By Season – Wildlife Viewing

We encourage you to book early in every season, as there is always something happening at Elk Meadow Cabins and at Redwood National Park.

Elk Meadow Cabins are one of the most convenient places to stay to see this UN World Heritage Site.  Minimize driving and maximize your time in nature with friends and family at the Cabins.

SUMMER: May – August – The warm and dry high season is the most popular since other parts of  California and the country become overly hot. Traveling north to experience the cool shade of the redwoods, this season is crowded and bustling.  May-June, the elk are birthing calves, so keep your distance. July – Dec the fall run of salmon is in full swing.

AUTUMN: September – OctoberThe fall is slightly cooler, but brings with it fantastic displays of elk bugling and rutting as males position themselves to show dominance and woo lady elk cows.  Reserve early, because the cabins are known as a likely place to view this wildlife phenomenon although, as usual, anything with wildlife cannot be guaranteed. Salmon continue their runs.  It is also a good time to see bears along the Klamath River in jet boat rides.

WINTER: November – FebOur winter months bring some light snow, but mostly rain, and the rushing sound of water.  In the old growth redwoods, heavy rainfall breaks down into light, misty droplets. Trails are still hikeable.  Just bring a rain jacket. This is a time for literal forest bathing, as you can view an explosion of bright green plant life and see the forest without crowds.  The frogs sing in a loud chorus in the evenings as they celebrate the season. Nov-Dec, grey whales are migrating. Jan-April, salmon are moving to their spawning grounds.

SPRING: Mar and AprilSpring is here!  Waterfalls and creeks are burbling, wildflowers, trillium and skunk cabbage (California corn lily) are in bloom as they herald the coming of the season.  The frogs are still croaking. Peace and quiet are still possible as you can feel as you have escaped the busy and frenetic pace of modern life. California Grey Whale migration begins in March and peaks through April and continues through May.