October 23, 2008

Trail Description:
We took this hike last year in May, and it appeared very similar except everything was a little less lush and there were fewer flowers. The tide also wasn't as low, with many of the interesting formation underwater. None the less, it was an inspiring walk. The immensity of the beach and cliffs aren't appreciated until you see people next to them. If you love the beach, and scenery on a grand scale, this is the hike.  

Trail Location:
See the park page for directions.

Blooming Plants Not Photographed:
NN= Non Native
Beach Bur Sage (Ambrosia chamissonis)
Bee Plant (Scrophularia californica)
Bull Thistle (Cirsium vulgare) NN
California Blackberry (Rubus ursinus)
California Poppy (Eschscholzia californica)
Cinquefoil (Potentilla anserina)
Coast Buckwheat (Eriogonum latifolium)
Coast Hedge Nettle (Stachys chamissonis)
Coyote Bush (Baccharis pilularis)
Cut Leaf Plantain (Plantago coronopus) NN
Dandelion (Taraxacum officinale) NN
English Plantain (Plantago lanceolata)NN
Gumplant (Grindelia stricta)
Iceplant (Carpobrotus edulis)NN
Poison Hemlock (Conium maculatum) NN
Prostrate Coyote Bush (Baccharis pilularis ssp. pilularis)
Prostrate Gumplant (Grindelia stricta var. platyphylla)
Scarlet Pimpernel (Anagallis arvensis) NN
Sea Rocket (Cakile maritima) NN
Small Flowered Nightshade (Solanum americanum)
Sticky Monkey Flower (Mimulus aurantiacus)
Summer mustard (Hirschfeldia incana) NN
Water Pepper (Polygonum hydropiperoides)
Weedy Cudweed (Gnaphalium luteo-album)NN
Wight’s Indian Paintbrush (Castilleja wightii)

Ferns and Allies:
Bracken Fern (Pteridium aquilinum var. pubescens)
Giant Horsetail (Equisetum telmateia)









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Mudstone cliffs of Drakes Bay dating back to the Miocene with hikers for scale.