September 19, 2008

Trail Description: Once again we're off to the Chimney Rock trail. And there are good reasons. Relief of heat, short hike for older legs, wonderful scenery, flowers, birds, sea lions, and a new restaurant. Now for the good and bad...  The weather was perfect,  the scenery sublime, animals were present, and we caught a rare glimpse of the Farallons which were  20 miles off shore. But the flowers must have migrated south, and the new restaurant we were so looking forward to at Drakes Beach was closed this day in spite of information to the contrary.   Ah well.

Trail Location:
See the park page for directions.

Blooming Plants Not Photographed:
NN=Non Native
Birdís Foot Trefoil (Lotus corniculatus) NN
Bull Thistle (Cirsium vulgare) NN
California Aster (Symphyotrichum chilense)
California Poppy (Eschscholzia californica)
Coast Buckwheat (Eriogonum latifolium)
Coastal Oxalis (Oxalis albicans ssp. pilosa)Common Yarrow (Achillea millefolium)
Coyote Bush (Baccharis pilularis)
English Plantain (Plantago lanceolata) NN
Franciscan Paintbrush (Castilleja subinclusa ssp. franciscana)
Iceplant (Carpobrotus edulis) NN
Little Pink Iceplant (Drosanthemum floribundum) NN
Pearly Everlasting (Anaphalis margaritacea)
Pennyroyal (Mentha pulegium) NN
Prostrate Gum Plant (Grindelia stricta var. platyphylla)
Purple Sand Spurrey (Spergularia rubra) NN
Rough Cats Ears (Hypochaeris radicata) NN
Seaside Daisy (Erigeron glaucus)
Shrubby Purple Flowered Nightshade (Solanum laciniatum) NN
Small Flax (Linum bienne) NN
Smooth Sow Thistle (Sonchus oleraceus) NN
Summer Mustard (Hirschfeldia incana) NN
Weedy Cudweed (Gnaphalium luteo-album) NN

Ferns Not Photographed:
Bracken Fern (Pteridium aquilinum var. pubescens)
Sword Fern (Polystichum munitum)









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Australian Fireweed (Erechtites glomerata): Non native. It comes from New Zealand as well as Australia.