Friday, December 7, 2007


This is a great mushroom year! A free permit to collect mushrooms on JDSF is available at the office 802 North Main St. in Fort Bragg, CA

Gomphus floccous (Woolly Chanterelle)
Not edible
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Sunday, December 2, 2007

Drains Cleaned on Camp One Loop and Manley Gulch Trails

It's December and little rain has fallen this season. The drains on upper 2/3 of the Manley Gulch trail and lower1/2 of the Equestrian Trail portion of the Camp One Loop Trail have been cleared. Local soils are easer to work when moist so it's been harder to rebuild water bars this year. Drain work on these trails should be completed by the end of the month. Get out and enjoy the Forest!

Wednesday, August 1, 2007

Bridges in Manley Gulch

The Manley Gulch trail has a new bridge!

Thanks to an anonymous person a very nice bridge has been constructed on the Manley Gulch trail.

This is the stream crossing before new bridge was built.

The log bridge is the only problem on the trail now!
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Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Road 500 Trash

Rd 350 at Rd 500 after clean-up. Thank you JDSF!

This is the same area before clean-up.

The new party spot Rd 510 at Rd 500 is getting heavy use.
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Sunday, June 10, 2007

Polishing the Gas Cap Trail

Horse riders could not get over David's ramp. I cut a gap in the downed tree above the ramp so equestrians can go up and around without tearing up the trail. Horse riders were damaging the trail by going around under the tree and cutting up to the trail.
Exposed roots on steep corner were getting damaged by trail users.

I covered roots with soil to help protect them from getting torn up. This was not done to make the trail easier to ride. Heavy breaking is already cutting into soil and I may place an obstacle up hill of this corner to slow riders down.
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Sunday, May 20, 2007

More Wildflowers

Some cool plants I met recently!

Spotted Coral Root Orchid,
(Corallorhiza maculala) near Camp Eight on Rd 361. These orchids are everywhere this year!

Bead Lilly,

(Clintonia Andrewsiana) top of Gas Cap Trail.

Wild Iris,

(Iris Douglasiana) Rd 720 near Gas Cap Trail.

Thursday, May 17, 2007


Wet springs the last few years have helped this to be a great wildflower year. Rhododendrons in the pygmy forest areas are especially beautiful this spring. Irises in sunny areas are also blooming spectacularly. This is a great time of year to explore the forest!

Dogwood, Hwy 20 east of Camp Twenty.
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Wednesday, May 9, 2007

Tree Poachers on Rd 409

Unauthorized tree cutting is a problem in JDSF. Poachers trash trails and reduce the beauty of the area. Most thieves are only after some firewood to sell or burn. Others are stealing logs for lumber milling. This site south of Rd 409 is one of the most blatant rip offs I have seen!

Old growth snag cut down by wood thieves!

Trees felled by wood poachers.

Marks left along thieves road.

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Wednesday, May 2, 2007

JDSF Trail Signs

Over the years many attempts have been made to help trail users to find their way. Vandalism is the biggest problem with trail signs. Some trail users would like to keep the trails for themselves and tear them down so it is hard for others to find. Some want a souvenir and steal attractive signs. Others shoot at and destroy them for fun.
Gas Tank Trail at Little Lake Trail
This was a low cost attempt at marking trails using paper plates. Most plates at trail heads were immediately torn down. This plate has held up for more than two years.

Little Lake Trail at Rd 409
Metal signs where put up some years ago when this was an official County trail from the town of Mendocino to the city of Willits. Most have been vandalized but are still in place and useful. The County has abandoned this trail and it is hard to find outside of JDSF.

Cook House Gulch Trail at Opservation Point Trail
Carved wood signs were put up by CCC workers many years ago. Some of these surely must have been stolen. These were recently reconditioned and placed at the junction of Cook House and Observation Point Trails.

Cook House Gulch / Forest History Trail at Manley Gulch Trail
Laminated paper markers are being used in the Woodlands Camps area. These are inexpensive and seem to be holding up.
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Sunday, April 22, 2007

Trail Markers

Trail markers help show a route but do not necessarily identify the trail.
Some trail markers used on JDSF are,

Metal posts along

Little Lake / Sherwood Trail

Three red bars painted on trees along
Caspar area trails

Caution tape hung on branches along
Rd 409 area trails

Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Trash Multiplies

More dumping at Rd 500/Rd 530. After the truck was dumped here last month some cable and other trash was left. Now another vehicle has been dumped. It seems unless the dumpers are caught and prosecuted we will be looking at increasing garbage dumped on the State Forest.

Wednesday, March 7, 2007

Reinforced Water Bars

Gully formed by water running down the trail in the past
Camp One Loop Trail

Stick reinforced water bar has held up with heavy traffic

Motorcycle rut stopped by stick and the water bar held
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Sunday, March 4, 2007

Waterfall Time!

Waterfall in Manley Gulch
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Friday, March 2, 2007

Mendocino Woodlands Camps Area Trails

Trails near The Woodlands Camps. Trail west of Observation Point is Cook House Trail. STA = JDSF Special Treatment Area. Little Lake Rd (408) follows red boundary line on the west side of map.
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Thursday, March 1, 2007

End of Pavement

My Favorite Road Sign!
Road 409 near JDSF
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Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Manley Gulch Bridges

Manley Gulch Trail bridges have been built using different construction methods and materials. Some have held up for a long time others have not.
The upper bridge is three ruff 8"x8"timbers set next to each other to cross a dry gulch. As this bridge aged it rotted become unstable with wide gaps between timbers. Users are now going through the dry gulch to avoid this bridge.
Some small plank bridges are being used with no problems at this time.
A log bridge using 4" logs fastened to 6" logs crossing a creek built 2 years ago has held up.
Another log bridge of similar construction crossing a creek farther down the trail had logs rot and break. This bridge was pulled out to allow trail users to pass through the creek.
One bridge is constructed from three 10" logs crossing a creek. The logs have rotted and large gaps have formed. An attempt to fill gaps with sticks and covering with soil was made . This is failing. Trail users have been using this bridge carefully.
Another bridge is constructed from two rail road rails crossing the creek with 2"x8" boards cut to fit between the rails. The boards started rotting at the ends and falling through the rails. New 2"x6" boards replaced some rotten boards. More boards have fallen through. Trail users are carefully using the bridge.
The lower bridge rotted to the point it was closed.
A new bridge was built using 2"x6" planks fastened to 6"x8" timbers crossing the creek. Trail users are using this bridge.

Saturday, February 24, 2007

More Trash

Most trash was dumped at the old party spot on Rd. 530 before the gate was put in.

Rd. 500 at Rd. 530
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Thursday, February 22, 2007

Official JDSF Maps

General area map.

Camp One and Camp Twenty Area Maps.

Entire Forest Recreational Map.
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Trashing and Thrashing

Jackson Demonstration State Forest has been trying to keep 4-Wheelers off closed roads and dumpers off The Forest completely. New rock barriers are helping! Still dumping and thrashing is happening. 4-Wheelers are breaking open closed gates and going around barriers. Trashing has been mostly along open roads. This should make it easier to spot dumpers. Please get description of vehicle / dumpers and report trashing to JDSF 707 964-5674 or Sheriff 707 961-2421.

Unofficial Trails near Caspar Orchard Road (Rd. 500)

Cycling Trails in Caspar Area of Jackson State Forest

Please be courteous to equestrians and hikers/dog walkers that frequent this area. Do not ride trails when wet. Trails stay wet weeks after a heavy rain and will be damaged if ridden. Take all your trash out with you. Jackson State Forest has been great about allowing bikes on trails. Please do your best to keep this Forest open to cyclists!

Lower loop. Miles, 3. Fitness level, medium. Skill level, medium.

Lower loop trailhead, Rd 500 at Rd 600, don’t block the gate. Look for 500 Trail a hundred feet down Rd 600 on left. This is fun twisting trail thru redwood, fir, and pine forest. There is a few short steep climbs but most of this trail is not hard to ride. Watch out for large tree roots and sandy corners, ride with caution. Trail ends at T.V. Trail about an eighth mile after crossing Rd 500. You may turn left to return to Lower loop trailhead or turn right and add Upper loop and 4.5 miles to your ride. This trail is an old logging road and it is fairly flat and straight with a lot of large puddles months after rain. Most puddles have by-pass trails around them. Really fast speeds can be reached on this trail. Make lots of noise and expect to see someone on the trail around every corner. T.V. Trail east has some rutted areas and a stream crossing fallowed by a short, steep, rutted climb about an eighth mile from S.H. Trail, at west end is Rd 530. This rocked road is closed to motor vehicles because garbage dumping was a major problem. Road ends at Rd 500 turn left for a few hundred feet to first logging road on right and take this road a few hundred feet to 500 Trail turn right on trail to Lower loop trailhead.

Upper Loop. Miles, 2.5. Fitness level, difficult. Skill level, difficult.

Upper loop trailhead, Rd 500 at Rd 520, don’t block the gate. Look for S.H. Trail a few hundred feet up Rd 500 on left. This is an old logging road that is used illegally by four-wheel drive off roaders. Because of this use there are large ruts and holes on the trail, ride with caution. Follow this trail about a quarter mile to T.V. Trail. You may turn left here to Lower loop or keep straight on Upper loop. After about a mile look for rutted trail on left, this is Three Pipe Trail. This is a very steep climb on an old logging trail. Near the top of the climb look for trail on right. This is Gunslinger Trail that was built by cyclists and has many tight corners and abrupt grade changes. After crossing Rd 500 find Thru Stump Trail to right of gate and more technical trail. This trail ends at Rd 500 across from S.H. Trail. Turn left on road to Upper loop trailhead.

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To join send $10 individual, $20 household/organization and any amount extra you would like to donate to; Mendocino Coast Cyclists, P.O.Box 742, Fort Bragg, CA. 95437. Membership entitles you to receive admission to member only events, updates on rides and issues concerning riding in our area, and a 10% discount at Catch A Canoe, Fort Bragg Cyclery, and The Outdoor Store.

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Storm damage cleared from Gas Cap Trail

David Desautels cleared storm damage from Gas Cap Trail. Photos 2/6/07

Unofficial Trails near Caspar / Little Lake Road (Rd. 409)

Trails along Rd. 409
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