In this interview with the lead author of Wildflowers of the Trinity Alps, Ken DeCamp shares stories about the book and how he became a photographer and naturalist. Hopefully his thoughts inspire you to get out on a wildflower adventure this year!Continue Reading
Michael Kauffmann spoke with Cliff Berkowitz on KHUM’s Happy Trails about places to visit–starting now–to explore spectacular Humboldt County wildflower hikes. Flowers start flowering early because of the temperate nature of the region. This means that you can find wildflowers starting in January near the coast, all the way to June and July inland in our mountains.
Humboldt County wildflower hikes by flowers
Fetid Adder’s Tongue (Scoliopus bigelovii)
Trillium (Trillium spp.)
- Lanphere and Ma-le’l Dunes
- Humboldt Redwoods State Park
- Grizzly Creek Redwoods State Park (Cheatham Grove)
- Bald Hills in Redwood National Park
Visit the Klamath Mountains
Welcome to a Brave New Year
Here are a few highlights from the world of Backcountry Press in 2017.
Happy Trails and other adventures in 2018 and thanks for your support.
Hiking Humboldt v2 Released
Rees Hughes and Jason Barnes teamed up to create an incredible guidebook to Humboldt County.
Wildflowers of the Trinity Alps Released
Ken DeCamp, Julie Kierstead Nelson and Julie Knorr teamed up on this ode to the Klamath Mountains.
Podcast with Ken DeCamp
The author of Wildflowers of the Trinity Alps discusses the history of the new book.
On 8.21.2017 a once in a lifetime event occurred, witnessed herein on Oregon’s Ochoco National Forest.
Obi Kaufmann’s Favorite Books 2017
Wildflowers of the Trinity Alps makes Obi’s favorites list for the year, thanks Obi!
Mapping California’s Rarest Conifer
CNPS and Michael Kauffmann worked to map and inventory yellow-cedar in the Siskiyous.
Ken DeCamp, author of Wildflowers of the Trinity Alps, was born to parents who took him on his first backpacking trip when he was 4 months old into Glacier National Park. Since that time he has logged thousands of trail miles in the Pacific Northwest, Alaska, the Carolinas, Georgia, Pakistan, Australia, and Switzerland. He has been drawing and photographing wildflowers for over 40 years and it is from this collection of images that this book became a reality. Though he has traveled widely, he has always considered the mountains of northern California his home and has, for 60 years, explored their most hard to reach places. He retired from the USDA Forest Service in 2008 after a 38 year career in Fire, Land Management Planning, and Public Affairs. He lives with his wife Pam in Shasta Lake where they spend time with their family and their only pet, a cardboard dog named “Flat fido,” gifted by a friend who thought that, someday, they might need serious protection from something. Ken is also an avid backpacker, trail runner, and mountain biker.
Two thousand nine hundred pounds of wildflower bliss is now being distributed around the world from Humboldt County. We are excited to share this wonderful new resource crafted by Ken DeCamp, Julie Kierstead Nelson, and Julie Knorr. Buy directly from us, look for it at fine, independent bookstores across the West, or contact us to get it in your favorite store.
505 flowers in 10 seconds!
Learn about the parasitic and Mycotrophic plants of the Klamath Mountains, featured in Wildflowers of the Trinity Alps.
“Wildflowers of the Trinity Alps is a comprehensive guide to over 500 species of flowers found in this diverse and beautiful part of northern California. Organized by flower color for the enthusiastic amateur, the photographs and descriptive text tell each plant’s story to help with identification in the field. A nice touch is the author telling where he found and photographed many of the flowers.”
— Mark Turner, Photographer
eBooks available for immediate download.
“This gorgeous book is a visual feast for anyone with an interest in natural floral beauty, especially of some of northwest California’s most floristically diverse hotspots. Stunning color photos paired with engaging, straightforward descriptions and comparisons make this an indispensable guide to the rich diversity of botanical gems in the heart of the Klamath Ranges. It will be treasured both by those traveling to these premier wilderness destinations and those who prefer to indulge in their floristic highlights from afar.”
—Bruce G. Baldwin, Curator of the Jepson Herbarium, U.C. Berkeley
“This book is the culmination of Ken DeCamp’s life-long love of photographing and identifying wildflowers. He brings the Trinity Alps and their spectacular display of wildflowers to life in this richly photographed guide. A monumental achievement.”
—Matt Ritter, author of California’s Trees Among Us