Category Archives: wildflower hikes

Surprising Summer Wildflowers at the Regional Parks Botanic Garden

This was a no-apology wildflower walk at the Regional Parks Botanical Garden in Tilden Regional Park in Berkeley.  Why no-apology?  Well, two days prior I had received a newsletter with an article highlighting two rare clarkia wildflowers that were in … Continue reading

Posted in Contra Costa County, East Bay, East Bay Regional Park District, wildflower hikes | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

Tahoe Meadows Loop Trails

During a recent visit to the north Lake Tahoe area I decided to explore a pretty system of trails at Tahoe Meadows, near Mt Rose summit: the Tahoe Meadows Loop Trails.  Most of the hike I did was recently highlighted … Continue reading

Posted in Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest, North Tahoe, Tahoe Rim Trail, wildflower hikes | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

Coal Creek Open Space Preserve

This hike was my first visit to Coal Creek Open Space Preserve, a 500-acre preserve along Skyline Blvd (CA-35) just northwest of Page Mill Rd in the southeast corner of San Mateo County.  The preserve is just across Skyline Blvd … Continue reading

Posted in Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District, San Mateo County, wildflower hikes | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Santa Clara County Parks PixInParks Challenge: Santa Teresa

A 2.6-mile loop hike at Santa Teresa County Park on the Stile Ranch, Mine, and Fortini Trails is well-known as a great spring wildflower hike.  And although I’ve hiked this loop, or part of it, several times, on this particular … Continue reading

Posted in Santa Clara County, South Bay, wildflower hikes | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Golden Gate National Recreation Area – Tennessee Valley Trail

This hike could be characterized as short and sweet: short, at just over 4 miles round trip, and sweet, for the stunning views and beautiful wildflowers.  The Tennessee Valley Trail leads from a trailhead at the end of Tennessee Valley … Continue reading

Posted in Marin County, North Bay, wildflower hikes | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

Calero County Park – wildflowers along Lisa Killough Trail

Very recently Santa Clara County Parks opened a new section in Calero County Park northwest of Calero Reservoir, referred to as the Rancho San Vicente section of the park.  There is a brand new trailhead with a large parking area … Continue reading

Posted in Santa Clara County, South Bay, wildflower hikes | Tagged , , , , , | 2 Comments

Sonoma Valley Regional Park after 2017 Wildfires

In the weeks and months following a natural disaster such as an earthquake or a wildfire, it can be beneficial to the local community for visitors to return, as part of the more general return to normalcy.  In the aftermath … Continue reading

Posted in North Bay, Sonoma County, wildflower hikes | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment