260 miles long, The Klamath River begins in Oregon and empties into the Pacific Ocean in Redwood National Park.
Christmas week 1964 brought torrential rains to northern California. The bridge over the Klamath River was destroyed by logs and debris carried down the swollen river. The old cement bears which guarded the bridge are still standing in remembrance.
The current bridge on Hwy. 101 has golden bears protecting it.
Gray Whales frolic in the waters and some spend all summer here.
After seeing these whales we returned and took the Klamath Overlook trail, hoping to get better close ups of the whales. Of course they didn’t show themselves that day.
The trail is only 1/2 mile each way, but the pedometer on our phones said we had climbed 23 flights of stairs.
This is the view from the parking lot.
This is looking up to the parking lot from the overlook we hiked down to.
There were a few wildflowers along the path.
And the views were astounding.
The overlook itself needs some repairs. Funding is tight for the parks these days.
So beautiful. The Klamath is protected as one of America’s Wild & Scenic Rivers.