The Bigfoot Trail ~ 350 miles through Northwest California's Klamath Mountains
This has been an idea of mine since moving to northwest California. As I passionately, summer after summer, created loops through many of the region's wilderness areas I dreamed of a long trail that would link these together while at the same time visiting all the diverse conifer species that northwest California fosters. So, this summer I will walk the route I have thus far proposed, writing about what I find along the way, making small tweaks to the route—ultimately establishing a long trail I hope the region will be known for. This long trail will be botanically based—something that no other thru-hike can claim.
A route description can be found by visiting my Bigfoot Trail website.
I hope that one day this trail will be hiked by others, bringing exploration, passion, and awareness to the this little known knot of rivers and mountains. Still further, I hope this route will facilitate a tighter linkage of these vast wilderness areas and ultimately an appreciation for the charismatic mega-flora. Northwest California holds one of the most diverse temperate coniferous forests on Earth.
- In 2006 Steve Marsden pioneered a route through the Klamath—from the Yolla Bolly Wilderness to Gold Beach, Oregon. I would like to thank him for advice he offered from his experiences.
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