Once there, I cruised up the valley carved by centuries of rain and creek wanderings. Western Scrub Jays called from redwood canopies and ferns dripped with the day's drizzle. California Newts crawled out from their hiding places in celebration. However, even though we've been getting bits of rain here and there, the creek itself was clearly impacted by the drought.
In the coming months I plan to check out a few more Central California steelhead creeks. This one's on the top of the list, but not before some significant rains. Ones that will open up the sand bar blocking the creek's connection to the Pacific Ocean. Ones that scour the river bottom, creating space for paired off steelhead to do their dance. Steelhead are resilient, there's not doubt about that. However, a small population like the one inhabiting this creek can be erased with only a few years of drought. Let's all keep our fingers crossed that the rains come fast and strong. The Central California Coast Steelhead could use the water.