May 29, 2008

Trail Description: This was our first foray into Indian Valley (Open Space Preserve) and we were surprised at the steepness of some of the trails off of Indian Valley Fire Road. The Schwindt loop while fairly flat is mostly a climax Oak and Bay forest with quite a few birds but few flowers. Wildcat, and Susan Alexander trails were Oak, Bay, and Madrone forests with lots of Sticky Monkey flowers and Buckeyes in bloom, plus some nice views. Unfortunately the Waterfall Trail stream was little more than a trickle.  

Trail Location:
See the park page for directions.

Blooming Plants Not Photographed:
NN=Non Native
Birdís Foot Trefoil (Lotus corniculatus) NN
Black Mustard (Brassica nigra) NN
Blue Eyed Grass (Sisyrinchium bellum)
Bull Thistle (Cirsium vulgare) NN
Bur Clover (Medicago polymorpha) NN
California Honeysuckle (Lonicera hispidula)
Dandelion (Taraxacum officinale) NN
Field Bindweed (Convolvulus arvensis) NN
Hairy Vetch (Vicia villosa) NN
Harvest Brodiaea (Brodiaea elegans)
Hayfield Tarweed (Hemizonia congesta ssp. congesta)
Hedge Nettle (Stachys ajugoides var. rigida)Himalayan Blackberry (Rubus discolor)NN
Ithurielís Spear (Triteleia laxa)
Little Rattlesnake Grass (Briza minor) NN
Long Beaked Filaree (Erodium botrys) NN
Milkwort (Polygala californica)
Miniature Lupine (Lupinus bicolor)
Ookow (Dichelostemma congestum)
Pineapple Weed (Chamomilla suaveolens) NN
Purple Sand Spurry (Spergularia rubra) NN
Rattlesnake Grass (Briza maxima) NN
Rose Clover (Trifolium hirtum) NN
Rough Catís Ear (Hypochoeris radicata) NN
Smooth Catís Ear (Hypochoeris glabra) NN
Spanish Clover (Lotus purshianus var. purshianus)
Sticky Monkey Flower (Mimulus aurantiacus)
Sunflower (Eriophyllum sp.)
White Clover (Trifolium repens) NN
White Stemmed Filaree (Erodium moschatum) NN
Woodland Madia (Madia madioides)
Yarrow (Achillea millefolium)

Ferns Not Photographed:
Goldback Fern (Pentagramma triangularis)
Lady Fern (Athyrium filix-femina)
Maidenhair Fern (Adiantum jordanii)
Sword Fern (Polystichum munitum)
Wood Fern (Dryopteris arguta)









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Starting down into the Schwindt climax oak and bay forest.