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Fitness and Photography for Fun - A blog on staying fit by hiking and doing photography by David Mendosa

Fall Creek Trail

March 14th, 2009 · 2 Comments

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Whenever I visit John we hike our favorite trail in Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park, which is just a couple of miles from his home. We hike along Fall Creek through dense stands of coastal redwoods, ferns, and moss. The trail itself is soft and quiet from its bed of redwood duff.

But we have never hiked here as far as we did yesterday, 8.2 miles. We hiked a huge loop through the center of the park’s Fall Creek area, climbing up and down about 1,760 feet.

The picturesque creek itself and the glorious stands of redwoods are the twin attractions:

Rapids into a Pool on Fall Creek

Rapids into a Pool on Fall Creek

The Creek Flows over a Downed Redwood into a Pool

The Creek Flows over a Downed Redwood into a Pool

We hiked to the biggest old-growth redwood in the entire area. They call it “Big Ben:”

Big Ben and Pastor John, Doing What Comes Naturally for a Semi-Retired Methodist Minister

Big Ben and Pastor John, Doing What Comes Naturally for a Semi-Retired Methodist Minister

Few flowers grow in this dark and damp place. The big exception is this aptly named Redwood Sorrel:

The Redwood Sorrel Flower

The Redwood Sorrel Flower

Since I poke along so slowly as I photograph everything, I loaned John my iPod Touch. At each stop he was able to continue reading the book that I brought him in partial thanks for his generous hospitality.

I gave him an old-fashioned paper version of Richard Preston’s Wild Trees. This book is a great read about the coastal redwoods and is the most appropriate reading among the redwoods. I bought a copy of it for myself to read on my Amazon Kindle, which just a week ago came out with an application for the iPhone and iPod Touch.

John Reads About Redwoods as He Leans on One

John Reads About Redwoods as He Leans on One

By 5:30 we had completed a wonderful hike through a wonderland that we had started seven hours earlier. Two good friends left the woods feeling on top of the world.

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  • 1 M. D. Vaden of Oregon // Jul 16, 2009 at 9:43 pm

    Howdy. Just stumbled upon your blog. Like the outdoor exercise idea. I’m no photographer but do take photographs.

    You ever been on Boy Scout Tree Trail? We went there a few weeks ago, including the off-shoot to the Boy Scout Tree which is a couple of hundred feet up in the forest.

    MDV
    Oregon

  • 2 David Mendosa // Jul 18, 2009 at 11:22 am

    Dear M.D.,

    Thanks for the memories. I did hike the Boy Scout Tree Trail in Jeddiah Smith Redwoods State Park when I was working in Santa Barbara and had a vacation and drove up the coast to Portland. That was a great experience.

    Best regards,

    David

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