We were both alone and in company yesterday on the trail. 

There were rumours from previous passing northbound hikers that the trail ahead into Seiad Valley was closed. When we started walking the forest fire smoke was worse than normal and suddenly there were no more hikers. The trail was empty of its traffic. Typically in a day we count up to 40 or more hikers but only 2 passed in the early morning and then there were none. This was alarming as it meant the trail was closed and the fire was potentially a real hazard.

We decided to hike the remaining day’s 28 miles to get off the trail and into the relative safety of Seiad Valley by continuing along the trail as quickly as possible. A big walking day for us which we managed arriving in the dark to the tiny town. 

However, as we pushed through the miles we kept seeing these huge foot prints. Bear or Big Foot? Can somebody please reassure us? They are massive when you see the point of the heal. 

5 thoughts on “Company 

  1. Also, the “heel” you are seeing is actually the front pad of the front foot, which has been partially obscured when the hind foot covers the original track. Generally a bear walks on the front pad on the front feet and the pad and heel on the back feet, depending on the surface of course. So the bear probably isn’t as big as you think, whew. But if you do see Bigfoot be sure and get some nice clear footage and your fortunes will be made!


  2. Wow! Cool!
    That’s a nice sized black bear. I wouldn’t be terribly worried about it, just keep hanging your food packs at night (including toothpaste) and bears will leave you alone. The only reason they would be aggressive is if you walk between mama and her cubs, so be alert in feeding areas such as huckleberry patches, etc. Make noise now and then. Bears are shy and are not going to sneak up on you on purpose. You are NOT in grizzly country, there are none down there, nada, so put that out of your mind completely.

    What a drag about the smoke, though. It really affects my breathing so we are lucky it hasn’t been around up here much lately. That may change. The town of Brookings is preparing to possibly evacuate.

    Welcome to California! What an achievement!


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