The beginning at 6:00 AM. Parked in Willits and ready to hit the trail, er, track!
Just before stepping onto the track at the Willits end of the Skunk Train
Right turn to Fort Bragg!!
Taken from the RR crossing of Highway 101.
Sidelined speeder and caboose.
The train stop for the Willits KOA.
Stretching exercise at mile post 37.
Starting up the 3.5 percent grade to Summit
Snackage while Roger calls home.
The Summit Tunnel. Elevation 1,794 feet
Construction date on tunnel 1945
Motor car going through the Summit Tunnel.
Mile Marker 35. Five miles down. Thirty Five to go
The faucet works but most of the pipe is missing!
Taking a break on Mile Marker 34
Old Phone in the Crowley way station.
GPS Topo map showing the switchbacks and our location along them.
The Sunday Motorcar run to Northspur.
The Motorcar returning from Northspur to Willits.
Traffic over for the day, time to set up camp.
Fewer mosquitoes in the open.
Trees have the right of way!
I seem to have sung "Alfafa Hay" once too often.
Another non working water tower.
Refilling our water bottles with the Katadyn water filter pump.
Clare Mill, Elevation 1,026
Collected hardware at Clare Mill
Old fire scars on this redwood at Clare Mill.
A recent downed tree cleared from the track. Note sawdust still between the rails!
Obvious heroic work replacing a blown out culvert.
Roger has a i-touch with an i-bird app. Very handy!
The return part of this switchback in view!
Flowers make their appearance.
Freshly downed baby tree, I cleared the track.
Lots of coyote scat on the railroad ties along the way.
A lot of ties need replacing.
Oh boy! Please let me by!!
Some logger hung up his boots?
Burbeck. Elevation 664 feet.
Worn out equipment, still in use.
Like the sign says, "Derail".
Another disassembled siding.
Roger's cuban fiber tarp.
Northspur water tower. New tank, old tower.
Tea made with my homemade, alcohol burning, cat food tin!
Camp Mendo. One half mile.
Mile Post 20. Half way home!
A place to wait for the train.
Camp Mendocino. Boys and Girls Scout Camp.
Alpine. Elevation 248 feet.
Another recent log cleared from the tracks.
One of many bridges over the Noyo River
Waiting for the Diesel excursion train.
Wood barrel in the foreground that used to hold water for putting out trestle fires. No longer needed evidently.
One of many ponds along the Noyo River. We did not see one fish!!!
"Swanch wise" ties matching the bridge girders underneath
Green canopy reflected by the shiny rails.
Grove, One half mile. elevation 119 feet.
Maintenance siding coming up.
Branch clearing scaffold?
For tunnel work? Clearing limbs?
Stretching on Mile Post 12
The Noyo River character changes in the lower elevations.
A machine to "fluff up" the ballast. i think!
Mile Post 11. The closer we get to "civilization" the more bullet holes and graffiti these mile posts exhibit!
No! You can't have this one!
There are quite a few "way stations". Some in use.
Another bridge. Don't know why there was a felt cloth nailed down between the rails.
Mile Post 10. Third night camp out spot.
Pumping water from the Noyo
Camping above the Noyo. A nice mellow white noise all night from a riffle.
One of the old growth redwoods that didn't get cut and hauled off via the railroad.
One of only a few crossings.
One of several cabins along the way.
Some sort of vine with fruit. Stickers on the fruit!
More track maintenance equipment.
Only snake we saw and it was dead on the ties.
According to Roger; "Pacific race of the Rubber Boa".
Noyo River gauging station
Water intake station on the Noyo.
Diesel excursion enters the tunnel. The observation car has been cleared because of the fumes.
Diesel excursion in the tunnel.
The tunnel at the Fort Bragg end.
Timbers inside the tunnel.
Skunk Train maintenance van.
Pudding Creek alga bloom.
Bush street crossing in Fort Bragg.