Del Norte County
Del Norte Redwoods State Park - Damnation Creek Trail
Big trees tend to develop tall tales. Somewhere near Wilson Creek beach, in 1828, famous western explorer Jedediah Smith, staggered out of the unmarked backwoods, starving, shot an elk, and feasted on elk steaks.
Three miles on is the Henry Solon Memorial Grove. From there, the Damnation Creek trail winds two and a half miles through a rainforest lush with ferns and berry bushes.In the 1850s, a solitary prospector worked his way up the Coastal Range and found a rich vein of gold near the seashore. He built a cabin and hid his newfound store of gold inside. One day Indians attacked him, burned the cabin and left him for dead. Of course he recovered and somehow staggered back to the nearest town....long stagger that...and told his friends about the gold just before he died in their arms. And ever since, folks have been looking for that danged cabinsite with the pot of gold under the floorboards.
Maybe you'll find it; maybe not; but you'll certainly have a wonderful time looking in this gorgeous country.