Bald Hills Road

127011 Newton B. Drury Scenic Parkway, Orick, CA 95555
(707) 488-2039

Open for day use

While inside Redwood National Park, most of Bald Hills Road resembles anything but a primeval forest.  Rather than foggy groves, the area is dominated by sunny prairies, with occasional clumps of oaks, once  grazed by sheep and cattle. The grassy hillsides, with panoramic views of the redwood groves below in  the Redwood Creek valley, offer perfect places to picnic, especially in the spring when wildflowers like  purple lupines pop up everywhere. To start, from U.S. Highway 101 just north of Orick, turn east on Bald  Hills Road, pass the signs for the Lady Bird Johnson and Tall Trees groves, and ascend into what looks  like a scene from The Sound of Music. Three suggested lunch stops: Dolason Prairie, which includes a 9- mile trail for the ambitious; Schoolhouse Peak, which at 3,097 feet is the highest point in the park; and  the old Lyons Ranch, whose original barn and bunkhouses are intact and worth exploring. The barn is  11.5 miles from U.S. Highway 101. The bunkhouses, which require a few miles of unpaved road, are just  shy of 18 miles from the highway. Bonus tip: Keep an eye out for rare California condors, which are  periodically released into the wild from a sanctuary in the Bald Hills. 


Prairie Creek Picnic

127011 Newton B. Drury Scenic Pkwy, Orick, CA 95555
(707) 488-2039
Open for day use

As arboreal hunters search the depths of Redwood National and State Parks for giant trees, hidden in  plain sight is one of the most photogenic champions: the so-called Picnic Tree, an old growth monster  near the campground of Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park. It’s been featured in travel magazines and  websites, but few who pass notice it on the edge of a cozy picnic spot, steps from the Prairie Creek  Visitor Center. This massive vertical spire has sprawling roots flaring around its base like the foot of a  mastodon, shading a moss covered stone grill that adds to its prehistoric charm. Should you eat here  among the Giants, there are plenty of picnic tables, and you can work off the meal with a stroll on the  Revelation Trail—an easy, wheelchair-friendly mile that showcases more monster trees. 

Trinidad Bay Eatery

A Trinidad Tradition Since 1975
607 Parker St, Trinidad, CA 95570
(707) 677-3777
Open Daily (Seasonal Hours)

This popular spot has been serving locals and tourists for nearly 50 years! Pull up a chair inside, or out on the patio, and sample food that has kept diners coming back to the Trinidad Bay Eatery for decades. Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, their menu is creative, fresh and sources local, organic ingredients. Their seasonal mimosa and curated craft beer and wine list is an unexpected surprise. Breakfast items include the Loaded Cinnamon Roll with glaze, pecans and bacon, the Surfer Boy Bowl (scrambled eggs with shrimp, jalapeño, local goat cheese and green onions topped with avocado, served atop crispy hash browns) and true American classics like Biscuits n’ Gravy. If the sea on all sides didn’t cue you in, The Eatery is smack dab in the middle of a fishing village, so there’s always fresh fish specials on the menu. Humboldt oysters served raw or grilled are a classic, seasonal Fish Cakes, Spicy Cioppino, Cod Fish n’ Chips and lots of Dungeness Crab like their Crabby Fries are delicious. If there’s one thing the Eatery is known for, it’s their clam chowder, which has been on the menu for nearly 40 years. It’s made from scratch and served in a grilled sourdough bread bowl with housemade garlic cheese butter. Wait! Make that two thingsdon’t forget to order a slice of Blackberry Cobbler for dessert.

Log Cabin Diner

Country Style Breakfast & Lunch
301 HWY-169 (Exit 769), Klamath, CA 95548
Open Seasonally (April-October)
Fri-Wed 7:30-3
(707) 482-0400

Open from April-October, the famously friendly Log Cabin Diner with its hearty country-style cooking will not disappoint. You can’t go wrong with the traditional 2-or-3-egg breakfast. Carnivores can add Chicken Fried Steak, top sirloin, country ham, bacon or sausage. Sides include everything from hash browns, home fries, cottage cheese to a biscuit and gravy—just like Grandma used to make. For those with a sweet tooth, french toast and pancakes round out the breakfast selection. There’s a menu just for kids, too. At lunch, opt for one of Log Cabin Diner’s special burgers, homemade soups, salads or sandwiches. Try the spicy, flavorful Klamath Burger featuring fresh grilled jalapenos, onions and grilled green pepper with pepper jack cheese or the house-smoked tri-tip Hoagie. Here, you’ll fill your belly for the highway ahead.