This is our most remote hike.
We do hikes up to 2 hours and 10 minutes from Chico
specifically to include South Yolla Bolly, since Chico is
the closest city to the area.
The trails in the area are
poorly maintained; with this hike we include the best
trail and a cross-country stretch over the highest mountain
in the California Coastal Ranges, Mt Linn.
loop, through varied terrain of rocky ridges, meadows, clear creeklets, and small lakes.
Generally we include
cross-country only if it is no harder than the hardest
trail. This is one is that hard.
Do not attempt if there is still snow. GPS recommended
Recommended to hike in on the
trail so that the cross-country portion is in the second
half of the hike. That way the steepest portions of
the cross-country are uphill rather than downhill. It
is safer this way.
There is a
grove of Foxtail Pines along the ridge route Mile 3.4 to
Mile 3.8 They are a relatively uncommon species,
and this is the southernmost population in the Coastal
Foxtail Pines are endemic (limited) to California.
this link for more information.