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Doctor Rock Trail
Siskiyou Mountains in Six Rivers National Forest, California

I had heard about Doctor Rock as a sacred place of the Yurok people, but thought it was impossibly remote. It turned out to be just a couple of miles from the southern segment of the infamous G-O Road. The trail is unsigned, hidden behind a vehicle barrier near the end of the road.

It starts out as a fire road, in places paralleled by a footpath, but gets fainter as it drops down to a saddle and almost disappears as it climbs to the final ridge. I accidentally got on the wrong branch, to an old miners cabin, then bushwhacked up the ridge to the rock. I was not prepared for a long hike and was not carrying water, but a clear spring in serpentinite saved me, though all I had to drink out of was my lens-cap. It was exhilarating on the ridgetop, all alone, a grand panoramic view.


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The trail to Doctor Rock starts out through an extensive area of burned forest

The trail to Doctor Rock starts out through an extensive area of burned forest

The trail to Doctor Rock starts out through an extensive area of burned forest

Six Rivers National Forest, California

Date photographed: June 26, 2010
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Serpentine balds add botanical interest and open up views along the trail to Doctor Rock

Serpentine balds add botanical interest and open up views along the trail to Doctor Rock

Serpentine balds add botanical interest and open up views along the trail to Doctor Rock

Six Rivers National Forest, California

Date photographed: June 26, 2010
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A saddle with spring-fed pond just east of Doctor Rock

A saddle with spring-fed pond just east of Doctor Rock

A saddle with spring-fed pond just east of Doctor Rock

Six Rivers National Forest, California

Date photographed: June 26, 2010
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I called this tiny seep

I called this tiny seep "lens cap spring" because that was all I had to scoop up a much needed drinkl

I called this tiny seep "lens cap spring" because that was all I had to scoop up a much needed drinkl

Six Rivers National Forest, California

Date photographed: June 26, 2010
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The trail I thought would lead to Doctor Rock actually turned out to end at this miners cabin

The trail I thought would lead to Doctor Rock actually turned out to end at this miners cabin

The trail I thought would lead to Doctor Rock actually turned out to end at this miners cabin

Six Rivers National Forest, California

Date photographed: June 26, 2010
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Inside the cabin in the forest just east of Doctor Rock

Inside the cabin in the forest just east of Doctor Rock

Inside the cabin in the forest just east of Doctor Rock

Six Rivers National Forest, California

Date photographed: June 26, 2010
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Doctor Rock, sacred to the Yurok, crowns this ridge high above Blue Creek in the Siskiyou Mountains

Doctor Rock, sacred to the Yurok, crowns this ridge high above Blue Creek in the Siskiyou Mountains

Doctor Rock, sacred to the Yurok, crowns this ridge high above Blue Creek in the Siskiyou Mountains

Six Rivers National Forest, California

Date photographed: June 26, 2010
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