Here is a relic from another time. This massive incense cedar must have fallen decades ago. This tree is in an ‘old growth’ forest and the canopy gap it created from its fall now provides light to the understory and a new group of trees has eagerly sprung up along the edge. The tree itself will continue to breakdown over the next hundred years, gradually releasing its stored carbon, some to the atmosphere, some back into the soil.
As much as I like to think that certain forest roads are “mine”, I accept that other people come to the woods – other than forest workers – which tends to be during hunting season. Ive been on USFS Route 1 allot this year and during deer season it goes from seeing absolutely no one to seeing dozens of people a day. Private ranch patrols are out and all the little hunting camps are suddenly occupied with tents or trailers. Good Luck!
One of dozens of hunters camps along South Fork Mountain.
I am not a hunter. I have no qualms over the idea however and am always grateful when I have the opportunity to eat deer. But for people who apparently ‘love the woods’, I will never understand all the trash that gets left behind. A minority of hunters Im sure are responsible for really ‘not givin a shit’ – but I think we need more boy/girl scouts. My mama always taught me to leave the woods cleaner than it was when you arrived. Pack it out boys!
Come on guys, your giving everyone else a bad name. Dont trash your forest!
One final dusting of snow on South Fork before spring really sets in. This snow is now long gone, which normally would extend well into May.
Another vantage looking into Trinity County and the Shasta-Trinity National Forest.
There are not many places in Humboldt County with this type of forest. I typically find chinquapin mixed in tanoak/Doug-fir associations and almost always as a minor component of the overall composition. These stands on South Fork have clusters of old, gnarly groves mixed with true fir and sugar pine.
As small as the world can seem at times, you can still appreciate the vast expanse of forest in this part of CA. Most of the land in the picture is part of the Shasta-Trinity National Forest which is a forest of about 1 million acres.
Here is a stitched panorama. Its a great view of the South Fork Trinity River. Hyampom would be off to the right eventually, 5 or so miles up river.
Want to learn more about the unique golden chinquapin? Chrysolepis chrysophylla
Im not sure what species this is, it looks like it could be a ground cone, pretty sure its in the Orobanchaceae family. Possibly Boschniakia hooker… This was in a Klamath mixed conifer forest on southfork mountain, more or less on the county line of Humboldt-Trinity.
The forest up on South Fork is very diverse. White fir, red fir, Douglas-fir, sugar pine, golden chinquapin just to name a few.
This picture was taken more or less on the county line of Humboldt and Trinity. We are looking north-east into the Trinity Alps.