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    Camping in the Redwoods

    Anyone who wants to see what it looks like out here in the West camping in the Redwoods, go to the gallery and check out the pictures I just uploaded.
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    That's is beautiful. I can't even imagine trees that big! I don't think my Tennessee straps would work on those trees!

    Thanks for posting the photos.

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    Camping in the Redwoods

    I ordered 20 foot straps from the Strapworks for just these occasions. I was just able to circle the tree twice with one of them.
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    Greg...

    Nice pictures...I was thinking heading out your way in a couple of weeks myself...I can see I got to get bigger straps though....Which area were you in...I am probably going to come over 299 and then go south...I know there are quite a few areas to choose...either that or head to the Brookings campsite just over the border in Oregon ...mama likes that lot right on the ocean....

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    Camping in the Redwoods

    I was in Hendy Woods, just off Highway 128 from Cloverdale, about 10 miles west of Booneville. I like going there because it's only 1 1/2 hours from where I live.
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    i may come out there on a trip soon too. are there no small trees to hang from? do you have to have long straps, or do you just like to hang from the big trees? looks like i saw saw at least one regular sized tree in your pics. just curious if i will definately need long straps?

    also, what spots are good, we were thinking about redwood NP. looks like there are lots of state parks right on the coast. where the ocean meets the redwoods sounds good. any tips?

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    Camping in the Redwoods

    Any and all of the State Parks are good to camp in. Some have showers, some do not. Check on their website for what is available at each. I recommend Jedediah Smith on the Smith River, Redwood NP, Avenue of the Giants, anywhere at Lake Tahoe is great, Richardson Grove, Hendy Woods, I could go on and on. Pick one or several, remember if your close to or on the coast, accept the fact that there is going to be fog in the morning. Fact of life is that in the summer, there is fog.

    As far as straps, some you can get by with what you consider "normal" straps, some you cannot. It also depends on the spot your in, size of the trees in it, etc. If you only bring the "normals", be prepaired to camp on the ground occasionally. If you are going to Yosemite, bring a tent, they are not set up for hammocks. Campgrounds are in the clearings with little to no trees to place a hammock in. Most of Tahoe is like that also. If you go to the really big trees South of Yosemite, Kings Canyon and Sequoia National Park, it does not matter how long your strap is, your not going to get it around one of those giants. ( see Family Vacation Destination - Wuksachi Lodge Sequoia : Sequoia National Park )

    Have fun and let us or me know how the trip was. One thing for sure is that it will be different than out there in Colorado. I lived in the Springs for awhile so I know what your area is like.
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    cool, thanks for the info. i did hang at camp 4 in yosimite, there are trees in that campground. i hear you about camprgounds in the clearings though, i may take my collapseable stand, and we will probably take the t**t too.

    we will probably try to stay away from campgrounds if possible. do you know anywhere with secluded primitave drive in campsites? you know, right where the beach meets the forest and not many tourists. tell me places like that exist. i can't stand crowded campgrounds.

    we will do some backpacking too, but it will be our honneymoon, and my wife will want to car camp more than backpack. probably will spend a few nights in a b&b as well.

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    Like Greg says look on the map and pick a spot...there all good...I'm not for the parks myself because of the crowds...I only go for the showers, laundry when needed...I did this trip just for a picnic for the day...just pulled over had lunch, wish I had had a hammock as you can see lots of big trees...If this is your trip to see the redwoods then then bring the big straps...you will probably be car camping I would assume so not that big a deal...
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    yeah, might as well be prepared. i remember going to the mariposa sequoia grove in yosimite, some of those things were 20+ feet wide, just amazing. i'm really looking forward to this trip. we were considering belize but i'm just about as excited to go to the west coast. we're hoping to make it all the way up to olympic np. all the pics i've seen from there are pretty amazing too.

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