Redwood National Park

Last Updated 2/12/2008
Trip limited to 10 participants

Only 3% of the Redwoods that originally blanketed the Pacific Coast still stand. Come walk through time in beautiful Redwood National Park before the few remaining old growth redwoods are cut down to make decks and picnic tables. You will walk through groves of leviathan trees that are centuries or even millenia old and can grow more than 350' tall.

Our trip will begin in Redwood National Park and morph into Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park, eventually ending in Del Norte Coast Redwoods State Park. You may see herds of regal Roosevelt Elk, catch glimpses of whales from scenic outlooks high above the pacific, view a black bear or perhaps see the endangered marbled murrelet. If you've never seen the Pacific Coast or a Redwood Tree, this is the trip for you.

Patrick's Point State Park


We don't believe in austere eating regimens. Backpacking is a rigorous, rewarding activity. You must feed your body in order for it perform. Your body will dictate that you eat often. It's important to have fuel to feed it. See what we have planned to eat. Note that this is not necessarily a comprehensive list. If you want to bring a big old chocolate cake, go for it. After carrying it 80 miles through the mountains, your body will most likely not desire the empty calories.

Equipment List

Here is a list of equipment we suggest you bring.


The Redwood National Park Fatpacking Trip will be from Aug 6-17, 2008. Here is the proposed itinerary.

Trip Leaders

Brett Vivyan lives in Arcata, CA, led the Redwood Fatpacking trip last year, is a Wilderness First Responder and has hiked the entire Appalachian Trail. Wow!

Jim Lumpkins, who lives in Morristown, TN has backpacked all 900 miles of trails in the Great Smoky Mountains. He has guided several Fatpacking trips, and is a Wilderness Medicine certified Wilderness First Responder.

Redwood Tree


$1450 per person double occupancy. Here, PPDO means that you will room with someone else during hotel nights (single supplement available)

You will also be responsible for transportation to and from Eureka, CA (ACV) as well as any restaurant meals during off days.

Covered expenses include 2 nights in a hotel, trail food (3 meals per day), ground transportation, permits, satellite phone service, and two studly guides.


Our journey will begin in Redwood National Park. We’ll backpack up to the Tall Trees Grove and stay in the park for 4 days. Then we'll take the Skunk Cabbage Trail to the Pacific coast and on into Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park. After several days in the park, we'll shuttle to the Klamath Overlook and hike up through Del Norte Creek Redwoods State Park before returning back to Eureka.