July 31, 2008

Trail Description:
We ventured forth to three new parks this week, all on the eastern shore of Tomales Bay. Tomasini appeared so overgrown we couldn't even enter. Golden Gate Nat'l Rec. Area (GGNRA) is mostly open pasture with few native plants other than what the cows missed. Millerton Point in contrast, was a delightful little park well worth the short 1.4 mile circular beach and meadow trail that overlooks the bay, the charming little town of Inverness and Tomales Bay Oyster farm.

Trail Location:
GGNRA is on Hwy 1, about 2 miles from downtown Pt. Reyes Station. Millerton is 2.8 miles further (parking just off Hwy 1, look sign "Alan Sieroty Beach"), and Tomasini (shown as Tomales S.P. on Google) another 1.7 miles north.

Blooming Plants Not Photographed:
NN=Non Native
Birdís Foot Trefoil (Lotus corniculatus) NN
Black Mustard (Brassica nigra) NN
Bristly Ox Tongue (Picris echioides) NN
Bull Thistle (Cirsium vulgare) NN
Bush Lupine (Lupinus arboreus)
California Aster (Lessingia filaginifolia var. californica)
California Honeysuckle (Lonicera hispidula var. vacillans)
California Poppy (Eschscholzia californica)
Coast Tarplant Madia sativa)
Coastal Angelica (Angelica hendersonii)
Coyote Thistle (Eryngium armatum)
English Plantain (Plantago lanceolata) NN
Field Bindweed (Convolvulus arvensis) NN
Himalayan Blackberry (Rubus discolor) NN
Iceplant (Carpobrotus chilensis) NN
Italian Thistle (Carduus pycnocephalus) NN
Jaumea (Jaumea carnosa)
Long Beaked Filaree (Erodium botrys) NN
Marsh Gumweed (Grindelia stricta var. angustifolia)
Milk Thistle (Silybum marianum) NN
Miniature Lupine (Lupinus bicolor)
Poison Hemlock (Conium maculatum) NN
Rose Clover (Trifolium hirtum) NN
Rough Catís Ears (Hypochaeris radicata) NN
Scarlet Pimpernel (Anagallis arvensis) NN
Sky Lupine (Lupinus nanus)
Sticky Monkey Flower (Mimulus aurantiacus)
Skunk Weed (Navarretia squarrosa)
Sheep Sorrel (Rumex acetosella) NN
Water Pepper (Persicaria hydropiperoides)
Wild Radish (Raphanus sativus) NN
Willow Herb (Epilobium ciliatum)

Ferns Not Photographed:
Bracken Fern (Pteridium aquilinum var. pubescens)
Giant Horsetail (Equisetum telmateia ssp. braunii)







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Coastal Aster (Symphyotrichum chilense): Old Latin name was Aster chilensis.