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Mill Creek Redwood Preserve Professional Review and Guide
"The Mill Creek Redwood Preserve encompasses 1 ,534 acres in a richly atmospheric forest along the upper reaches of Palo Colorado Road, just shy of Bottchers Gap. The preserve sits in the shade of dense second-growth redwoods, sycamores, tan- bark oaks, and maples on the northern slope of Bixby Mountain. Mill Creek flows through the forest and down the canyon, where it joins with Bixby Creek. The area has a rich and storied logging history that dates from the 1 800s through the 1 980s. Homesteader Charles Bixby ran a timber logging business and sawmill along Mill Creek in the late 1 800s. The area was later used for mining limestone. Remnants of the old logging operation and logging road are still evident. Holes in the trunks of redwoods, where planks were inserted for loggers to stand on while cutting the trees, can be spotted. The regional park was purchased in 1 989 through the combined efforts of the Big Sur Land Trust and the Regional Park District."
--Robert Stone, Day Hikes around Monterey & Carmel (Day Hike Books).
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