March 24, 2008

Trail Description: The North and Central Pygmy forest trails start off among somewhat scruffy Redwoods and Pines that are gradually replaced by broad leaves such as Madrones and Oaks as you gain elevation and distance from the coast.  The Pygmy forest itself is dominated by spindly looking Cypress above a stunted Manzanita and Rhododendron undergrowth... mostly due to an impermeable clay hard pan below. Stump Beach is a nice redwood trail that slowly gains elevation until Kruse road. The new shoreline trail off Gerstle Cove is the same as all the other shore trails in this park... sublime, awesome, breathtaking, and amazing. 

Trail map:

Blooming Plants Not Photographed:
NN=Non Native

American Vetch (Vicia americana)
Blue Violet (Viola adunca)
California Blackberry (Rubus ursinus)
California Buttercup (Ranunculus californicus)
Candy Flower (Claytonia siberica)
Cow Parsnip (Heracleum lanatum)
Common Groundsel (Senecio vulgaris) NN
Daffodils ( Narcissus sp.) NN
Dandelion ( Taraxacum officinale) NN
English Plantain (Plantago lanceolata) NN
False Solomon’s Seal (Smilacina stellata)
Footprints-Of-Spring (Sanicula arctopoides)
Forget-Me-Not (Myosotis latifolia) NN
Giant Vetch (Vicia gigantea)
Hounds Tongue (Cynoglossum grande)
Indian Warrior (Pedicularis densiflora)
Milk Maids (Cardamine californica var. californica)
Montbretia (Crocosmia x crocosmiiflora) NN
Red Hot Poker Plant (Kniphofia uvaria) NN
Redwood Sorrel (Oxalis oregana)
Salal (Gaultheria shallon)
Salmon Berry (Rubus spectabilis)
Scarlet Pimpernel (Anagallis arvensis) NN
Scotch Broom (Cytisus scoparius) NN
Sheep Sorrel (Rumex acetosella) NN
Snakeroot (Sanicula crassicaulis)
Sticky Money Flower (Mimulus aurantiacus)
Vinca (Vinca major) NN
Wake Robin (Trillium ovatum ssp. ovatum)
Weedy Cudweed (Gnaphalium luteo album) NN
Wood Strawberry (Fragaria vesca)
Yerba Buena (Satureja douglasii)

Ferns and Allies Not Photographed:
Bracken Fern (Pteridium aquilinum var. pubescens)
California Polypody (Polypodium californicum)
Deer Fern (Blechnum spicant)
Giant Chain Fern (Woodwardia fimbriata)
Giant Horsetail (Equisetum telmateia var. braunii)
Leather Fern (Polypodium scouleri)
Sword Fern (Polystichum munitum)













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Black Huckleberry (Vaccinium ovatum): Can be eaten by humans and other animal life.