February 19,  2009

Trail Description:
Coyote Trail branches from the Redwood Trail two thirds of a mile in and forms a loop with an elevation gain of  about 500 feet. Most of the trail is heavily wooded and you won't see much sunlight until you near Coyote Peak. From there the trail slowly descends into the canyon through some lush redwoods and finally back to  Ritchey Creek. It's about a 4.5 mile loop and makes for a leisurely outing. A short side trip up to the peak offers excellent views of the surrounding areas. This would make an excellent cool summer hike, or bring your long-johns in winter.

Trail Map:
Park Link:  here

Blooming Plants Not Photographed:
NN=Non native
California Bay (Umbellularia californica)
Chickweed (Stellaria media) NN
Common Groundsel (Senecio vulgaris) NN
Common Manzanita (Arctostaphylos manzanita)
English Daisy (Bellis perennis) NN
Milk Maids (Cardamine californica)
Minerís Lettuce (Claytonia perfoliata)
Red Henbit (Lamium purpureum) NN
Shepardís Needle (Scandix pecten-veneris) NN
Sticky Monkey Flower (Mimulus aurantiacus)
Vetch (Vicia sativa) NN

Ferns Not Photographed:
Birdís Foot Fern (Pellaea mucronata)
Bracken Fern (Pteridium aquilinum var. pubescens)
California Polypody Fern(Polypodium californicum)
Coastal Wood Fern (Dryopteris arguta)
Dudleyís Shield Fern (Polystichum dudleyi)
Giant Chain Fern (Woodwardia fimbriata)
Goldback Fern (Pentagramma triangularis)
Nested Polypody Fern (Polypodium calirhiza)
Western Sword Fern (Polystichum munitum)








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California Hazelnut (Corylus cornuta var. californica): Male pollen bearing catkin flowers.