In mid-August of 2020, lightning ignited a series of fires in the North Coast Range. These fires eventually merged into the mega August Complex. The fires were estimated to have burned over 1,000,000 acres. The fires consumed a variety of vegetation across seven counties and parts of Shasta-Trinity, Mendocino, and Six Rivers national forests. This is now the largest fire in state history. It also burned along the Bigfoot Trail. In late April 2021, Ken Taylor ventured out to see what affects the fires had on the trail through the wilderness. What follows is a photographic journey thanks to Ken’s efforts.
If you venture into the wilderness this summer, know that there will be significant trail work efforts but this may not reach the depths of the wilderness where the Bigfoot Trail traverses. Travel through burned areas with caution!