S.P. TAYLOR 
BILL'S TRAIL

June 10,  2011
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Trail/Park Description:
While we had taken Devil's Gulch before, Bill's Trail was new to most of our group. The former trail starts out wonderfully lush, but dries out after a mile as you enter Oak woodlands. To continue this lushness, about a half mile into Devil's Gulch, turn right across the only bridge and then bear left. Bill's Trail climbs continuously through amazing fern lined banks and dense forests for another 1.5 miles until it opens up to grasslands. At this point you can either choose to go back or continue the loop, but it isn't as pretty in spite of the views unless you like very steep dusty or muddy fire roads.

See our Park page for more information. 

Blooming Plants Not Photographed:
NN= Non Native
Aesculus californica (Buckeye)
Anagallis arvensis (Scarlet Pimpernel)NN
Aquilegia formosa (Red Columbine)
Cardamine californica (Milk Maids)
Carduus pycnocephalus (Italian Thistle)NN
Claytonia perfoliata (Minerís Lettuce)
Conium maculatum (Poison Hemlock)NN
Cynoglossum grande (Houndís Tongue)
Disporum hookeri (Green Fairy Bells)
Erodium botrys (Long Beaked Filaree)NN
Eschscholzia californica (California Poppy)
Fragaria vesca (Wild Strawberry)
Fritillaria affinis (Mission Bells)
Geranium dissectum (Cut Leaf Geranium)NN
Heuchera micrantha (Alum Root)
Hypochaeris radicata (Rough Catís Ears)NN
Lathyrus vestitus (Hillside Pea)
Lithophragma heterophyllum (Woodland Star)
Madia gracilis (Slender Tarweed)
Malva neglecta (Umbrella Mallow)NN
Marah fabaceus (Wild Cucumber)
Marah oreganus (Wild Cucumber)
Medicago polymorpha (Bur Clover)NN
Myosotis latifolia (Forget-Me-Not)NN
Osmorhiza berteroi (Sweet Cicely)
Plantago lanceolata (English Plantain)NN
Plectritis brachystemon (Plectritis)
Ranunculus californicus (Ca. Buttercup)
Ranunculus muricatus (Prickle Fruited Buttercup)
Rosa gymnocarpa (Wood Rose)
Rubus parviflorus (Thimble Berry)
Rubus ursinus (California Blackberry)
Sambucus mexicana (Blue Elderberry)
Sanicula crassicaulis (Snakeroot)
Senecio aronicoides (Butterweed)
Scrophularia californica (Bee Plant)
Sisyrinchium bellum (Blue Eyed Grass)
Smilacina racemosa (Fat Solomonís Seal)
Smilacina stellata (Slim Solomonís Seal)
Solanum xanti (Purple Nightshade)
Spergularia rubra (Purple Sand Spurrey)NN
Stachys ajugoides var. rigida (Hedge Nettle)
Trientalis latifolia (Star Flower)
Trifolium hirtum (Rose Clover )NN
Trillium ovatum (Trillium)
Vicia villosa (Hairy Vetch)NN

Ferns & Allies Not Photographed:
Adiantum jordanii (Maidenhair Fern)
Dryopteris arguta (Wood Fern)
Pentagramma triangularis (Gold Back Fern)
Polypodium calirhiza (Nested Polypody Fern)
Polystichum munitum (Sword Fern)
Pteridium aquilinum var. pubescens (Bracken Fern)

Photo album courtesy of Jalbum