Trees of Mystery Klamath, CA
Anticipating our slow speed trip down the Pacific Coast I pursued a “Visit California” online article looking for places to visit. One of the featured stops was the Trees of Mystery road side attraction. Normally we prefer more natural settings, but this was close to our campground and we had the time. So, what the hell lets visit! We were truly surprised and pleased that we had decided to do so.
Don’t be put off by the giant, talking Paul Bunyan and Babe his blue ox, that can offer a very personal welcome.
First off, the End of the Trail museum, located in the back of the expansive gift shop, is one of the best small museums that we have visited. It’s a comprehensive collection of Native American history and artifacts. The visit here costs nothing, but worth much more. It reminded me in a way of Charlie Eagle Plume’s small establishment just outside of Allenspark, Colorado. The place will easily consume an hour of your time, and possibly more. Nations from the coasts, mountains, southwest and plains are represented in this fine collection.
A short walk through Sitka Spruce and California Redwoods takes you to my reason to visit. The Redwood Canopy Trail is a series of stairs, platforms and suspension bridges that allow you to stroll through the canopy. It allows you to walk from tree to tree, at times almost a hundred feet above the ground. Stop and you will hear the wind in the tree tops, and birds calling. Take as much time as you want. Stop on the platforms and look and listen.
You can also ride the Skytrail gondola to the top of Teds Ridge where you can look inland to the vast old growth forest that extends beyond this park.
Throughout the park, you walk a trail that winds through and can see special trees, and chain-saw carved redwood art.