The North Fork of the Little Sur River, El Río Chiquito del Sur, passes between the lower slopes of Pico Blanco and Bixby Mountain on its way to the sea.
Douglas Iris (Iris douglasiana) growing in profusion along the Little Sur Trail. Come spring, this should be quite a display.
El Rillito: The ford at Pico Blanco Boy Scout Camp.
The start of the trail to Jackson and Fox Camps does not look encouraging.
On the climb toward the South Fork, a massive Douglas Fir across the trail is easier to get around than it looks. Same goes for an equally massive redwood suspended across the trail a little further on. These logs look more than big enough and more than awkwardly placed enough to satisfy any trail crew looking for a serious challenge.
Denizen of live oak woodlands, a California Sister (Adelpha bredowii californica) alights on the forest floor.
A fine mess. A classic “pile o’ logs” trail obstruction. Fortunately, all the deadfalls between the Scout Camp and the Mt. Manuel Trail junction are easy to bypass.
What fire? The park-like oak groves on the eastern shoulder of Pico Blanco survived the Basin Complex Fire with no apparent damage – in spite of the fact that they hadn’t seen fire in who knows how long (the Marble Cone and Kirk Complex Fires both missed them). One thing we’ve learned in wandering through the Basin Complex burn is that large oaks are a lot more resistant to fire damage than we would have guessed.
“Steep sea-wave of marble” The eastern face of Pico Blanco.
Trail through the redwoods.
Wall where scouts have been working to earn their graffiti merit badge.
The Double Cone, Window and Kandlbinder