July 22, 2013

Hike/Park Description:
We had heard about Boggs Lake for years through our plant connections and finally had the opportunity to see one of the premier vernal pool plant communities in the state. The lake itself is about 90 acres held in place by a mostly impervious layer of volcanic ash. Numerous unusual plants such as Hedge Hyssop and over 100 bird species call this home. Though the premier time of year to see this interesting site was past, it was still fascinating. The lake has a short viewing boardwalk, and a very pleasant half mile trail through the adjacent oak and Ponderosa Pine forest.

For those wishing to do more hiking, the nearby Boggs Mountain State Forests Creek Trail is a pleasant about 3 mile shaded walk. There are dozens of other trails, but we found this one the most interesting.

Boggs Lake Location
Boggs Lake Trail GPS
Boggs Forest location
Creek Trail GPS

Blooming Plants Not Photographed:
NN=Non Native
Adenocaulon bicolor (Trail Plant)
Cirsium occidental var. occidental (Cobweb Thistle)
Cirsium vulgare (Bull Thistle)NN
Cornus nuttallii (Mt. Dogwood)
Eriophyllum lanatum (Wooly Sunflower)
Festuca californica (Calif. Fescue)
Gnaphalium canescens ssp. beneolens (Cudweed)
Hemizonia congesta ssp. luzulifolia (White Hayfield Tarweed)
Heracleum maximum (Cow Parsnip)
Hieracium albiflorum (White Hawk Weed)
Lythrum californicum (Calif. Loosestrife)
Plantago lanceolata (English Plantain) NN
Scrophularia californica (Bee Plant)
Scirpus acutus (Common Tule)
Solidago canadensis ssp. elongata (Goldenrod)
Verbascum thapsus (Wooly Mullen) NN

Ferns & Allies Not Photographed:
Equisetum telmateia (Giant Horsetail)
Polystichum imbricans ssp. imbricans (Narrow Leaf Sword Fern)
Polystichum munitum (Sword Fern)
Pteridium aquilinum var. pubescens (Bracken Fern)
Woodwardia fimbriata (Giant Chain Fern)