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10 Photos to Inspire a Thru-Hike

The greater part of the phenomena of Nature…are concealed from us all our lives. There is just as much beauty visible to us in the landscape as we are prepared to appreciate, and a grain more. A man sees only what concerns him.

                                                                                                -Henry David Thoreau

The Klamath Mountains nurture one of the most diverse temperate coniferous forests on Earth and these images help to celebrate of that biodiversity. Along the Bigfoot Trail, hikers will see the Klamath Mountains from almost every perspective and be able to enjoy, revel, and suffer in the renowned diversity. Take the time to disappear completely–whether that is for a day or a month ling thru-hike–and explore this botanical wonderland.

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Bear Grass (Xerophyllum tenax) decorates the Boundary Trail in the Red Buttes Wilderness.

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The White Alps loom in the distance past the headwaters of the Salmon River in the Trinity Alps Wilderness.

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Subtle and sublime subalpine lakes decorate the Klamath Mountain high country.

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Swimming holes are common along the lower elevations of the trail, here along Wooley Creek in the Marble Mountain Wilderness.

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The northern section of trail in the Trinity Alps Wilderness traverses the headwaters of the Salmon River.

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Meadows lined with rare and diverse conifers are common across the Siskiyou Mountains, here thru-hikers explore the Red Buttes Wilderness.

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Granite peaks of the White Trinities.

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Serpentine soils are common in the Siskiyou Mountains.

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The border between wilderness and the human-scuplted world is often difficult to discern in northwest California.

  • Catherine Meinert

    As I consider and plan for next year’s hiking season, where do I start? What time of year is best for each section of the BFT? Where are the worst elevation gains? BFT has become my goal for my physical therapy plan. Thanks to everyone for sharing their experiences and photos.

    • Catherine- All great questions but difficult to answer! As always, starting points in the spring depend on our winter snowpack. Some of the steepest climbs are out of Seiad Valley in either direction. I’d post a question like this in the forum page and see what people think — also I will update hiking in Conifer Country in spring 2017 with a few snowpack predictions. Happy Trails.

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