June 14, 2007

Trail Description: As you may be able to tell, Chimney Rock is one of our favorite trails. Not only does the coastal climate provide for a unique year round wildflower habitat, but a welcome relief from interior heat. Clothed in windbreakers and sweaters we slowly made our way amid luxuriant growths of salmon colored velvet grass (considered weeds by some) to the point and back, an easy round trip of about 2.5 miles. The picnic tables at the lifeboat station make a nice stopping point for lunch as well as a chance to observe birds and shore life.

Trail Location:
the trail is about 16.5 miles down 'Sir Francis Drake' from 'Bear Valley' Rd. Look for the 'Chimney Rock' sign just after 'Ranch A'. The road is off to the left with the trailhead about a mile down.  It's basically one lane with a few pull-outs, so watch for oncoming traffic.

Blooming Plants Not Pictured:
(NN= Non native)
Beach Morning Glory (Calystegia purpurata)
Birds Foot Trefoil (Lotus corniculatus) NN
Calla Lily (Zantedeschia aethiopica) NN
California Blackberry (Rubus ursinus)
California Poppy (Eschscholzia californica)
Cow Clover (Trifolium wormskioldii)
Cow Parsnip (Heracleum lanatum)
Cranesbill (geranium dissectum) NN
Hairy Vetch (Vicia sativa) NN
Hedge Nettle (Stachys ajugoides var, rigida)
Live-For-Ever (Dudleya farinosa) --In Bud
Mustard (Brassica sp.)
Narrow Leafed Mule Ears (Wyethia angustifolia)
Oats (Avena sp.) NN
Plantain (Plantago sp.)
Poison Hemlock ( Conium maculatum)
Purple Cudweed (Gnaphalium purpurata)
Purple Shrubby Nightshade (Solanum laciniatum) NN
Rattlesnake Grass (Briza maxima) NN
Scarlet Pimpernel (Anagallis arvensis) NN
Sea Thrift (Armeria maritima)
Seaside Daisy (Erigeron glaucus)
Seaside Paintbrush (Castilleja wightii)
Sheep Sorrell (Rumex acetosella) NN
Sky Lupine (Lupinus nanus)
Small Flax (Linum bienne) NN
Velvet Grass (Holcus lanatus) NN
Yarrow (Achillea millefolium)
Yellow Bush Lupine (Lupinus arboreus)

Bracken Fern (Pteridium aquilinum)
California Polypody (Polypodium californicum)
Sword Fern (Polystichum munitum)











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Velvet grass trail.