Fort Ross Orchard and Spyra Memorial Grove to Kolmer Gulch Camp

Jenner, California

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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

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"

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Jenner
Distance: 1.8
Elevation Gain: 200 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 1 hour
Season: Year-round
Local Maps: U.S.G.S. Fort Ross and Plantation Fort Ross State Historic Park map

Fort Ross Orchard and Spyra Memorial Grove to Kolmer Gulch Camp Reviews

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This trail starts out magnificently, but gets much less interesting as it goes on. The huge old Bay tree right on the road is worth driving up to see even if you don't do the hike. Then, the dense redwood forest on your left as you go down the first 100 yards of the trail is a treat. Just past the redwoods the trail goes through a marshy area with lots of cattails. After that it's kind of boring. The old logging camp is somewhat of a disappointment, looking more like a more recent derelict camp than anything historic.
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