‘Rising Moon, Setting Sun’ Hike

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On the day before the “Super Moon,” hikers enjoyed  breathtaking views of the rising moon and setting sun from the top of King Peak, the highest mountain in the King Range.  This was our second hike in the Summer Hikes Series sponsored by LCIA and the King Range National Conservation Area.  BLM Lost Coast Ranger Justin Robbins and Conan Johnson, a BLM assistant, led the group up Lightning Trail and provided participants historical, geological and botanical information about the area.  Lightning Trail, 3 miles long and climbing 1900 ft., is the shortest trail to King Peak and provides a steady but gradual climb through old-growth forests of the Honeydew Creek basin.  The view from the top is incredible, with the Pacific Ocean almost a stone’s throw to the west and endless rows of forested mountains stretching to the east.

1In the 1970s and 80s, the BLM purchased and/or exchanged more than 25,000 acres of lands within the national conservation area under the authority of the King Range Act.  Most of the timber had either been harvested historically, or had been cut just before acquisition.  Harvest methods included high grading, or removal of the best trees, leaving scattered large Douglas fir trees.  Reforestation was not practiced and a large percentage of the previously harvested land was left to regenerate naturally. Tanoak and madrone trees now dominate what had once been old-growth Douglas fir forest.  Several areas were planted after acquisition by the BLM, including the Bear Trap Creek area (125,000 Douglas fir trees on 200 acres since 1985).  Other vegetation in the area includes Knobcone pine, laurel, manzanita, poison oak, blackberry, Oregon grape and salal.salal

Another important plant found here is beargrass, used by Native Americans both historically and currently for basketry.  Other native coastal grasses include reedgrass (a state-listed rare plant), oatgrass and bentgrass, all of which form the coastal prairie plant community.

If you haven’t been up Lightning Trail yet it’s time to go!  A great hike and unforgettable panoramic views!  And please join us for upcoming hikes!

First Summer Hike Was Beautiful and Informative!

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blog3The first 2013 Summer Hike, jointly hosted by BLM’s King Range National Conservation Area and the Lost Coast Interpretive Association, provided attendees a gorgeous setting for learning about native plants and geology of the Black Sands Beach coastal cliffs.

Did you know that there are over 40 different plants viewable within a half mile when strolling up the beach?blog1  Many of these plants are native; however, many have been introduced and some are invasive.  We were afforded the opportunity to experience this walk with Cheryl Lisin, a qualified horticulturist who shared with us her extensive knowledge and experience.

Sam Flanagan, BLM geologist, discussed many interesting points concerning geological formations, rocks and minerals.  The King Range lies immediately southeast of one of the most geologically active areas in North America.  Three large tectonic plates converge just offshore at a geologic feature known as the blog2Mendocino Triple Junction.  At this location three pieces of the earth’s crust, or tectonic plates, are moving past and beneath each other in different directions.  To the south and along the western edge of the King Range, the San Andreas Fault forms the boundary between the Pacific and North American Plates.

Watch a video of Sam providing some interesting geological info!

A great start to the 2013 Summer Hike series!  Thanks everyone for joining!

Summer Hikes

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A series of free summer guided hikes, with topics ranging from geology to seaweed, will be held this summer at various locations in the King Range National Conservation Area.

The hikes begin Saturday, June 8, with “Plants and Geology of the Coastal Cliffs.” The hike, ranging from 2 to 4 miles in length, begins at 10 a.m. at the Bureau of Land Management trailhead at Black Sands Beach in Shelter Cove. Hikers should wear sturdy hiking boots, bring food and water and be prepared for walking in sand.

Sam Flanagan, a geologist with the BLM Arcata Field Office, and Cheryl Lisin, a landscape designer with detailed knowledge about native plants, will lead the hike.

Other hikes in the series are: “Rising Moon, Setting Sun,” offered June 22; “Tidepool and Seaweed Exploration,” July 13; “Rare and Native Plants of Red Mountain,” July 27; “Compass Courses,” Aug. 10; and “Coast’s Cultural History,” Aug. 24.

Details about each hike will be provided closer to the dates for each outing.

The annual hike series is a partnership of the BLM’s King Range National Conservation Area and the Lost Coast Interpretive Association.

The King Range National Conservation Area is part of the BLM’s National Landscape Conservation System.


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