Caleb and I went on our first long hike the day after Christmas. It was 5.5 miles and took us 3 hours to complete. The drive there was about an hour. South on Hwy 1 and then about 6 miles down Palo Colorado Road.
The drive was beautiful. Even more so than the actual hike.
Here is a YouTube video of the drive from some guy riding a motorcycle, if you want a better idea.
I had to request an access permit here. It’s required because parking is limited. There is space for only 4-5 cars.
Caleb wearing his new Camelback. Very cute!
We noticed that the large redwoods had singed trunks. There must have been a forest fire at some point. Most of the trees were smallish and even the branches on the surviving redwoods were small. Their branches must have been burnt off.
Most of the trunks of the tree bottoms where burnt out.
This poor guy didn’t fair so well.
It’s a little hard to tell but half of the trunk on the bottom of this tree was burnt away. It was truly amazing considering the load it was carrying.
You can see from this video how tall the tree is. The root system must be extraordinary.
This is the waterfall. Pretty sad little waterfall. I remember the ranger at Garland Park talking about their waterfall being dry because of the draught. I know it hasn’t rained much at all in the past year or so, but I’ve thought of it as a good things since rain makes my life more difficult with a dog and so many little ones.
But now I see the consequences. And I notice the news reports about the record-level drought we are in. Funny how you start to appreciate nature when you actually experience it. I hope it rains soon.
This was also the only creek that had water in it. We crossed nine bridges. The book’s map and the map at the trail head had only seven bridges pictured.
Our view from the top…
On the way back down, Caleb insisted we stop near the waterfall so he could rest his aching feet. He sat for about 10 seconds and then climbed and explored the area.
Caleb smiling again! I could get used to this.
The area used to be logged for redwoods. There are huge stumps that have holes in the trunks where loggers inserted planks on which to stand while they cut the trees.
And the setting sun greeted us as we got back on Hwy 1…
This is hike #100 from my Monterey Hikes list.
Hiking distance: 5.5 miles round trip
Hiking time: 3 hours
Elevation gain: 230 feet
Difficulty: easy to slightly moderate
Exposure: shaded forest
Hiking buddies: Caleb
Would you do it again? Maybe if there is water in the streams.
What would you do differently? Pack better food: beef jerky, fruit leathers, chocolate, Tiger’s Milk bars, honey mints (from Trader Joe’s)