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

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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

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Wildflowers along the Tahoe Rim Trail from Mt Rose Summit to Mt Houghton

This post is a companion to another post about a hike along the Tahoe Rim Trail (TRT) from the Mt Rose Summit on NV-431 to the summit of Mt Houghton.  The other post describes the hike itself and shows some … Continue reading

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Mt Whitney Trail: Whitney Portal to Outpost Camp (in daylight)

When I hiked the Mt Whitney Trail from Whitney Portal to the summit of Mt Whitney two summers ago, several factors were in my favor.  I was lucky to be able to join, at the last minute, a group that … Continue reading

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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

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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

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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

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