May 30, 2019

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Hike Description:
The Canyon trail is a roughly one mile trail down through dense forests to a 20 foot waterfall.

As the temperature promised to be cool, we decided to head for Sugarloaf, a favorite of many, and we hadn't been there for a while. It's down the beautiful Adobe Canyon Road about a half mile north of Kenwood, a small quaint community alongside Hwy 12. After a three mile drive through a dense forested canopy it opens up into the park and it's new parking lot on the left side. We donned our gear and headed down one of the parks nicest hikes, the deeply forested Canyon Trail.

Directions: Sugarloaf is located about 4 miles East of Santa Rosa.

Park and Trailmap: here
Location map: here
$5 / car for day use. 

See our Park page for other hike here and more information.


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Blooming Plants Not Photographed:
NN=Non Natives

Achillea millefolia (Yarrow)
Adenocaulon bicolor (Trail Plant)
Acmispon glaber (Deer Weed)
Aesculus californicus (Ca. Buckeye)
Anisocarpus madioides (Woodland Madia)
Aralia californica (Elk Clover)
Bellis perennis (English Daisy)NN
Briza maxima (Rattle Snake Grass)NN
Calystegia purpurata ( Coast Morning Glory)
Carduus pycnocephalus )Italian Thistle)NN
Chlorogalum pomeridianum (Soap Plant)
Claytonia parviflora (Miner’s Lettuce)
Conium maculatum (Poison Hemlock)NN
Convolvulus arvensis (Field Bindweed)NN
Cyperus eragrostis (Umbrella Sedge)
Dichelostemma congestum (Ookow)
Diplacus aurantiacus (Sticky Monkey Flower)
Eschscholzia californica (Ca. Poppy)
Erodium botrys (Long Beaked Filaree)NN
Erodium cicutarium (Red Stemmed Filaree)NN
Geranium purpureum (Little Robin)NN
Hieracium albiflorum (Hawkweed)
Hypochaeris radicata (Rough Cat’s Ears)NN
Lomatium repostum (Napa Lomatium)
Lysimachia arvensis (Scarlet Pimpernel)NN
Madia gracilis (Slender Tarplant)
Madia sativa (Coast Tar Plant)
Matricaria discoidea (Pineapple Weed)
Melilotus indicus (Yellow Melilotus) NN
Myosotis latifolia (Forget-Me-Not)NN
Petrorhagia dubia (Pink)NN
Plantago lanceolata (English Plantain)NN
Polygala californica (Milkwort)
Prosartes hookeri (Hooker’s Fairy Bells)
Rhagadiolus stellatus (Endive Daisy)NN
Rosa gymnocarpa (Wood Rose)
Rumex acetosella (Sheep Sorrel)NN
Sanicula laciniata (Cutleaf Sanicle)
Sedum spathulifolium (Stone Crop)
Silene gallica (Windmill Pink)NN
Silene laciniata (Indian Pink)
Sisyrinchium bellum (Blue Eyes Grass)
Sonchus oleraceus (Smooth Sow Thistle)NN
Spergularia rubra (Sand Spurrey)NN
Stachys rigida (Hedge Nettle)
Trifolium hirtum (Rose Clover)NN
Trifolium subterraneum (Subterranean Clover)NN
Trifolium willdenovii (Tom Cat Clover)
Vicia sativa (Vetch) NN
Vicia villosa (Hairy Vetch)NN

Ferns Not Photographed:

Adiantum jordanii (Maidenhair Fern)
Dryopteris arguta (Wood Fern)
Pellaea andromedifolia (Coffee Fern)
Pellaea mucronata (Bird’s Foot Fern)
Pentagramma triangularis (Goldback Fern)
Polypodium californicum (Ca. Polypody)
Polystichum munitum (Sword Fern)


Checkerbloom (Sidalcea diploscypha): We found several of these natives in an open field. They averaged about 2" across.






Diogenes Lantern (Calochortus amabilis): Diogenes was a Greek philosopher who embraced self sufficiency & rejected luxury.
A native.


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Two Eyed Violet (Viola ocellata): Notice the two “eyes” on this native.    Farewell to Spring (Clarkia amoena): An annual native which grew over 1 foot tall., The flowers were about 1-1/2" across.


Wooly Sunflower (Eriophyllum lanatum): These natives liked the sunny dry slopes on the side of the road.


Steps make for easy climbing.




Baby Stars (Leptosiphon bicolor): Maybe called Baby Stars because they are small–only about 1/4" across. They are natives which like grassy areas.   Live Forever (Dudleya cymosa): A native which grew on the rocks in the sunny banks.




Ithuriel’s Spear (Triteleia laxa): Ithuriel was an angel of sacrifice according to the 16th century writer Kabbala. A native.

Young man taking a photo on the trail.