November 6, 2008

Trail Description:
By accident we chose the perfect day to introduce the River Walk to 3 new hikers. It started cool and clear, but by the time we got to the Point for a bite to eat, it was well into the lower 70's. The Box Elders and Oaks formed welcoming shade as we glimpsed views of Middle Slough and Cosumnes River through occasional clearings. One of the reasons for choosing this site at this time of year is that's it's generally still clear, fall colors are just starting, and for birders, the marshes are beginning to teem with life. As an added bonus, we got some wonderful glimpses of Sand Hill Cranes near Staten Island Road on the way home.

Trail Location: See the park page for directions.

Blooming Plants Not Photographed:
NN=Non Native
Birdís Foot Trefoil (Lotus corniculatus)NN
Bristly Ox Tongue (Picris echioides)NN
California Poppy (Eschscholzia californica)
Chicory (Cichorium intybus)NN
Cocklebur (Xanthium strumarium)
Coyote Bush (Baccharis pilularis)
Field Bindweed (Convolvulus arvensis)NN
Horseweed (Conyza canadensis)
Mat Grass Lippia (Phyla nodiflora var. nodiflora)
Narrow Leafed Cattail (Typha angustifolia)
Pepper Grass (Lepidium latifolium)NN
Scarlet Pimpernel (Anagallis arvensis)NN
Spikeweed (Hemizonia pungens)
Summer Mustard (Hirschfeldia incana)NN
Umbrella Sedge (Cyperus eragrostis)
Verbena (Verbena bonariensis)NN
White Clover (Trifolium repens)NN
White Sweet Clover (Melilotus alba)NN
Wild Radish (Raphanus sativus)NN
Yarrow (Achillea millefolium)









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The visitor center south deck is well protected and available for gatherings.