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Ghost Pipes on CREA Trail

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Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park (Map link.) Back at the north end of the Rhododendron Trail, I was prepared to see what had become of the ghost pipes ( Monotropa uniflora ). They look pretty cool in pictures when in seed, not that I had any idea how long it takes them to get that way or how long they hang around once they do. By this point, I had realized that in forgetting my GPS, I lost the points stored in the GPS for the other monotropes (subfamily Monotropoideae ) along the trail. I had no worries about finding some evidence of the ghost pipes. I set my Hiking Project app to recording the track, but still hadn't proven it was actually saving anything. I started up Peakbagger as a backup since I have been able to save tracks stored in it. Peakbagger is a delight for just being useful while having no ulterior motive. It also needed an extra permission to keep it working in the background, but managed to ask for it with a simple dialog. Sign at the north end of the Rh

Moorman Pond Trail

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Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park (Map link.) I stopped by another of the short, unconnected trails in Prairie Creek to start the day. I managed to remember my camera this time, but somehow neglected to bring my GPS. So I got out that new phone and started one of the programs that should be able to record a track. Oruxmaps pointed me at some permissions it needed, so I scrolled down and gave it permission to not sleep and then found it difficult to test if it was working as desired. It wasn't keen on taking points if I wasn't moving. Ah, technology. So I started off along the trail that winds low near the stream briefly, then climbs a little way out of the immediate environment of that water. The Moorman Pond Trail is marked only by a grove sign and trash can. As usual, tall trees, each with its own oddities, are in abundance with ferns at their feet. The land drops off quickly to the right where there is a flat with the stream. So I enjoyed the trees as I wal

Hikshari' Trail to King Salmon

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Eureka City Park (Map link.) I decided to take the Hikshari' Trail, the southern end of the Eureka Waterfront Trail and part of the Humboldt Bay Trail, in a new season. For the most part, the different season just meant it was drier in the areas that are not bay. I started a little south of where I intended, having turned at the second road after the Bayshore Mall instead of the first, then wandering along to the parking at one of the parks. That just avoids the parts close to a little used road, leaving the parts on the far side of the water treatment plant. The view north over the bay from the park at the end of the road. I headed south on the bike path, but turned onto the gravel alternate almost immediately. It doesn't go very far, but it does it closer to the water. Information sign about the trail at the junction with the Melvin "Cappy" McKinnley Loop Trail, which provides an alternate for a short way. South along the bay from the gravel trail.

California Coastal Trail, Tey-wo-lew Section

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Redwood National Park (Map link.) I decided to give the Tey-wo-lew section another chance. (And since it's so short, I could maybe visit those ghost pipes again after.) My first time along it , all I knew was there was a line on the map. I didn't know it was the main highway until that was rerouted inland, then was the Coastal Drive until getting gated a couple decades ago. Finding a wide, fairly level "trail" that was sometimes paved and even lined, was an unwelcome surprise. The day happened to be fairly foggy, so I didn't get any of the views. I checked to make sure there was a reasonable chance of some clear coastline before coming. Unfortunately, my camera managed to make it onto the floor instead of into the car, so that coastline got photographed with a cell phone. It's a shiny new cell phone and it has three cameras, so we shall see. It was bought so I'd be on the T-Mobile network instead of the dying Sprint network, not for a good camera, s

Clintonia Loop and Fern Canyon

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Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park (Map link.) Since I've noticed that I've walked almost every trail in Prairie Creek, the ones that I haven't have started to stand out. There's a mess of little things interconnecting by the campground that I might not ever do short of finding myself actually camping there, but the Clintonia Trail is a stretch up high in the Murrelet State Wilderness that makes some shorter (and perhaps more approachable) loops available through the old growth redwood trees. So I headed out for it with a thought to maybe visit the ghost pipes again afterward. There were still quite a few other visitors around and I needed a bit of luck to grab a shady parking space between the visitor center and campground, then wandered the tracks over to the biggest trailhead in the whole park behind the visitor center with its big sign of historical destinations. (I keep focusing on "Butler Backpack Camp", which presumably became Ossagon Camp, which

Henderson Gulch and Ryan Creek

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McKay Community Forest (Map link.) I headed down to the actual, official parking lot toward the middle of the McKay Community Forest for another visit only to find that it is currently locked up tight, which makes it much harder to find legal parking in the area. I should have reviewed the map prior to arriving, or at least brought it along. As it was, I headed south along the road, then turned east where there will be fully accessible trail eventually. I expect that means it will be paved, but for now it is more like the "improved access trail" that will be further out, wide and flat. Some garden escapees seem to be blooming in bright sprays of red and yellow at the moment. The trail follows an old road past young redwoods. The air hasn't smelled like smoke, but the reddened light suggests there's plenty high up. I found a bit of trail heading off to the right and decided to go for it. I wanted to get down to Ryan Creek and from there... take route I

Elk Head and College Cove

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Trinidad State Beach (Map link.) I have been neglecting Trinidad State Beach and I decided to rectify that for the moment. There are three main parking areas. One is down by the harbor and the other two are along narrow Stagecoach Road. I stopped at the main parking and picnic area with its paved, pull in parking, and cut across the lawn past one of the tables to an unsigned trail just east of the bathroom. It cuts down to a neighborhood access trail that roughly follows the road to the east. I turned west, which gets into the small trail system instead. One official route down from the parking lot. It is unsigned, but has wooden step improvements. The trail stays fairly high on its way to a junction with an obscured beach view. I looked at the narrow, weed encroached trail heading downward and wondered if that was what I was really looking for. I followed the recently worked to a wide footpath trail upward to find that it probably was. It got to looking more official on

Ma-le'l Dunes South

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Friends of the Dunes Bureau of Land Management (Map link.) The mix of plants was different at the north end of the dunes compared to the south end of the dunes, so I simply had to actually stop by the south end ready to record what I saw. While I was at it, I thought I might do the Redwood Edventure Quest that Friends of the Dunes offers . It's been a while since I did one of them. It says start at the Humboldt Coastal Nature Center, and that's what I did. The Humboldt Coastal Nature Center at Friends of the Dunes. There is a little parking at the top, but I don't need to do that extra driving. The nature center was open, but I wasn't feeling the need to go in yet. I walked around the edge to find the Wildberries Trail and the first of the markers. This Quest was the most like a traditional interpretive trail because all but the last are marked with physical posts. These are marked with animals instead of numbers, but I missed the little bit of extra engage

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