Did you know that the Klamath Mountains of northwest California and southwest Oregon are one of the most biodiverse temperate mountain ranges on Earth? In fact, 32 species of conifers and over 3,500 taxa of plants call this area home! The Bigfoot Trail traverses this amazing mountain range and celebrates the region’s plant diversity.
Join educator, ecologist, and author Michael Kauffmann, who first hiked the Bigfoot Trail in 2009, for a virtual 360- mile hiking tour. (See the map on page 9.) He will highlight the conifer diversity as well as some of the exceptional flowering plants that call this region home, with spectacular pictures and intriguing stories.
Michael Kauffmann is a kindergarten through college educator in Humboldt County where he lives with his wife and two young boys. He has served as an ecologist with the CNPS Vegetation Program mapping rare conifers including whitebark pine, yellow-cedar, Pacific silver fir, and bigcone Douglas-fir. He is also the author of Conifer County, Conifers of the Pacific Slope, and Field Guide to Manzanitas.