M Gilham Butte: Behind the Redwood Curtain
by Emmett Cartier
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The pilgrimage begins in the State Park five miles west of Highway 101 off the Mattole Road (which goes to Honeydew and the Lost Coast). Starting up the Grasshopper Multi-Use Trail and fire road, signs allow hiking, bikes, and horses. Note: there is also a Grasshopper Peak Trail, similar in difficulty, from near Weott on Highway 101. The trail climbs 2,900 feet out of the redwoods in 6.6 miles to Grasshopper Camp at 3,200 feet. The brochure states, “This is the toughest hike in the park!” It is seldom crowded. At Grasshopper Camp, the forest still recovers from the 2003 Canoe Fire. The camp has bear boxes but no tables or water. Fires are disallowed.
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