October 25, 2007 

Trail Description: Phoenix lake is the westernmost reservoir in the water district. The 3.5 mile trail around it is combination of fire roads on the northern and western sides, and smaller trails through fairly dense oak woodlands on the southern side with minor elevation change. There are also small marsh habitats which harbor their own plant and bird populations.  There were few blooming plants during this time, as expected. But some fall colors were evident and the hike was pleasant.  

Trail Location: From 101, take Sir Francis Drake west to Lagunitas Road. Turn left and a free parking lot is at the end of the road. Parking can be a problem on weekends.

Blooming Plants Not Pictured:
NN=Non native
Buckeye (Aesculus californica)–Fruit only
Bull Thistle (Cirsium vulgare) NN
Coyote Bush (Baccharis pilularis)
False Dandelion (Hypochaeris radicata) NN
Himalayan Blackberry (Rubus discolor)- Berry only NN
Rattle Snake Grass (Briza maxima) NN
Summer Mustard (Hirschfeldia incana) NN

Ferns & Fern Allies not Pictured:
Bracken Fern (Pteridium aquilinum)
California Polypody (Polypodium californicum)
Chain Fern (Woodwardia fimbriata)
Giant Horsetail ( Equisetum telmateia)
Gold Back Fern (Pentagramma triangularis)
Sword Fern (Polystichum munitum)
Wood Fern (Dryopteris arguta)









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Umbrella Sedge (Cyperus eragrostis): Needs moist ground.