I have tracked how Klamath Mountain snowpack is correlated with the beginning of summer hiking season since 2003. In 2009 I started the Bigfoot Trail on the summer solstice, and it worked out perfectly—I found the perfect mix of snow, open trail, and manageable river crossings. 2010 was a late snow year and June was only open […]
Hayfork, California In the summer of 2015, The Fork Complex fire swept through Hayfork Valley and the surrounding Trinity Mountains. It was a scary time as many locals moved from their homes into the Hayfork fairgrounds to wait out the burn. Several Bigfoot Trail hikers were also waylaid from their journey. Two years later, the […]
Laura Lancaster wrote a feature for the January 2017 issue of Backpacker Magazine about her adventure on the Bigfoot Trail in the Marble Mtns.
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Fall is a time of rejuvenation and my favorite season. With the shift of the California Current, rains begin to fall in California after a summer of drought while the high country along the Pacific Slope finds snow returning. We retreat inside our homes but native plants and animals must adjust to the changes. Some birds migrate, mammals might hibernate, and some plants shed their […]
The greater part of the phenomena of Nature…are concealed from us all our lives. There is just as much beauty visible to us in the landscape as we are prepared to appreciate, and a grain more. A man sees only what concerns him. […]
Happy Trails on KHUM featured Emily Sinkhorn and Erin Kelly discussing the Bigfoot Trail adventure from summer 2016. Emily and Erin spent about a month hiking this beautiful trail through some of the most stunning parts of the country. Check out more of their trip on their blog.
Five volunteers met up in Coffee Creek, California to summit Packers Peak in the Trinity Alps Wilderness. This is the highest point along the Bigfoot Trail, at 7,822′. The peak offers some of the best views…