Open 8 a.m. to sunset.
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
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.
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
Shared By: Joan Pendleton