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Hidden Valley Interpretive Trail, Aug 2022

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A surprising little mountain prairie

According to Bureau of Land Management (BLM) map of King Range Conservation Area, Hidden Valley was the homestead of one of Shelter Cove’s first white settler, Frank McKee. Frank bought 160 acres from US government in 1876 and BLM purchased the land in 1981. The Hidden Valley Interpretive Trail, at the intersection of Shelter Cove Road and Chemise Mountain Road, is approximately 1.8 miles, and provides a surprising view of a mountain valley prairie. There is a gentle climb up, about two hundred feet. We were the only visitor on the trail that afternoon.

Start of the trail is near a creek, it is lush here
Lush grassland
View of the ocean
Grassland has dried out leaving some flowers in bloom
Start of the lost coast trail. We will climb back on this trail from Wailaki campground on a subsequent hike.
View of the prairie from near the lost cost trail.

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August 19, 2022 at 5:01 am

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