April 24,  2014

We haven't been here for two years almost to the day and forgot how like an emerald cathedral parts of this hike could be with it's majestic tall trees roofing our broad hiking trail. For a diversion, take the Black Point Trail off Mitchell. It offers a bit of sun, dryer ecosystem and some nice views. A half mile later it rejoins Mitchell. As the trail is mostly shaded, it makes for a good summer hike if taken early in the day.

See our Park page for more information. 

Blooming Plants Not Photographed:
NN= Non Native
Achillea millefolium (Yarrow)
Achyrachaena mollis (Blow Wives)
Aesculus californica (Buckeye)
Agoseris grandiflora (Mt. Dandelion)
Amsinckia intermedia (Fiddleneck)
Anagallis arvensis (Scarlet Pimpernel)
Capsella bursa-pastoris (Shepardís Purse)NN
Carduus pycnocephalus (Italia Thistle)NN
Castilleja affinis (Indian Paintbrush)
Castilleja exserta ssp. exserta (Purple Owlís Clover) Castilleja foliosa (Wooly Indian Paintbrush)
Chamomilla suaveolens (Pineapple Weed)NN Chlorogalum pomeridianum (Soap Plant)
Clarkia purpurea (Winecup)
Claytonia perfoliata (Minerís lettuce)
Clematis ligusticifolia (Virgins Bower)
Collinsia heterophylla (Chinese Houses)
Collinsia sparsiflora (Blue Eyed Mary)
Delphinium nudicaule (Red Larkspur)
Dichelostemma congestum (Ookow)
Eriophyllum lanatum (Wooly Sunflower)
Erodium botrys (Long Beaked Filaree)NN
Erodium cicutarium (Red Stemmed Filaree)NN
Erodium moschatum (White Stemmed Filaree)NN
Gallium aparine (Bedstraw)
Geranium dissectum (Cut Leaf Geranium)NN
Geranium molle (Doves Foot Geranium)NN
Heracleum maximum (Cow Parsnip)
Hypochaeris glabra (Smooth Catís Ears)NN
Lithophragma affine (Woodland Star)
Lupinus albifrons (Silver Bush Lupine)
Madia gracilis (Slender Madia)
Medicago polymorpha (Bur Clover)NN
MImulus aurantiacus (Sticky Money Flower)
Nemophila heterophylla (Canyon Nemophila)
Ranunculus californicus (Ca. Buttercup)
Ranunculus occidentalis (Western Buttercup)
Rosa californica (Cal. Rose)
Rubus ursinus (Ca. Blackberry)
Sanicula bipinnatifolia (Purple Sanicle)
Sanicula crassicaulis (Snakeroot)
Scandix pecten-veneris (Shepardís Needle)NN
Senecio vulgaris (Common Groundsel)NN
Sisymbrium officinale (Hedge Mustard)NN
Sisyrinchium bellum (Blue Eyed Grass)
Stachys ajugoides rigida (Rigid Hedge nettle)
Stellaria media (Chickweed)NN
Thysanocarpus curvipes (Lace Pod)
Trifolium hirtum (Rose Clover)NN
Toxicodendron diversilobum (Poison Oak)
Triteleia laxa (Ithurielís Spear)
Uropappus lindleyi (Silver Puffs)
Vicia sativa (Vetch)NN
Vicia villosa (Hairy Vetch)NN

Ferns & Allies Not Photographed:
Adiantum jordanii (Maidenhair Fern)
Dryopteris arguta (Wood Fern)
Pellaea andromedifolia (Coffee Fern)
Pellaea mucronata (Birdís Foot Fern) Pentagramma triangularis (Goldback Fern)