At the Nira Trailhead with an overloaded Gossamer Gear Gorilla pack (30 pounds) and a Subway veggie sandwich.
My favorite photo opportunity. Compare this photo with one taken in 2007 post Zaca fire:
Gopher snake trying to warm up on a chilly morning.
Rik's favorite saying: "I love you Los Padres".
At the highest point of the Manzana Trail. Compare with a Pre-Zaca picture taken in 2007:
Happy Hunting Ground Campsite. Making a slow comeback.
View of White Ledge cliffs and Sierra Madre.
Trail destruction caused by a tree falling into a large erosion gully.
Approaching SouthFork Station. The cabin is just visible through the vegetation.
A bear used the cabin to sharpen his claws.
The wood stove kept the cabin warm on the chilly nights.
The SouthFork Cabin firepit BEFORE photo...
... and AFTER photo.
This large slide about a mile up stream from SouthFork did not impact the trail.
A bear was digging for food.
Vegetation covered with frost.
Sycamore tree winter foliage.
I dubbed this geological formation "the pancake stack".
Mountain lion track
One of 3 downed trees between Skunk and Mansfield, before photo....
...and after photo.
One of my favorite sections on the trail between SouthFork and Skunk.
Breakfast in SouthFork Cabin.
Rik cleans the campsite to make it a showcase.
This large pine completely blocked 30 feet of trail at the Manzana and Sisquoc juntion. A before photo....
... and after photo.
Rik stops to admire the geological formations known as "White Ledge".
Another section of the White Ledge.
A small grotto behind the upper Manzana Falls.
Trickling Falls. This series of pools just past the Alcove Camp on the Manzana Trail is often the last water source before the SIsquoc River.
Headed back to the Nira Trailhead. Another Zaca Fire comparison photo: