Six Rivers National Forest
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After finding no trails coming up to the ridge and the "world's largest tan oak" from near the rest area below, I drove up to Hennessy Ridge. It feels silly to drive more than 10 miles to get 0.9 miles away, but there is some climbing as well. There are a couple roads up and the one signed for Hennessy Peak is not bad. It was once paved for the length from the paved South Fork Road up to the ridge, so has a few deep potholes to look out for. Once on the ridge, there is a spur road. This was paved once for a short way, but after that is often one lane and, since I overshot the tan oak, eventually has areas where the vegetation drags along both sides of the car. I parked at the edge of a longer two lane section just past a blocked road heading up to the ridge that I hoped was the higher ridge route shown on a map I looked at before but do not have.
|A single lane section of the road where passing could be had if someone wanted it badly enough.|
The clouds are still rising and just barely rose above the road as I got to the ridge. It means I can see the trees, at least. That is about all I can see anyway. The old road is blocked with a high pile of dirt that has a well worn path around the edge. The path makes me think it might be what I am looking for to meet this big tree.
|No redwoods here, but the furs are still quite tall and hung with lichen in a lovely way.|
|Not the one, but that is quite a large tan oak.|
The old road goes quite a ways in the wrong direction before finally coming to the edge of the ridge and turning upward. A huge tan oak presides over the turn. I am rather surprised to see rubber water bars crossing the road as it climbs back the other way. Someone has put an effort into this route. It is definitely the one I was looking for.