August 16, 2007

Trail Description: Limantour trail is a wonderful coastal trail that goes beside marshes, over dunes, and along the shore. And the scenery takes in hills, birds, wildflowers, and the ocean. It's a popular trail, but the miles of wide open space it's easy to find solitude a few hundred feet in any direction.

Trail Location:
From Olema on Hwy 1, take Bear Valley Rd. to Limantour. Parking is about 9 miles further at the end of the road on the right.
There are toilets, and the trail starts due south, just before the dunes. It's only about 2.5 miles to the end of the spit, but walking on sand can be taxing.

Blooming Plants Not Photographed:
NN=Non native
Birds Foot Trefoil (Lotus corniculatus) NN
Bull Thistle (Cirsium vulgare) NN
Bush Lupine (Lupinus arboreus)
Cat Tails (Typha sp.)
Coast Morning glory (Calystegia purpurata)
False Dandelion ( Hypochaeris radicata) NN
Indian Paintbrush (Castilleja affinis)
Pink Sand Verbena (Abronia umbellata)
Poison Hemlock (Conium maculatum) NN
Rein Orchid ( Piperia elegans)
Sea Rocket (Cakile maritima) NN
Sea Thrift (Armeria maritima)
Sticky Monkey Flower (Mimulus aurantiacus)
Tar Plant (Madia sativa) NN
Wild Blackberry (Rubus ursinus)
Yarrow (Achillea millefolium)










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Limantour marshes with gum plants in the forground.