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Contour Trail

Easy/Intermediate
 3.0 (1)

Mixed redwood forest trail connecting Ridge Trail to Blackhawk Canyon.


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Map Key

0.4

Miles

0.6

KM

96%

Runnable

1,335' 407 m

High

1,285' 392 m

Low

63' 19 m

Up

25' 8 m

Down

5%

Avg Grade (3°)

12%

Max Grade (7°)

Dogs Leashed

Features River/Creek

Open 8 a.m. to sunset.

Description

Contour Trail connects the current (January 2021) end of the usable portion of Blackhawk Trail, to Ridge Trail, thus providing a route out of Blackhawk Canyon where Blackhawk Trail ends.

As its name implies, Contour Trail follows a topographic contour line and is basically flat. Entirely in the forest, Contour Trail starts in the dense redwoods, at the bottom of deep, dark Blackhawk Canyon. The trail travels on a steep forested hillside, the northern hillside of the Blackhawk Canyon valley. As Contour Trail heads towards Ridge Trail, the hillside drops off to the right/southeast, as the creek at the canyon bottom, cascades downstream, moving away from Contour Trail. Leaving the canyon bottom behind, the redwoods give way to a mix with other trees, and the trail emerges from the darkness into sunshine.

Contour Trail ends after a short 0.4 miles, at Ridge Trail near its midpoint.

Flora & Fauna

Redwood forest at the trail start, changing to mixed redwood forest as it nears Ridge Trail.

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Shared By:

Joan Pendleton

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Contour Trail begins its climb up out of deep, dark, densely forested Blackhawk Canyon, on a sunny December day.
Jan 1, 2021 near Interlaken, CA
Twisty trees silhouetted by the afternoon winter sunlight along Ridge Trail.
Dec 27, 2020 near Interlaken, CA
This is the HUGE redwood that's over 8 feet across with its roots exposed next to the trail. Picture taken standing next to its exposed roots, that continued a few feet above my head.
Jan 1, 2021 near Interlaken, CA
This is a HUGE redwood, must be over eight feet across. Its roots are exposed on the trail side, but its still standing tall and straight, amazing.
Jan 1, 2021 near Interlaken, CA

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