Photos from an August 2000 hike at Memorial County Park
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Trailhead
Trailhead
Crossing Pescadero Road
Crossing Pescadero Road
Start
Start of the trail
     Trail
     Trail
     Approaching junction
     Approaching junction
Tanoak
Tanoak
Huckleberry
Huckleberry
     Mt. Ellen Nature Trail
    Mt. Ellen Nature Trail
     Redwoods
     Redwoods
     Junction
     Junction
     Downhill
     Downhill
Through fallen trees
Through fallen trees
     Junction with Fire Road
   Junction with Fire Road
     Pomponio Trail
     Pomponio Trail
Sunny spot
Sunny spot with lots of nettles
Along the creek
Along the creek
Thimbleberries
Two ripe thimbleberries along the creek in August
     Overgrown
     Overgrown
Creambush
Creambush
Looking uphill
Looking uphill
     Starting to climb
     Starting to climb
Hazelnut
Hazelnut
     Uphill
     Uphill
Maple
Maple
Fern
Fern
     Gooseberry
     Gooseberry
Pomponio Trail
Pomponio Trail
Douglas firs replace redwoods
Douglas firs have replaced the redwoods
Beautiful forest
Beautiful mixed forest
     Douglas fir
     Douglas fir
     Maple leaves add color
   Maple leaves add color
     Poison oak
     Poison oak
Last uphill bit
Last uphill bit
Currant
Currant
Park boundary
Park boundary
Entering chaparral
Entering chaparral
Small bridge
Small bridge
Monkeyflower
Monkeyflower

Past a Douglas fir
     Pomponio Trail
     Pomponio Trail
     Fuchsia
     I think this is fuchsia
View through the Douglas firs
View through the Douglas firs
     Brief uphill
     Brief uphill
Rest bench
Rest bench
View south
Wow! View south
     Coffeeberry
    California coffeeberry
     Junction
Junction w/(unmaintained) path to viewpoint
     Ceanothus
     Ceanothus
Through chaparral
Through the chaparral
Lots of poison oak along the trail
Lots of poison oak along the trail here
Heading downhill back under trees
As you head downhill, more trees appear
Coast live oak
Coast live oak
     Under oaks
     Under the oaks
Last stretch of chaparral
Last stretch of chaparral
     Douglas fir
     Douglas fir
Back under tree cover
Back under tree cover
     Short climb
     Short climb
     Cool shade
     Cool shade
     Junction
     Junction
Fence guards a serious drop-off
Mt. Ellen Nature Trail; this fence guards a serious drop off
Edge of hillside
Edge of the hillside
     Mt. Ellen Nature Trail
    Mt. Ellen Nature Trail
View north mostly blocked by trees
Looking north; view mostly blocked by trees
     Along the narrow ridge
    Along the narrow ridge
     Toyon
     Toyon
     Summit
     Summit
Hazelnut
Hazelnut
     Downhill
     Downhill
Switchback
Switchback
     Switchback
     Switchback
Lush vegetation
Lush vegetation
Mount Ellen Nature Trail
Mount Ellen Nature Trail
     Redwoods rule
     Redwoods rule
     Ducking under a California bay
    Under a California bay
Descending
Descending
Back to the junction
Back to the junction
 









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