The AtRivers Edge RV Resort in Brookings Oregon was where I spent the summer of 2013. Nestled along side the north bank of the Chetco River and only a 1/2 mile from the beaches and 6 miles to the California border, it was a perfect location.
While there were sites occupied by people who lived there year round, it was still a very well kept park. The staff was always friendly and I made a few friends while I was there who were kind enough to share some of their freshly caught salmon and let me in on a few hidden places to visit. My only complaint is that there was a gravel pit next door and the noise from the equipment was pretty obnoxious once or twice per week.
While you’re here:
I spent most of my summer wondering around the Samuel H. Boardman State Scenic Corridor, about 3 miles north of Brookings. It’s a 12 mile long, thickly forested park along a rugged coastline with small sandy beaches. I LOVED this place. Most of the people congregated on the trails near the parking areas or stuck to the main trail that follows the cliff edge but I would go mid-week and hike down some of the steep, less used trails, and had much of the place all to myself.
You may not be able to see it in the picture above but the only way to get down to this beach was via the rope on the left side of the picture. Luckily, the rope held. (lol)
I didn’t spend nearly as much time as I should have in the Siskiyou National Forest. This section was in the Kalmiopsis Wilderness area which has nearly 180,000 acres. In 2002 nearly 500,000 acres burnt and this area was included. It’s slowly making a comeback.
The Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park is located a short drive south of Brookings in Crescent City, California. (I still haven’t made it to the Redwood National Park but at least I can say I saw some damn big trees here!) This is the Boy Scout Tree Trail (about 5.3 miles round trip) and driving 2 miles along windy dirt roads to the trailhead was almost as fun as the hike. The trail ends at Fern Falls which is very unimpressive. I remember hearing one woman who’d hiked in behind me go, “This is it?”. Yep, that tiny cascade of water is it. This hike is about the journey, not the destination.
A 3.5 hour drive northeast brings you to Crater Lake National Park, the fifth oldest national park in the USA. Believe it or not, these pictures were taken June 18th. The night before I got there they had 6-8″ of fresh snow but I didn’t mind at all because it meant less people! Unfortunately, the drive around the east rim was still closed because Crater Lake averages 533″ (44′) of snow a year and it takes a while to melt! (*laughs) At 1,943′ deep, it’s the deepest lake in the United States and the deep blue color, with hints of aquamarine around Wizard Island, is astounding.