Welcome to Ariadne's Forest
Autumn (November 2001) California Redwoods and Waterfalls:
The Berry Creek Falls Loop in the Forest of Big Basin State Park.
J. Zimmerman, Ph.D.
What can you see and hear by walking a particular trail every month? The
11-mile Berry Creek Falls Trail is a loop through redwood forests, riparian
habitats, and chaparral. Each month there are marvelous changes. Here is the
news for November for
Other monthly reports.
- Winter rains have begun. Part of the hike was in a heavy shower; the
redwoods entirely protected the path from the rain.
- Near Park HQ: a fawn grazing alone; the loud, slow drumming of pileated
woodpeckers; the caw of crows.
- 13 (thirteen) banana slugs in miles 2-4.
- Near Timm's Creek Trail, counted 224 tree rings in the redwood that fell
across the trail last month. So, that redwood began in 1777.
- The first California newt of the season, seen around mile 3, slowly climbing
its mile or two back to its birth pool or birth stream.
- A few mushrooms and shelf fungi.
- California sister butterfly around mile 5.
- A Cooper's hawk (quite large, brown and white barred chest) glided down from
a knobcone pine on the boundary between chapparal and mixed conifer.
- Oregon juncos pecking the dry path under conifers.
- Small orange globes of the madrone berries dot the trail around mile 9.
- Huckleberry leaves especially bright and shining.
Respect The Berry Creek Falls Trail.
Honor the trail restrictions, in courtesy
for the Forest and other users. Hikers only. No dogs. No horses. No mountain
See also these pages
Forest and Tree Home,