Fort Ross Orchard and Spyra Memorial Grove to Kolmer Gulch Camp Professional Review and Guide
"Near the center of Fort Ross State Historic Park is the Fort Ross Orchard, a three-acre garden filled with apple, plum, and pear trees dating back to 1814. Across the road from the historic orchard is the Stanley Spyra Memorial Grove. The grove has the world’s oldest known second-growth coastal redwoods. The San Andreas Fault runs through the orchard and the memorial grove. During the infamous 1906 San Francisco earthquake, the ground suddenly shifted more than 12 feet. The grove has visible remnants of the earthquake, including offset creeks, sag ponds (water-filled depressions along the fault), escarpments, and damaged trees. The ancient redwoods had their trunks split and their tops snapped off. The branches have since grown in a deformed manner. This hike takes an old logging road from the Stanley Spyra Memorial Grove and follows the fractured land to Kolmer Gulch Camp, an old mining camp on the edge of the creek. At the camp are benches, a fire pit, spring water, a wood shelter, and an old wooden fence"