March 19, 2010

Trail Description:
This road which took 20 years to build opened in 1893 as a transportation route between Calistoga, the Oat Hill Mine and a few other areas in the Palisades Hills . It's now a narrow, rocky trail that climbs steadily for about five miles and gains almost 1000 foot of elevation by the time it reaches Holmes Place, some remains of an early settler. The landscape is mostly a mixture of Oak and Pine woodlands interspersed with open grasslands and views of Napa valley. Trees shade about half the trail. Parking is off street at the intersection of 29 and the Silverado Trail.

Park Location: here
Trail Map: here
Park Page:

Blooming Plants Not Photographed:

NN=Non Native
Amsinckia menziesii (Fiddleneck)
Brassica rapa (Field Mustard)NN
Claytonia perfoliata (Minerís Lettuce)
Dichelostemma capitatum (Blue Dicks)
Dodecatheon hendersonii (Shooting Star)
Erodium botrys (Long Beaked Filaree)NN
Erodium moschatum (White Stemmed Filaree)NN
Eschscholzia californica (California Poppy)
Gallium porrigens (Climbing Bedstraw)
Geranium dissectum (Cut Leaf Geranium)NN
Lathyrus vestitus (Hillside Pea)
Lupinus bicolor (Miniature Lupine)
Lupinus nanus (Sky Lupine)
Medicago polymorpha (Bur Clover)NN
Mimulus aurantiacus (Sticky Monkey Flower)
Mission Bells (Fritillaria affinis)
Nemophila heterophylla (Canyon Nemophila)
Pedicularis densiflora (Indian Warrior)
Plantago lanceolata (English Plantain)NN
Quercus agrifolia (Coast Live Oak)
Ranunculus californicus (California Buttercup)
Ranunculus occidentalis (Western Buttercup)
Raphanus sativus (Wild Radish)NN
Sanicula bipinnatifida (Purple Sanicle)
Sanicula crassicaulis (Snake Root)
Senecio vulgaris (Common Groundsel)NN
Sonchus oleraceus (Smooth Sow Thistle)NN
Thysanocarpus curvipes (Lacepod)
Vicia sativa (Vetch)NN
Vicia villosa (Hairy Vetch)NN

Ferns Not Photographed :
Adiantum jordanii (Maidenhair Fern)
Pellaea andromedifolia (Coffee Fern)
Pentagramma triangularis (Goldback Fern)
Polypodium calirhiza (Nested Polypody)