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Jack London State Historic Park tree hike


Hugging is allowed

In 1905, Jack London bought the first of several “worn-out” parcels of land that he would ultimately revive to become his Beauty Ranch. Today, that land is open to the public as Jack London State Historic Park. On Saturday, Oct. 16, from 9 a.m. to noon, Director of Operations Eric Metz will lead a leisurely ecological ramble through the park for a deep dive into the story of the heritage trees in and around the Beauty Ranch and Wolf House. Most of the trees on the walk were planted by Jack London more than 100 years ago and are considered historic due to their age and their contributions to the story of Jack London’s life and impact on the property. Metz will also give an update on the condition of the beloved 400-year-old oak known as “Jack’s Oak,” as well as “Little Jack,” a tree that was grown from an acorn from Jack’s favorite tree.

“On the walk, we will be talking about bamboo, walnut, almond, pomegranate, olive, palm, mulberry, persimmon, apple, pear, prune, elderberry, western red cedar, and the infamous eucalyptus,” said Metz. Participants will learn how he and a group of volunteer land stewards preserve these historic community assets on the easy-tomoderate three-mile hike. Participants are advised to wear comfortable and sturdy shoes for hiking and bring plenty of water and snacks. Meet in the ranch parking lot by turning right after the entry kiosk. For tickets, visit events/heritage-trees.