April 22, 2010

Trail Description:
The Bull Valley staging area provides access to a grass and eucalyptus covered park with great views extending from the Carquinez to the Benicia bridge and surrounding towns.
Just west of the staging area is a pleasant picnic area with grassy fields, restrooms and shade. From here we hiked up eastward to the top of the hill. The park is small and you can easily get to the other end in an hour. Take a moment to stop here, as there is a bench with wonderful views of Benicia and the straits below.

Trail Location: here
Park Page:

Blooming Plants Not Photographed:

NN=Non Native
Achillea millefolium (Yarrow)
Amsinckia menziesii var. intermedia (Fidddleneck)
Anagallis arvensis (Scarlet Pimpernel)NN
Brassica nigra (Black Mustard)NN
Calystegia purpurata ssp. purpurata (Coast Morning Glory)
Carduus pycnocephalus (Italian Thistle)NN
Castilleja exerta (Purple Owlís Clover)
Ceanothus thyrsiflorus (Ceanothus)
Claytonia perfoliata (Minerís Lettuce)
Conium maculatum (Poison Hemlock)NN
Dichelostemma capitatum (Blue Dicks)
Erodium botrys (Long Billed Filaree)NN
Erodium cicutarium (Red Stemmed Filaree)NN
Erodium moschatum (White Stemmed Filaree)NN
Eschscholzia californica (California Poppy)
Gallium sp. (Bedstraw)
Geranium dissectum (Cut Leaf Geranium)NN
Geranium molle (Doveís Foot Geranium)NN
Hypochaeris glabra (Smooth Catís Ear)NN
Hypochaeris radicata (Rough Catís Ear)NN
Lithophragma affine (Woodland Star)
Lotus wrangelianus (Sub Pinnate Lotus)
Lupinus bicolor (Miniature Lupine)
Lupinus nanas (Sky Lupine)
Malva nicaeensis (Bull Mallow)NN
Matricaria matricarioides (Pineapple Weed)
Medicago polymorpha (Bur Clover)NN
Melilotus indicus (Yellow Sweet Clover)NN
Plantago lanceolata (English Plantain)NN
Ranunculus californicus (California Buttercup)
Ranunculus muricatus (Prickle Fruited Buttercup)NN
Salvia clevelandii (Cleveland Sage)
Sambucus mexicana (Blue Elderberry)
Sanicula bipinnatifida (Purple Sanicle)
Sanicula crassicaulis (Snake Root)
Scrophularia californica (Bee Plant)
Senecio vulgaris (Common Groundsel)NN
Silene gallica (Windmill Pink)NN
Silybum marianum (Milk thistle)NN
Sinapis arvensis (Charlock)NN
Sisyrinchium bellum (Blue Eyed Grass)
Sonchus asper (Prickly Sow Thistle)NN
Sonchus oleraceus (Smooth Sow Thistle)NN
Taraxacum officinale (Dandelion)NN
Toxicodendron diversilobum (Poison Oak)
Trifolium dubium (Shamrock)NN
Trifolium hirtum (Rose Clover)NN
Trifolium macraei (Twin Headed Clover)
Trifolium repens (White Clover)NN
Trifolium subterraneum (Subterranean Clover)NN
Vicia sativa (Vetch)NN
Vicia villosa (Hairy Vetch)NN

Fern Not Photographed:
Pentagramma triangularis (Goldback Fern)