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.