Blake Mountain, Humboldt County

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I have promised myself for years to check out a few of the peaks that are right on Route 1 when I had the time. I finally did last December and stopped to check out Blake Mountain.

The view from 'lower' Blake. This spot is on a broad ridge with dense forest, and as such does not provide for much visibility.

The view from ‘lower’ Blake. This spot is on a broad ridge with dense forest and does not provide for much visibility.

Next I went over to Blake Spring Campground or at least what is left of it. An old jeep road runs down to the spring, but there is not much of a camp there. There is little flat ground, and it appears that camping on the ridge would be more comfortable. Perhaps the road used to go further past the spring to a more suitable spot, but if there is a road it is completely over grown past the spring.

Blake Spring. Yes its frozen!

Blake Spring

The view from the so-called Blake Spring Camp.

The view from the so-called Blake Spring Camp.

Just to the north of the camp is the high spot on Blake Mountain. A jeep trail traverses the ridge and the bench mark was easy to find.

Blake Mountain bench mark; 5,905 ft above sea level.

Blake Mountain bench mark; 5,905 ft above sea level.

Looking north east into Trinity County from Blake Mountain.

Looking north east into Trinity County from Blake Mountain.

From there you can check out the “South Fork” bench mark, a little further to the north. I would like to know how this spot got its name, as the ‘real’ South Fork Mountain peak is many miles to the south. Regardless, this is a neat spot, and perhaps the most interesting of the three bench marks on Blake.

Unlike the other two spots, the topogrophy really drops away from the top allowing for some spectacular views of the Middle Mad River.

Unlike the other two spots, the topogrophy really drops away from the top allowing for some spectacular views of the Middle Mad River.

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9 comments

  1. The fire in the eighties really changed the feel of the place. Before the fire it was hard to tell you were on top of a peak because of the thick forest. Either way its a special place.

    1. Interesting. So you imply that the forest was closed canopy prior to the fire? I never saw it in those days. I did note stumps from past harvesting that would have occurred sometime after the fire, perhaps a salvage. I also noted recent vegetation clearing efforts by the USFS consisting of fuel load reductions (shaded fuel break) along the ridge.

      1. somewhat closed canopy. just not like a doug fir old growth stand, just really dense stand of white fir and red fir grew that way because of years of fire suppression, I think. The road up the north side of Pickett Peak is similar to what it looked like on Blake in the seventies.

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