The Redwood Coast receives an influx of tourists year round, but Humboldt County Fall and Winter travel offer visitors some special perks that you just won’t get during the other seasons. Here we have compiled a short list of some of our favorite Humboldt County Fall and Winter Travel advantages. So get your rain boots on, umbrellas out, and get ready to explore the Redwood Coast with these fun Humboldt County fall and winter travel tips.
1. Redwood National Park have few visitors.
For those seeking solitude and more desolate trails, the fall and winter months are the time to visit. In 2014 alone Redwood National Park received 429,166 visitors. That translates to roughly 1,175 people per day exploring the park. However, the majority of these visitors come during the summer months, leaving many of the park’s trails wide open in the winter. Weather in the redwoods during winter remains moderate and although rain is likely in the fall and winter months, the dense forests provide a marvelous canopy that acts sort of like natures umbrella.
2. Waterfalls are flowing.
2015 Marked an extremely dry year all across the globe. But with El Nino heading toward California in the months to come it is being predicted that this winter will be a wet one. For many reasons this is wonderful news, but it also makes for great waterfall viewing opportunities throughout Humboldt County & Six River National Forest. Some of our favorite Humboldt County coastal waterfalls include Trillium Falls, Fern Canyon, and Mill Creek Falls located in McKinleyville, CA.
3. Fall Colors Are Popping
Max Forster pretty much summed this up on his recent trip to photograph Avenue of the Giants in Southern Humboldt. Although there are many places in the county to catch the fall splendor, it is here at Avenue of the Giants where the best maples can be seen. Check out the rest of Max Forster’s Avenue of the Giant fall photo shoot here.
4. The Great Migration
November – January marks the peak of the southern migratory season for whales. As they make their way toward Baja California an estimated 15,000 whales pass by the shores of Humboldt County. Head out in the early morning hours to any cliff overlooking the ocean and your chances of sighting them are very good. Patricks Point or Trinidad Head are great places to start. Also for you birders out there, many species of migratory birds can be sighted during winter months in the Humboldt Bay. December’s “Christmas Bird Counts” are are said to be the top 20 in the entire nation. Check with the Redwood Region Audubon Society for more great info about bird walk and birdwatching tours.