LYNCH CANYON
VALLEY & PRAIRIE TRAILS
May 10,  2012
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Trail/Park Description:
Lynch is not for the faint of heart.
First it's mostly dried grass, then there are hundred degree days and a climb from hell. After that comes the fierce hot (or icy) winds, and to top it all, you might not even be able to get in. So why go?
Well, if your timing is right and you go in spring, you'll encounter waves of lush green grass, balmy breezes, strange twisted trees, fascinating rock formations and lastly, when that steep but reasonably short hike opens up to amazing views that go from San Francisco to the whole north bay... your heart will be pounding and it will all have been worth while. Unfortunately the park has been mostly closed due budget problems, but it's still open on weekends.

See our Park page for more information. 

Blooming Plants Not Photographed:
NN= Non Native
Amsinckia intermedia (Fiddleneck)
Anagallis arvensis (Scarlet Pimpernel)NN
Carduus pycnocephalus (Italian Thistle)NN
Centaurea calcitrapa (Purple Star Thistle)NN
Centaurea solstitialis (Yellow Star Thistle)NN
Cirsium vulgare (Bull Thistle)NN
Claytonia perfoliata (Minerís Lettuce)
Convolvulus arvensis (Field Bindweed)NN
Dichelostemma capitatum (Blue Dicks)
Dichelostemma congestum (Ookow)
Erodium botrys (Long Beaked Filaree)NN
Erodium cicutarium (Red Stemmed Filaree)NN
Erodium moschatum (White Stemmed Filaree)NN
Eschscholzia californica (California Poppy)
Geranium dissectum (Cut Leaf Geranium)NN
Hypochaeris glabra (Smooth Catís Ears)NN
Hypochaeris radicata (Rough Catís Ears)NN
Lomatium utriculatum (Common Lomatium)
Lotus corniculatus (Birdís Foot Trefoil)NN
Lupinus nanus (Sky Lupine)
Medicago polymorpha (Bur Clover)NN
Mimulus aurantiacus (Sticky Monkey Flower)
Mimulus guttatus (Seep Monkey Flower)
Picris echioides (Bristly Ox Tongue)NN
Plantago lanceolata (English Plantain)NN
Ranunculus californicus (Calif. Buttercup)
Ranunculus muricatus (Prickle Fruited Buttercup)NN
Raphanus sativus (Wild Radish)NN
Rorippa nasturtium-aquaticum (Watercress)NN
Rubus armeniacus (Himalayan Blackberry)NN
Rumex acetosella (Sheep Sorrel)NN
Sanicula bipinnatifida (Purple Sanicle)
Scrophularia californica (Bee Plant)
Silene gallica (Windmill Pink)NN
Stellaria media (Chickweed)NN
Sisymbrium officinale (Hedge Mustard)NN
Sisyrinchium bellum (Blue Eyed Grass)
Sonchus aster (Prickly Sow Thistle) NN
Toxicodendron diversilobum (Poison Oak)
Tragopogon porrifolius (Oyster Plant)NN
Trifolium dubium (Shamrock Clover)NN
Trifolium hirtum (Rose Clover)NN
Trifolium plumosum (Plumed Clover)NN
Trifolium subterraneum (Subterranean Clover)NN
Vicia americana (American Vetch)
Vicia sativa (Vetch)NN
Vicia villosa (Hairy Vetch)NN
Viola pedunculata (Johnny Jump Up)


Ferns & Allies Not Photographed:
Pentagramma triangularis (Gold Back Fern)