October 2, 2008

Trail Description: Since the Perimeter Road is 5 miles, and we were only in the mood for a leisurely hike, we opted for the East side that runs past two Garrisons. It begins with wonderful short, but steep view studded climb right out of the landings east side made easier by a hundred or so stairs. Unfortunately the North Garrison was still closed for restoration, and there were few flowers. But the ferry ride over, the views and the ambiance of the island more than made up for the loss. 

Trail Location: See the park page for directions.

Blooming Plants Not Photographed:
NN=Non Native
Bull Thistle (Cirsium vulgare) NN
Coyote Bush (Baccharis pilularis)
Dandelion (Taraxacum officinale) NN
California Poppy (Eschscholzia californica)
Little Rattlesnake Grass (Briza minor) NN
Narrow Leaf Cattail (Typha angustifolia)
Rough Catís Ears (Hypochaeris radicata) NN
Toyon (Heteromeles arbutifolia)

Ferns and Allies Not Photographed:
Bracken Fern (Pteridium aquilinum var. pubescens)
Common Scouring Rush (Equisetum hyemale)
Sword Fern (Polystichum munitum)
Wood Fern (Dryopteris arguta)







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Our trip began in Vallejo, where dredges were keeping the mud buildup in check.