February 19, 2007

Trail Description:
There are a number of  trails that range from Grassy to Oak Woodland. Many on the way to Lake Maria go through  dense oak forests with enticing views of the Napa Valley below.  Put on your hiking boots at the parking lot and follow the trail at it's southern end to the Martha Walker Garden for a quick glimpse of a homey garden. Then head for the road that splits Lake Louise and Camille to begin the trail heads on the other side. The main road up is uninteresting gravel with little vegetation, so we suggest taking the first right then the second left to Skyline trail.  Don't forget to check out the Old House Foundation for a bit of melancholy. If you start about 10 am, a leisurely pace should put you close to Lake Marie for a nice lunch.
For the hearty, try Thatchers Rim Rock Trail. For those who are ready for an easier track back, Maria Creek Trail winds down through an interesting climax Oak forest.

Plants not Pictured:
"Ferns and Fern Allies":
   Five Finger Fern (Adiantum aleuticum)
   Gold Back Fern (Pentagramma triangularis)

   Horsetail (Equisetum sp.)
   Maidenhair Fern (Adiantum jordanii)

Other Blooming Plants:
   Dwarf Vetch (Vicia sp.)
   Miners Lettuce (Claytonia perfoliata)
   Wild Violet (Viola sp.)

Please Note: Because this hike was taken in mid February and the year has been a dry one so far, there were limited numbers of wild flowers in bloom.





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Trail is in red.