August 9,  2009

Trail Description:
We took this trail almost exactly two years ago, and from memory it appeared a little dryer.
There seemed to be fewer flowers, but perhaps we were only looking for new specimens.
The proximity of the ocean usually makes for a temperate hikes, and this year was no exception. It actually seemed warmer than the cool interior. The tide was low and it made inspecting the marsh areas and their unique environments possible. For ocean, dune, bird and plant views, this hike is hard to beat. To make it out to the spit, start early (or be young and full of energy).

Trail Location: here
Park Page:

Blooming Plants Not Photographed:
NN=Non Native
Achillea millefolium (Yarrow)
Ambrosia chamissonis (Beach Bur Sage)
Anagallis arvensis (Scarlet Pimpernel)NN
Anthemis arvensis (Stinking Chamomile)NN
Armeria maritima (Sea Thrift)
Baccharis pilularis (Coyote Bush)NN
Calystegia purpurata (Coastal Morning Glory)
Carpobrotus edulis (Iceplant)NN
Cirsium vulgare (Bull Thistle)NN
Conium maculatum (Poison Hemlock)NN
Cordylanthus maritimus var. palustris (Pt. Reyes Birdís Beak)
Erechtites glomerata (Australian Fireweed)NN
Foeniculum vulgare (Fennel) NN
Frankenia salina (Alkali Heath)
Gnaphalium californicum (California Everlasting)
Gnaphalium luteo-album (Weedy Cudweed)NN
Grindelia stricta var. angustifolia (Bay Saltmarsh Gumplant)
Hypochaeris radicata (Rough Catís Ears)NN
Jaumea carnosa (Jaumea)
Lotus corniculatus (Birdís Foot Trefoil)NN
Lupinus propinquus (Blue Bush Lupine)
Mimulus aurantiacus (Sticky Monkey Flower)
Navarretia squarrosa (Skunk Weed)
Plantago lanceolata (English Plantain)NN
Rubus ursinus (California Blackberry)
Salicornia virginica (Pickleweed)
Sonchus asper (Prickly Sow Thistle)NN
Spergularia rubra (Purple Sand Spurrey)NN