Monday, October 15, 2012

Eleven years later on the trail in Point Reyes

I first hiked the Muddy Hollow area of Point Reyes in 2001, about 6 years after the Mount Vision fire. I didn't know it at the time, but I was witnessing a changing landscape. Last week I was back and boy was I surprised! Those little stubby Bishop pines that were barely making an impact to the coastal scrub in 2001 have now completely overtaken hillsides.

2001:
This fire ravaged Bishop pine was charred along Muddy Hollow Road.

2012:
The same hillside is now swathed in pine.

Estero Trail (a new segment, built to replace the perpetually soggy Muddy Hollow Trail) passes through the young forest, which is going through an awkward phase. The trees are crowded together without understory. In the coming years some will die and hopefully huckleberry, salal, and coffeeberry will fill in.

Throughout my hike, I was astounded at the amount of scat. Certainly the season has something to do with it (no rain to wash it away yet), but I saw mountain lion, elk, deer, fox, bobcat, and coyote poop. Keep your eyes open out there!

Read about the hike here:
http://www.bahiker.com/northbayhikes/muddy.html

And the area's recovery from the Vision Fire here:
http://www.nps.gov/pore/parkmgmt/upload/firemanagement_visionfire_trailguide.pdf


4 comments:

Anonymous said...

thanks for sharing...

Melissa Avery said...

Nice. We are hoping to backpack next spring there. Seems so pretty.

NJ said...

I think that your blog is unique because of the fact that you have been hiking in Marin for so long and it seems like you have a lot of knowledge on the subject.

Jamie Arnold said...

Not sure if it interests you,but I just posted my first infographic on visual.ly about backs - and hikers are included.

Any chance you would want to blog about it? Take a look here: http://visual.ly/what-weighs-you-down-bags-and-back-pain