Last hike of the year, mapping more trail segments

Orchard and Camp Via
Jack London's orchard and Camp Via as seen from the Camp Via Trail.
User: Austin Explorer - 12/31/2020

Location: Jack London State Historic Park

Rating: 3stars
Difficulty: 3stars  Solitude: 3stars
Miles Hiked: 5.93 Miles  Elapsed Time: 3 hours, 7 minutes

Comments:

Coppertone and I chose to revisit Jack London State Park to map out some more trail segments we had not yet visited.  We parked at the back of the Sonoma Developmental Center once again and hiked in through Orchard Road.  We were retracing some of the path we walked not too long ago but things went a bit more quickly since we didn't stop to find caches along the way.

Orchard Road ends at Camp Via, a summer camp previously used by SDC.  The buildings are dilapidated now, with the campers' shelters in particular falling apart.  The main building seems intact enough but all of this seems to be completely abandoned.  We're not sure what the state's plans are for it.

Once we got to Camp Via we walked some of the crisscrossed paths that go through Jack London's orchards.  Many of the trees here seem neglected and are barely holding on.  A few others seemed to have tapped into the fountain of youth.  The disparity is a bit strange.  Camp Via Trail and Orchard Trail mark an "X" through the orchard and each consists of gently sloping jeep trails and a bit of single track trails.  There is a nice little spot off of Orchard Trail that provides a nice view over the orchard and Camp Via.

We did find a couple of geocaches while we were in the area and made our way back to the car just doubling back along Orchard Road.



Log Photos
Camp Via Trail
View off of Orchard Trail
Orchard and Camp Via
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