RESERVE & STATE FOREST |
BOGGS LAKE & BOGGS STATE FOREST
July 22, 2013
We had heard about Boggs Lake for years through our plant connections and finally had the opportunity to see one of the premier vernal pool plant communities in the state. The lake itself is about 90 acres held in place by a mostly impervious layer of volcanic ash. Numerous unusual plants such as Hedge Hyssop and over 100 bird species call this home. Though the premier time of year to see this interesting site was past, it was still fascinating. The lake has a short viewing boardwalk, and a very pleasant half mile trail through the adjacent oak and Ponderosa Pine forest.
For those wishing to do more hiking, the nearby Boggs Mountain State Forests Creek Trail is a pleasant about 3 mile shaded walk. There are dozens of other trails, but we found this one the most interesting.
Equisetum telmateia (Giant Horsetail)
Polystichum imbricans ssp. imbricans (Narrow Leaf Sword Fern)
Polystichum munitum (Sword Fern)
Pteridium aquilinum var. pubescens (Bracken Fern)
Woodwardia fimbriata (Giant Chain Fern)