June 12, 2008

Trail Description:
Devil's Gulch is a deep wooded mixture of
tanoaks, Madrones, Live Oaks, Bays, Doug Fir's and a few Redwoods.
Due to the shaded geography and almost rainforest lushness, there were abundant wildflowers as well as a good supply of poison oak, stinging nettles and mosquitoes, so come prepared. About 1000' in, the trail branches right down alongside the creek. At another 700' a bridge crosses to two other trails, one going up to Mt. Barnaby, but Devil's Gulch trail goes straight to the gate at the end, about 1.5 miles from the entry. Since this is not a real loop, one could take the more open grassy fire road in (especially during the cooler mornings) and the creek side trail back. 

Trail Location:
From the Park entrance on Sir Francis Drake, go north one mile to the "Devil's Gulch Horse Ranch" sign on the right. You will see a gate. Parking is on the left alongside the road.

Blooming Plants Not Photographed:
NN= Non Native
Bee Plant (Scrophularia californica)
Black Mustard (Brassica nigra) NN
Blue Elderberry (Sambucus mexicana)
Buckeye (Aesculus californica)
California Blackberry (Rubus ursinus)-Berry only
California Poppy (Eschscholzia californica)
Canyon Nemophila (Nemophila heterophylla)
Coast Morning Glory (Calystegia purpurata ssp. purpurata)
Dog Tail Grass (Cynosurus echinatus) NN
Field Bindweed (Convolvulus arvensis) NN
Hedge Nettle (Stachys ajugoides var. rigida)
Hillside Pea (Lathyrus vestitus var. vestitus)
Himalayan Blackberry (Rubus discolor) NN
Italian Thistle (Carduus pycnocephalus) NN
Minerís Lettuce (Claytonia perfoliata)
Ookow (Dichelostemma congestum)
Poison Hemlock (Conium maculatum) NN
Purple Sand Spurrey (Spergularia rubra) NN
Red Stemmed Filaree (Erodium cicutarium) NN
Rough Catís ear (Hypochaeris radicata) NN
Scarlet Pimpernel (Anagallis arvensis) NN
Seep Monkey Flower (Mimulus guttatus)
Sticky Monkey Flower (Mimulus aurantiacus)
Strawberry Clover (Trifolium fragiferum) NN
Umbrella Sedge (Cyperus eragrostis)
White Eyed Centaury (Centaurium muehlenbergii)
Yerba buena (Satureja douglasii)

Ferns & Allies Not Photographed:
Bracken Fern (Pteridium aquilinum)
California Polypody (Polypodium californicum)
Giant Horsetail (Equisetum telmateia)
Gold Back Fern (Pentagramma triangularis)
Maiden Hair Fern (Adiantum jordanii)
Sword Fern (Polystichum munitum)
Wood Fern (Dryopteris arguta)





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Teasel (Dipsacus sativus): Non native. The bruised root is suppose to cure warts.