Take a hike to Big Red on Saturday

PHOTO COURTESY OF SANCTUARY FOREST The majestic ancient redwood, Big Red, will be the focus of this Saturday's Sanctuary Forest hike.

MATTOLE >> Join Sanctuary Forest on Saturday, August 23rd for the Big Red: Ancient Redwood hike! The hike will be led by Sanctuary Forest Board member Stuart Moskowitz, and will be held in a section of virgin, Mattole headwaters forest, untouched by logging and rarely entered by humans.

Hike leaders will take participants from the Mattole River to the ridge top and back to the Mattole along a rugged trail that winds through the forest. At the ridge top Stuart will share stories about the Mattole community's historic efforts to preserve different areas of this forest, including the 2,000 year old Big Red, which sparked the creation of Sanctuary Forest in 1987.

Please meet at the Sanctuary Forest office in Whitethorn at 9 a.m. Bring a lunch and plenty of water and wear sturdy hiking shoes. Be prepared for a rigorous, mostly uphill, approximately five-mile hike on uneven terrain — there is also a very steep, slippery downhill section towards the end. The hike will end between 4 and 5 p.m.

This is a group excursion, and participants are asked to stay together at all times. The hike is free of charge, though donations are gladly accepted and help Sanctuary Forest offer this program year after year. For questions or clarifications, contact Marisa at marisa@sanctuaryforest.org, or call 986-1087 x 1#.

Support from volunteers and local businesses have made this program possible for Sanctuary Forest. Local businesses that have made generous contributions are Blue Star Gas, Caffe Dolce, Charlotte's Perennial Gardens, Chautauqua Natural Foods, Dazey's Supply, First Fig Gallery, Hohstadt's Garden Center, Humboldt Bar & Grill, James Holland, MSW Counseling Services, J. Angus Publishing Group, Madrone Realty, Mattole Meadows, Mattole River Studios, Monica Coyne Artist Blacksmith, Ned Harwood Construction, Pierson Building Center, Redwood Properties, Roy Baker O.D., Southern Humboldt Fitness, Sylvandale Gardens, The Security Store, Vella Wood Flooring, Whitethorn Construction, Whitethorn Winery, Wildberries Marketplace and Wyckoff's Plumbing.

Sanctuary Forest is a land trust whose mission is to conserve the Mattole River watershed and surrounding areas for wildlife habitat and aesthetic, spiritual and intrinsic values, in cooperation with our diverse community.