and include Squaw Rock on the Eel River. This highway eventually climbs over South Fork Mountain, traverses some very remote forest country, then descends to the Sacramento Valley.


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Summer Bridge on the Van Duzen River

Summer Bridge on the Van Duzen River

A summer bridge across the Van Duzen River at Grizzly Creek

Grizzly Creek Redwoods State Park, California

Date photographed: August 6, 2008
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Grizzly Creek Redwoods

Grizzly Creek Redwoods

Grizzly Creek Redwoods along the Van Duzen River

Van Duzen County Park, California

Date photographed: August 6, 2008
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Bard Grove at Grizzly Creek Redwoods

Bard Grove at Grizzly Creek Redwoods

The Bard Memorial Grove at Grizzly Creek Redwoods

Grizzly Creek Redwoods State Park, California

Date photographed: August 6, 2008
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Rock Outcrops Near Bridgeville

Rock Outcrops Near Bridgeville

Rock outcrops surrounded by blue clay are characteristic of the North Coast Ranges

Bridgeville, California

Date photographed: August 6, 2008
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Van Duzen River Outcrops

Van Duzen River Outcrops

Rock outcrops along the Van Duzen River near Bridgeville

Bridgeville, California

Date photographed: August 6, 2008
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Bridges at Bridgeville

Bridges at Bridgeville

Old and new bridges over the Van Duzen River at Bridgeville

Bridgeville, California

Date photographed: August 6, 2008
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