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Old 09-17-2014, 01:43 PM   #1
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Riding Redwoods in November a bad idea?

Anyone have experience riding the Redwoods in November?

I hear that the coastal redwoods start to get really wet and Sequoia/Kings Canyon can get snow then. Not planning any off pavement.

The window is the first 5 days of November to do a round trip from LA. Any suggestions?

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Old 09-17-2014, 02:04 PM   #2
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you are talking about two different places and trees.. the coastal Redwoods start in Big Sur area and go north above SF and then you have the Giant Sequoias which go from near lower sequoia nat park up thru kings canyon area and some here near yosemite as well so are you visiting both areas?
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Old 09-17-2014, 02:44 PM   #3
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The redwoods of the north coast will be fine, plan for rain. The Giant Sequoia's do get snow, but early November is usually ok. Keep a close eye on the weather.

January 1st. 2012, on a good year this sign would be buried under ten feet of snow...

Taken earlier the same day, we shoud never have made it to this location on a normal year. Whitaker forest road, Kings Canyon National Park.

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Old 09-17-2014, 08:13 PM   #4
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I get wood when I ride through the northcoast redwoods. Ave. of the Giants, Rockefeller Forest, Prairie Creek, Jed. Smith. All good 365 days a year. It does rain, but it's rarely cold.
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Old 09-17-2014, 09:04 PM   #5
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Thanks guys, I was going to do either coastal or Sequoia since I have only 5 days to do the round trip from LA. Snow would be bad, rain is OK.

If the weather is good on Nov 1 would Sequoia be better coming from LA?
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anything north is a wonderful time to ride in the fall here in northern California. usually during the fall months here you can plan on rain at any time but I'm guessing this drought has no plans on letting up. its warm further north of the gate and as you get closer to Humboldt and the ave of the giants it will be comfy and easy to layer up if it gets cooler. so much options to ride. if you get a chance to come further up than sequoia park i'd do it. its a days drive up and back so it leaves you several days to explore the coast and inland trees

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Old 09-18-2014, 08:15 AM   #7
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From LA, Redwoods at the OR border is a 2-day ride. Unless you're an iron butt.

OP talkin' Big Sur, or Humbolt- north?

It's a great time of year to see Death Valley, or Anza Borrego. Just sayin'.

Watch the weather for storms I guess.

The groves SW of SF are pretty nice too, Portola, Big Basin. Not so far to go, can take in some coastline too. Probably not too busy that time of year.

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Old 09-18-2014, 11:18 AM   #8
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Also, the coastal redwoods are at their best in the rain. They thrive and flourish when it rains, the smell and the silence is amazing.
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