October 28, 2008

Trail Description:
On recommendations from a friend, we headed up to the Sonoma coast on an overcast Monday morning. It was with some trepidation that we made a right onto Willow Creek Road, a dried grassy river bank lined with old cottages just south of Jenner. But at the end of a 3 mile broken asphalt and dirt road, there was a woodsy secluded campground nestled among giant redwoods which ran up the hill as far as one could see. We unpacked our gear and headed up to one of the best wooded hikes in months.

Trail Location:
3 miles East from Highway 1 on Willow Creek Road on the south shore of the Russian River a half mile south of Jenner. See Map.

Blooming Plants Not Photographed:
NN=Non Native
Coastal Aster (Symphyotrichum chilense)
California Blackberry (Rubus ursinus)
California Poppy (Eschscholzia californica)
Coast Buckwheat (Erigonum latifolium)
Coast Hedge Nettle (Stachys chamissonis)
Coyote Bush (Baccharis pilularis)
Dandelion (Taraxacum officinale) NN
Dove’s Foot Geranium (Geranium molle)NN
Gumplant (Grindelia stricta)
Lotus (Lotus angustissimus)NN
Ox Eye Daisy (Leucanthemum vulgare) NN
Pennyroyal (Mentha pulegium) NN
Prostrate Coyote Bush (Baccharis pilularis ssp. pilularis)
Rough Cat’s Ear (Hypochaeris radicata)NN
Smooth Cat’s Ears (Hypochaeris glabra)
Umbrella Sedge (Cyperus eragrostis)
Wight’s Indian Paintbrush (Castilleja wightii)
Wood Rose (Rosa gymnocarpa)
Yarrow (Achillea millefolium)

Ferns and Allies:
Bracken Fern (Pteridium aquilinum var. pubescens),
California Polypody (Polypodium californicum)
Common Horsetail (Equisetum arvense)
Sword Fern (Polystichum munitum)
Wood Fern (Dryopteris arguta)







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Seaside Daisy (Erigeron glaucus) is blooming in spite of the extreme environmental conditions of heavy wind and little water.