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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: Sun, Sep 6th, 2015
Start: Little Bald Hills TH
End: 1000 ft from Battery Point
Daily Distance: 11.7
Trip Distance: 293.8

Journal Stats
Entry Visits: 383
Journal Visits: 11,711
Guestbook Views: 206
Guestbook Entrys: 3

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Crossing Mill Creek near the Smith River

Stopped by water, not fire this time

My friends Alice and Dianne were counting on coming to Crescent City for a little break to pick me up at the end of the Big Foot Trail. The Fire closure in the Siskiyou wilderness put a stop to that, but I thought--why not go anyway? I could finish the end of the trail and link up the Little Bald Hills Trail I had hiked in June with the Pacific Ocean. We camped at the Orman Ranch in Crescent City in a shaded, spacious campsite. Labor Day crowds were negligible in the campground. It was close to the Howland Hills Road. Dianne accompanied me from the Little Bald Hills Trailhead to the Nickerson Ranch TH on the Howland Hills Road. The Mill Creek Trail was beautiful--morning sun dappled among the redwoods and ferns. We only saw a few people, because most limit their out of car experiences to Stout Grove. We met a couple from British Columbia who were taking a hiking break from sailing their sailboat to Mexico. I identified a couple more conifers--Wester Redcedar, Western Hemlock, Sitka Spruce, Grand Fir (at the Jedediah Smith Park Entrance sign on Howland Hills Rd.), and Shore pine (on the Elk Valley Road in Crescent City). This brings my total to 30 of the 32 conifers on the trail. Somehow I missed Noble Fire in the Yolla Bolly Wilderness at the start of the hike, and I didn't ID Baker Cypress after cross country'ing by Huckleberry Mountain south of Seiad Valley.

There was a "private drive" sign on Union St. just across Elk Valley road. I looked down the shaded, brush lined dark tunnel which was supposedly Union St. and saw a barricade across the road in the distance. I turned toward the powerline ROW as an alternative, but a white van was parked there. So I just went west on ELk Valley Road through the sleazy section of town. I followed bike paths through the ocean side park to the Battery Point Lighthouse. It was high tide--I couldn't walk to the Lighthouse. But I was happy I got within sight of it.

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