May 31, 2007

Trail Description: This mile long trail meanders slowly through  lush pine forests from the road  to Hearts Desire Beach with an elevation drop of  about 500'. This is one of the most dense forest trails we have taken so far. Keep an eye open and you will likely see nesting falcons. The hike in should take an hour or two and there are picnic tables at both Hearts Desire and Indian bring a lunch and enjoy the view. 

Trail Location: From  Sir Frances Drake going east, bear right onto Pierce Road and the trailhead is on the right a mile up . Watch for a good size turnout. A mossy sign indicates the trailhead.

Blooming Plants Not Pictured:
(NN= Non Native)
Beach Strawberry (Fragaria chiloensis)
Blue Eyed Grass (Sisyrinchium bellum)
California Blackberry (Rubus ursinus)
Candy Flower (Claytonia sibirica)
Ceanothus (Ceanothus sp.)
Chickweed (Stellaria media)
Coast Hedge Nettle (Stachys chamissonis)
Coast Wild Cucumber (Marah oreganus)
Cow Parsnip (Heracleum lanatum)
Douglas Iris (Iris douglasiana)
Forget Me Not (Myosotis latifolia)-NN
Fringe Cups (Tellima grandiflora)
Hazelnut (Corylus cornuta)
Hedge Nettle (Stachys ajugoides var. ridiga)
Hillside Pea (Lathyrus vestitus)
Morning Glory (Calystegia purpurata)
Rattlesnake Grass (Briza maxima)-NN
Salal (Gaultheria shallon)
Salmon Berry (Rubus spectabilis)
Sea Rocket (Cakile maritima)-NN
Small Fruited Sedge (Scirpus microcarpus)
Snake Root (Sanicula crassicaulis)
Sour Clover (Melilotus indica)

Ferns and Fern Allies:
Bracken Fern (Pteridium aquilinum)
Giant Chain Fern (Woodwardia fimbriata)
Horsetail (Equisetum sp.)
Sword Fern (Polystichum munitum)



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Trail head marker