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Bigfoot Trail Map
"All paths lead nowhere, so choose a path with heart."
- DON JUAN
inscribed at the top of the bulletin board at the timberline
trailhead where climbers park and set out on the mountaineers
route to the summit of Mt. Shasta (noted on site, 27 June 2003)*
* from Tamalpais Walking by Tom Killian and Gary Snyder
The idea of hiking a long distance trail first entered my head many years ago as a young man working on a small trail crew in the early 90's. We were on a six-month stint building and repairing trail in Sequoia-Kings Canyon National Park. The highlight of the summer was rerouting a section of the PCT at Evolution Lake. We spent three months there living at a base camp in Evolution meadow, hiking to the work site, and camp duties. There wasn't much to do on our free-time except hike or entertain each other - like when we made a TV out of cardboard and I started a weekly reading from "The Phantom Tollbooth". I was a kid that had never done more than car camping before so it was a pretty magical summer for me.
It was an experience that I imagine is not unlike through-hiking but we had things better than a through-hiker or average backpacker. We had a camp cook and a mule-train re-supply every two-weeks, for instance. We had crazy luxuries in the back country like milk and fresh fruit. Sometimes I'd give up my oranges to a backpacker that came along while we were working on the trail just to see how happy they were. We also had one tent that served as the library. One of the books was a guide on the PCT, I don't remember which one but it had maps and notes from a guy that had walked it. Another book was Colin Fletcher's, "The Complete Walker". There were many other books too, like Wallace Stegner, but those two plus actually working on the trail planted the seed in my head that I wanted to walk the PCT.
Flash forward many years to the present...I still haven't walked the PCT but the desire for adventure is still there. But why the Bigfoot Trail? Others that have completed the route tell of a rugged, remote path that is virtually non-existent at points. So it checks the list for adventure. I love that this trail highlights the plants and animals of a wild part of California through the tale of its conifers. The Bigfoot trail will allow me to walk the headwaters of the many rivers, along whose banks I lived and worked. Mad River - Arcata and HSU. Swimming on the Trinity. Eel and Smith River - summers working in the forest for parks. Klamath River - rec tech with the USFS.
I don't think I still know why I want to do this. I just know it calls to me.
In the initial stage of development, the Bigfoot Trail is a 400 mile hiking trail in northern California. The trail begins in the Yolla Bolly-Middle Eel Wilderness and ends in Redwood National Park at the Pacific Ocean near Crescent City, California. A major focus along the trail is conifer diversity, passing 32 species. The route crosses six wilderness areas, one National Park, and one State Park. Northwest Californias Klamath Mountains foster one of the most diverse temperate coniferous forests on Earth and this route is a celebration of that biodiversity. Learn more: www.bigfoottrail.org