October 30, 2008

Trail Description:
The Rift trail follows the  boundary between the Pacific Plate (moving south) and North American Plate (moving north). Fortunately it didn't move while we were on our hike, and we enjoyed an almost 6 mile walk that ranged from open grassy cow and turkey occupied meadows to thick pine forests. 
This trail traverses a lot of private land, but it's well defined. It's advisable to use a shuttle unless one is up for an 11 mile hike.

Trail Location:
The trail starts a few hundred feet south of the Point Reyes visitors center dirt parking lot just past the locked gate. A sign marks the trailhead. 

Blooming Plants Not Photographed:
NN=Non Native
Bull Thistle (Cirsium vulgare) NN
Coastal Oxalis (Oxalis albicans ssp. pilosa)
Common Knot Weed (Polygonum arenastrum) NN
Coyote Bush (Baccharis pilularis)
Feverfew ((Chrysanthemum parthenium) NN
Italian Thistle (Carduus pycnocephalus) NN
Lippia (Phyla nodiflora) NN
Pennyroyal (Mentha pulegium) NN
Rough Catís Ears (Hypochaeris radicata) NN
Smart Weed (Polygonum sp.)
Smooth Catís Ears (Hypochaeris glabra)NN
Stinging Nettle (Urtica dioica)
Southern Cattail (Typha domingensis)
Strawberry Clover (Trifolium fragiferum) NN
Summer Mustard (Hirschfeldia incana) NN
Wide Leaf Cattail (Typha latifolia)
Yellow Hayfield Tarweed (Hemizonia congesta ssp. congesta)

Ferns and Allies Not Photographed:

Bracken Fern (Pteridium aquilinum var. pubescens)
Common Horsetail (Equisetum arvense)
Giant Horsetail (Equisetum telmateia)
Gold Back Fern (Pentagramma triangularis)
Lady Fern (Athyrium filix-femina)
Sword Fern (Polystichum munitum)








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Sheep Sorrel (Rumex acetosella): Non native. Tiny flowers about 1/16 inch across.