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New Meetup: Mill Creek Redwood Preserve (~6 Mi, ~250 Ft)

From: user 1.
Sent on: Wednesday, November 24, 2010 10:35 AM
Announcing a new Meetup for The Monterey Bay Area Hiking Group!

What: Mill Creek Redwood Preserve (~6 Mi, ~250 Ft)

When: Sunday, December 12,[masked]:30 AM

Price: $1.00 per person

Where: Carmel Crossroads
CA Hwy 1 @ Rio Road
Carmel, CA 93922

Let's enjoy a moderately paced hike at one of Monterey County's hidden treasures, the Mill Creek Redwood Preserve.

Mill Creek Redwood Preserve is 1,534 acres of very rugged Big Sur coastal redwood canyon land. The preserve was pieced together with several large properties between 1988 and 2000 for costs totaling $2 million. The 6-mile Mill Creek Trail is an out-and-back route that was completed in 2007; taking 10 years to construct by hand. The craftsmanship is reminiscent of the Civilian Conservation Corps era of trail building during the Great Depression.




HIKE SUMMARY:
Trail Head: Palo Colorado Canyon Road
Meetup Location: Carmel Crossroads (Hwy 1 & Rio Road)
Start Time: 8:30 a.m.
Hike Duration: 3 to 4 hours
Pace: Moderate (2.5 to 3 mph)
Total Distance: ~6 miles
Total Elevation Gain: ~250 feet
Difficulty: Moderate for Distance




Trail Map for Mill Creek Redwood Preserve




PERMITTING REQUIREMENTS
Access to the Mill Creek Redwood Preserve is by PERMIT ONLY!! I have requested permits for up to 20 people and 5 vehicles so CARPOOLING WILL BE REQUIRED FOR PARTICIPATION IN THIS EVENT.




Mill Creek Redwood Preserve - HISTORY

The earliest known inhabitants of the preserve are believed to be Esselen. There is very little known about these people as their physical and cultural life ended abruptly after the arrival of Europeans in the latter 18th century.

The preserve and surrounding region remained sparsely settled for almost 100 years until Charles Bixby arrived in 1868 and staked-out a homestead at the mouth of what is now Bixby Creek. He proceeded to introduce cattle and cut tanbark oaks and redwoods for the growing community in Monterey.

In 1906, with his commercial timber depleted, Bixby sold his land to the Monterey Lime Co.. Lime was in demand to help re-build San Francisco. The company built a 3-mile aerial tram to haul limestone from Long Ridge to Bixby Landing, a small community that grew-up around the Bixby Homestead. Eventually, the exhaustion of local fuel wood and high operating costs closed the kilns in 1910. The tram remained in business for a time to off and on-load supplies for the community from schooners.

Activity picked-up in 1917 when Pacific Grove?s T. A. Work and A. W. Furlong built and operated a logging mill further up the canyon in the preserve. Local Japanese from the peninsula were hired, a camp was constructed, and several steam-donkeys were brought- in from San Francisco. Most of the lumber was hoisted up out of the canyon by cables and down what is now Palo Colorado Canyon Road by oxen. Many homes on the peninsula were built with lumber from this operation, which supplied the Work lumber yard near where the Aquarium is now. The mill was closed in 1935 after the marketable timber was cut. Logging was renewed in 1946 when Charles Vander Ploeg built a mill in Beartrap Canyon. This mill was short-lived when a human-caused fire in 1949 destroyed the mill and killed two loggers. Evidence suggests that the redwood logging at that time was for fence posts.

Logging once again found its way into the preserve for a few years in the early ?60?s. This time the trees were cut in the Turner Creek drainage. This area is in the very upper reach of the canyon and the logging was sporadic and selective. By 1986 the Humboldt County based Philo Lumber Co. owned the property and obtained a state permit to log over a million board feet of redwood. Though intense local opposition was not enough to rescind the permit, the disastrous savings and loan financial crisis played its hand and the property was seized by federal financial regulators. After two years of negotiations the Federal Land Bank sold the property to the Big Sur Land Trust, which then sold it to the District in 1988. The District added three adjacent properties by 2000; one a 125-acre donation from the Barnet Segal Trust.

Source: Monterey Peninsula Regional Park District




THIS WILL BE A MODERATELY STRENUOUS HIKE due to a total distance of just under 6 miles. This will NOT be a speed hike and we will take time to enjoy the views of the redwoods and Palo Colorado Canyon. Trail conditions are generally in good shape from the trail head up to the vista point.

WHAT TO BRING: Sturdy hiking shoes, layered clothing, wind & rain gear, lunch/snack, hat, gloves, 2-3 liters of water, long pants and long sleeve shirt (for poison oak protection).

WHO SHOULD ATTEND: Reasonably fit and well conditioned hikers who can handle a 6-mile hike on single-track trail over moderately steep terrain.




THIS WILL BE A TEAM HIKING EFFORT WHICH MEANS WE WILL STAY TOGETHER AS A GROUP. WE WILL BE HIKING THROUGH AN AREA THAT IS DESIGNATED AS A NATURAL PRESERVE AND THEREFORE SHOULD BE ENJOYED AT A GENERALLY MORE LEISURELY PACE. THEREFORE WE WILL MAKE EVERY ATTEMPT TO STAY TOGETHER AS A GROUP THROUGHOUT THE DURATION OF THE HIKE.




DIRECTIONS:
Parking is extremely limited so WE WILL BE CARPOOLing TO THE TRAIL HEAD. For carpool setup and other arrangements, let's meet at the park-n-ride lot at the Carmel Crossroads shopping center near the corner of Rio Road and Hwy 1 at 8:30 a.m. From there we will carpool together for the approximately 30-40 minute drive to the Mill Creek trail head.




RESPONSIBILITY:
Please be aware that we expect you to take responsibility for your safety while we are out on the trails. This means being prepared with adequate hiking gear and making sure the difficulty level of the event IS NOT beyond the limits of your health & conditioning. We understand that your "Yes" RSVP to this event means you accept this. For more information regarding safety, please refer to the Monterey Bay Area Hiking Group "About" section for more details.




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