September 6, 2007

Trail Description: Once again we visit Chimney Rock. It's been three months since our last trip and what a difference. Much of the grass has died. Many of the previous wildflowers are gone or dry.  Yet there are enough left to make for an interesting hike. Weather can change from minute to minute, as you can see from the last and first photograph, so bring extra clothing.

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 Photographed:
NN=Non Native
Aster (Aster chilensis)
Bird’s Foot Trefoil (Lotus corniculatus) NN
Bull Thistle (Cirsium vulgare) NN
California Poppy (Eschscholzia californica)
Checkerbloom (Sidalcea malviflora)
Common Dandelion (Taraxacum officinale) NN
False Dandelion (Hypochaeris radicata) NN
Gum Plant (Grindelia stricta)
Iceplant (Carpobrotus edulis) NN
Indian Paintbrush (Castilleja affinis)
Little Pink Iceplant (Drosanthemum floribundum) NN
Naked Lady (Brunsvigia rosea) NN
Narrow Leaved Flax (Linum bienne) NN
Pearly Everlasting (Anaphalis margaritacea)
Poison Hemlock (Conium maculatum) NN
Wild Blackberry (Rubus ursinus)
Wight’s Indian Paintbrush (Castilleja wightii)
Yarrow (Achillea millefolium)

Ferns Seen:
Bracken Fern (Pteridium aquilinum)
Sword Fern (Polystichum munitum)










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View of the rescue station looking north-west