August 2, 2007

Trail Description: Sky Trail starts out from the parking lot looking like a walk along a common fire trail for the first half mile. Then the pines close in and dense clusters of ferns appear as trees collect and rain down moisture from the Pacific. This trip took us about 3 miles in with an elevation gain of about 500'. It's often cool and wet...even in summer, so bring layers and something water resistant.

Trail Location:
From Highway one take Bear Valley Road to Limantour Road. The parking lot is 3.4 miles down on the left.

Plants Seen But Not Photographed:
NN= Non Native
Aster (Aster chilensis)
Birds Foot Trefoil (Lotus corniculatus) NN
California Buttercup (Ranunculus californicus)
California Poppy (Eschscholzia californica)
Coast Morning Glory (Calystegia purpurata)
False Dandelion (Hypochoeris radicata) NN
Hedge Nettle (Stachys ajugoides var. rigida)
Lupine (Lupinus sp.)
Narrow Leaf Flax (Linum bienne) NN
Pickle Fruited Ranunculus (Ranunculus muricatus)
Poison Hemlock (Conium maculatum)NN
Red Elderberry (Sambucus racemosa)–berries
Scarlet Pimpernel (Anagallis arvensis)NN
Skunkweed (Navarretia squarrosa)
Sticky Monkey Flower (Mimulus aurantiacus)
Wild Blackberry (Rubus ursinus)
Wild Honeysuckle (Lonicera hispidula)
Yarrow (Achillea millefolium)

Ferns Seen but Not Photographed:
Bracken Fern (Pteridium aquilinum)
California Polypody (Polypodium californicum)
Sword Fern (Polystichum munitum)
Wood Fern (Dryopteris arguta)








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Towering trees and solitude