August 19,  2010

Trail Description: It was on the spur of the moment that we decided to take Lagoon, a new trail (for most of us). Seeing as it was somewhat steep, we decided to take it from the top down, and come back via the Coastal Trail, a more moderate climb back up. This wound up to be a delightful hike which included grassy meadows, then some wooded sections, and lastly the coast (which by that time was clear and pleasant). To our surprise, quite a few flowers were still blooming in contrast to the inland sections at this time of year. After a leisurely lunch we strolled the beach to the lagoon, where we headed back through the thickly wooded riparian area of the Coastal Trail. The only glitch to this otherwise perfect hike was that the last part of the trail was un-shaded and uphill. Now if they could put in a little lemonade stand with tables in the shade about half way up...

More information: here
Trail Map: here

Blooming Plants Not Photographed:

NN=Non Native
Achillea millefolium (Yarrow)
Ambrosia chamissonis (Beach Bur Sage)
Anagallis arvensis (Scarlet Pimpernel)NN
Anaphalis margaritacea (Pearly Everlasting)
Artemisia douglasiana (Mugwort)
Baccharis pilularis ssp. pilularis (Prostrate Coyote Bush)
Cakile maritima (Sea Rocket)NN
Calystegia purpurata ssp. purpurata (Coast Morning Glory)
Carpobrotus chilensis (Ice Plant)NN
Carpobrotus edulis (Ice Plant)NN
Castilleja subinclusa ssp. franciscana (Franciscan Indian Paintbrush)
Chamomilla suaveolens (Pineapple Weed)NN
Cirsium vulgare (Bull Thistle)NN
Clarkia davyi (Davyís Fairy Fan)
Conium maculatum (Poison Hemlock)NN
Cyperus eragrostis (Umbrella Sedge)
Dudleya farinosa (Sea Lettuce)
Eschscholzia californica (California Poppy)
Erechtites glomerata (Australian Fireweed)NN
Erigeron glaucus (Seaside Daisy)
Erodium botrys (Long Beaked Filaree)NN
Eriophyllum staechadifolium (Lizard Tail)
Gamochaeta purpurea (Purple Cudweed)
Geranium molle (Doveís Foot Geranium)NN
Gnaphalium californicum (California Everlasting)
Gnaphalium luteo-album (Weedy Cudweed)NN
Gnaphalium ramosissimum (Pink Cudweed)
Heracleum maximum (Cow Parsnip)
Hypochaeris radicata (Rough Catís Ears)NN
Lathyrus latifolius (Sweet Pea)NN
Linum bienne (Narrow Leaf Flax)NN
Lonicera hispidula var. vacillans (California Honeysuckle)
Lotus corniculatus (Birdís Foot Trefoil)NN
Lupinus arboreus (Bush Lupine)
Lythrum hyssopifolium (Loosestrife)NN
Madia sativa (Coast Tarplant)
Mentha pulegium (Pennyroyal)NN
Mimulus aurantiacus (Sticky Monkey Flower)
Mimulus guttatus (Seep Monkey Flower)
Navarretia squarrosa (Skunkweed)
Oenanthe sarmentosa (Water Parsley)
Oxalis corniculata (Creeping Wood Sorrell)NN
Plantago lanceolata (English Plantain)NN
Plantago maritima (Pacific Seaside Plantain)
Potentilla anserina ssp. pacifica (Pacific Potentilla)
Rorippa nasturtium-aquaticum (Water Cress)NN
Rubus parviflorus (Thimbleberry)
Rubus ursinus (California Blackberry)
Rumex acetosella (Sheep Sorrel)NN
Scrophularia californica (Bee Plant)
Sonchus asper (Prickly Sow Thistle) NN
Spergularia rubra (Purple Sand Spurrey)NN
Stachys chamissonis (Giant Hedge Nettle)
Stachys ajugoides var. rigida (Hedge Nettle)
Stellaria media (Chickweed)NN
Symphyotrichum chilense (California Aster)
Trifolium fragiferum (Strawberry Clover)NN
Trifolium repens (White Clover)NN
Typha latifolia (Wide Leaf Cattail)
Urtica dioica (Stinging Nettle)
Veronica americana (American Speedwell)
Vicia sativa (Vetch)NN
Zeltnera muehlenbergii (White Eyes Centuary)

Ferns & Allies Not Photographed:
Dryopteris arguta (Wood Fern)
Equisetum arvense (Common Horsetail)
Equisetum telmateia (Giant Horsetail)
Polystichum munitum (Sword Fern)
Pteridium aquilinum var. pubescens (Bracken Fern)