|Kila Springs ooze cold and clear beneath a canopy of redwoods, firs, tan oaks and wild
rhododendrons a few miles east of the village of Mendocino, on the Northern California
The springs are named for the Siberian husky with one blue eye and one brown eye who
first nosed them out as the source of a little creek that tumbles through densely wooded
canyons toward the Big River far below. The river in turn empties into the Pacific Ocean
under the bluffs and sea-caves that rim Mendocino Bay, 155 miles north of San Francisco.
The Kila Springs Group and its imprint, Kila Springs Press, began life in a log house
made of Western red cedar and lumber milled from trees felled to clear the site, upslope
from the springs. A dirt track connects the property to a winding two-lane road that
offers one of the most scenic, though arduous, drives in the United States.
|East of the hamlet of Comptche, the pot-holed pavement ascends and descends a series
of high ridges, winding past ranches and secluded backcountry retreats, threading the
redwood grove that harbors some of the world’s tallest trees, skirting a venerable hot
springs resort and topping out at almost 2,600 feet above sea level looking north to the
peaks of the Yolla Bolly-Middle Eel Wilderness.
Follow that road to the new offices of Kila Springs Press, at Blue Oak Farm above Weber
Creek between Rescue and Lotus, in California's Motherlode... three miles from Sutter's
Mill, where the first glint of California gold was spied in January 1848.