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May 25 2017
JimmyLyding
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45 male
 Joined Feb 16 2007
 Walnut Creek, CA
Ossagon TrailNorthern, CA
Northern, CA
Hiking avatar May 25 2017
JimmyLyding
Hiking4.39 Miles 847 AEG
Hiking4.39 Miles   2 Hrs   47 Mns   1.87 mph
847 ft AEG      26 Mns Break
 
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The Ossagon Trail is one of my all-time favorites because of the varied vegetation. The old growth forest at the beginning gives way to a young Sitka spruce forest below it. Finally, a riparian area separates the steep ridge from the beach which itself transitions from stunted spruce to open dunes before finally reaching the ocean. The beach was epic this year because of the elk. There were about a dozen cow elk with a few pregnant ones all hanging out between the western end of the trail and the edge of Western civilization. This hike is one that I'll do again and again because it offers so many different things to enjoy.
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Wildflowers Observation Moderate
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May 29 2016
JimmyLyding
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45 male
 Joined Feb 16 2007
 Walnut Creek, CA
Ossagon TrailNorthern, CA
Northern, CA
Hiking avatar May 29 2016
JimmyLyding
Hiking7.12 Miles 851 AEG
Hiking7.12 Miles   4 Hrs   8 Mns   2.20 mph
851 ft AEG      54 Mns Break
 
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I really enjoyed this hike because I got to travel up the beach due to the low tide. Weather was outstanding as usual, and this hike provided the right amount of exercise and scenery after a punishing hike the day before in the Siskiyou Wilderness.
I paid attention to the Sitka spruce on this trail because of their colossal cousins next to my campsite in Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park. This isn't a good trail to see old growth redwoods, but there are a few near the trail head.
The best part was on the beach north of the Ossagon Trail's western end. Low tide exposed sea anemone and barnacle, and allowed me to venture a good distance up the beach. The tide was coming in as I returned south to the trail, and anyone who was an hour behind me on the same route would probably end up with more of an adventure than they bargained for.
That day was a good day.
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Wildflowers Observation Substantial
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Aug 31 2014
JimmyLyding
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45 male
 Joined Feb 16 2007
 Walnut Creek, CA
Ossagon TrailNorthern, CA
Northern, CA
Hiking avatar Aug 31 2014
JimmyLyding
Hiking4.87 Miles 838 AEG
Hiking4.87 Miles   2 Hrs   41 Mns   2.36 mph
838 ft AEG      37 Mns Break
 
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Pretty cool hike. I was feeling pretty low on energy because I didn't bring enough carbs on my 5-day trip to the Redwood National and State Parks. Next time: potatoes every night. Luckily the first half is mostly downhill. I only saw 2 other people on the beach, and they were a good 400+ yards away. I ran into a large bull elk on the way back, but he was luckily about 50 yards away on the other side of a small pond. Elk #1 was resting, and only looked at me, but it's still a little nerve-wracking to be close to a bull elk anytime near the fall rut.

I ran into another elk on the way back, and #2 was blocking the trail at a most inconvenient spot. I had refueled, and was eager to spend one more night camping in this wonderful park, but the trail here was surrounded by a steep slope covered in dense woody vegetation to the left and thorny blackberry bushes to the right. Of course a group of hikers came from the other direction so Mr. Elk was trapped between us. The largest mammal in the general vicinity just munched the trail side vegetation, and continued to ignore the apes for the most part. The other group had a dog which is not allowed, and looked pretty dense in general, so I decided to bushwhack around the elk through the blackberries. Luckily the lower 3-4' of the blackberry thicket was woody (and thorny) stalks that could be controlled by my shoes. I made it out right next to the other group of people, and the dang elk was right there! Luckily he was cool, and so was the dog because I seemed to have surprised them both. The people were aware of me before I decided to take one for the team so it wasn't like I was someone appearing out of nowhere.

The elk wasn't a big one for an adult male, but he was still at least 700 lbs. The gentleman with the dog reminded me that dogs aren't allowed, I wished them luck, then continued back up to the trail head. I don't know if they ever made it down to the beach.
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average hiking speed 2.14 mph

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