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Fireweed - Bigfoot Trail Journal - 2015

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Mary "Fireweed" Kwart
City: Ashland
State: Oregon
Country: USA
Begins: Jul 27, 2015
Direction: Northbound

Daily Summary
Date: Thu, Jun 25th, 2015
Start: Sand Camp
End: Little Bald Hills Camp
Daily Distance: 6
Trip Distance: 6.0

Journal Stats
Entry Visits: 549
Journal Visits: 11,710
Guestbook Views: 206
Guestbook Entrys: 3

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Pitcher Plants

Little Bald Hills Group Trip Shakedown

I am doing a shakedown for leading an Ashland backpacking group trip on this section of the BFT July 6-7. I got on the trail at 3:12 PM. I parked at Sand Camp Parking Lot. When I got my backcountry camp permit for the Little Bald Hills camp at the visitor center in Hiouchi, ranger Brad Maggetti told me about the trail conditions--not many people use this backcountry site, so I would be alone tonite. The bear box at the site had many rust holes in the top and was full of dirt. There is a water spigot. Lots of mosquitoes. You can see the fog covered ocean from one of the meadows. The sensitive species Mardon skipper butterfly lives here. The meadows are too dry now to spot one. You can hear the traffic on and off from Hwy 199. Very large trees in camp, towering over a nice flat campsite.

Notes from the actual backpacking group trip on July 7: Fog burned off for a glorious day as three of us (myself, Denise "Trailhopper" Frye and Elisabeth "Gazelle" Zinser) left the Little Bald Hills Camp for Sand Camp. Before we left, a small orange salamander crossed our camp with great purpose, headed for a moist area under the trees. Tree species changed from Douglas Fir, Port Orford Cedar and redwoods to well spaced Jefferey Pine. As we desccended toward Sand CAmp, we saw views of the Siskiyou Mountains to the east. A highlight of the 6 mile hike to the South Fork of the Smith River was a Darlingtonia Bog adjacent to the trail. Also known as "pitcher plants", these cobra shaped plants capture insects in water reservoirs where they are digested. We saw the red Bolander Lilly, Indian Paintbrush, purple fleabane and fragrant azaleas. Knobcone pines grew interspersed with Western White Pines. We also observed 4-5 piles of fresh bear scat on the trail. We took a short break at a perennial stream where Maidenhair and Sword fern grew. Common Juniper fronds crossed the trail.

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